Feel overwhelmed? Try these simple weekly tasks to keep your home under control.
From the moment the week starts anew, most of us start hanging out for the weekend. And even though it’s tempting to spend that weekend binge-watching Netflix on the couch in our comfy pants, there are some basic weekly tasks that, if you get them sorted, make your whole next week flow a little easier.
Over the years, I’ve refined my list of must-dos, so I can tell you that this list works. So if you feel like you’re never on top of things, below are the key areas to work on every weekend.
Simple weekly tasks: Housework
Within this category are the physical things you need to do in your home once a week.
1. Weekly cleaning
Weekly cleaning includes:
- Changing the sheets
- Changing the towels
- Cleaning the ensuite, toilet and bathroom
- Dusting the house
- Vacuuming the house
- Mopping all the floors
- Doing one hour of “spring” cleaning. I follow my plan from How to create a spring cleaning checklist that works year-round, and do as much as I can in the time that I have.
My husband and I split these chores, and including the spring cleaning, it takes three hours max to get them done.
2. Washing catch up
I am a big fan of a load of washing a day. However even so, the sheets and towels, plus any hand-washing that needs to be done always makes for a few extra loads on the weekend. When the washing is done- put it away! (If you want to know how to master your laundry once and for all, check out The super efficient laundry routine for busy women).
Following on from washing is of course, ironing. I try buy clothes that don’t require a lot of ironing, however the husband wears shirts to work so there’s always a decent pile of those in the basket. My trick with ironing is to allocate it as a Sunday afternoon chore. I start ironingmidafternoon and I keep going until I’ve watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and then I stop. It’s the only time I let myself watch Grey’s Anatomy, which I love, and in addition, it’s the kind of show you can take your eyes off every now and again.
Gardening is another one of those chores that need to be done consistently unless you want havoc down the road. Even just an hour or two in the weekend is enough to keep most gardens under control.
5. Grocery shopping
We only do our grocery shopping once a fortnight, and I am a massive fan of doing it online. I’m less likely to forget items and to get distracted by things that aren’t good for me. I spend the weekend time making the list and then pick the groceries up later that week after work.
Simple weekly tasks: Home organization
This category is a lot more mental than physical, and involves both catching up on things and also forward planning.
I always both reconcile and forward plan my budget in the weekend. Lately, I have added in an aspect to this, based on the advice of Money Boss’ J.D Roth. This tip was in his welcome emails, and it is to spend an hour every week not only budgeting, but also educating yourself about money. I’ve started listening to Dave Ramsey’s show during this time, which really has me thinking about how we manage our money. It also illustrates how some people make somewhat understandable but also damaging choices based more on their perception of themselves than their actual reality.
2. Pay bills
Part of budgeting also involves paying those bills that don’t go out on automatic payments or direct debits.
3. Meal planning
Now before you can do the grocery shopping above, you need to know what you’re going to cook, so you can know what to buy. I have a whole post on meal planning if you want some top tips! Meal planning is definitely a task to do in one go, as you can make sure that your meals are varied and interesting.
4. Catch up on emails and home-related paperwork
I like to start the week with Inbox Zero, so I take some time to deal to all the emails for both my professional and personal life that I haven’t attended to during the week. This is also the time where I deal to any paperwork, following the system that I explain here, in The simple way to organize your family paperwork.
5. Plan the week ahead
I’m a big fan of Trello, and so on the weekend, I get my daily routines sheets printed for the week ahead. Then I allocate the home and personal jobs that I have on Trello to each day of the week and copy them on to my daily routines list. If you haven’t checked out Trello, do so here– it’s super easy to use and it’s free.
Simple weekly tasks: Grooming
The last category is making sure that I take the time in the weekend to do those grooming tasks that can otherwise get away on you. Having these basic things done actually make a huge mental and physical difference to how in control I feel.
- Cut toenails
- Cut fingernails
- Deal to errant hair.
Yes, another special bonus of being in my 40s are these lovely hairs that sprout from places no hairs should sprout from on a woman. The weekend is a good time to make sure these are all under control!
Those are the three areas I focus on for my weekly tasks. If you’ve read my post on how you can use time-blocking to achieve balance , and you’re wondering how this fits in, I make this work by allocating sections of the above into time blocks. For example, housework is one three-hour time-block. I also do the ironing in one time-block that also incorporates my afternoon routines and preparing dinner if it is my night to cook.
These simple weekend tasks really do help you keep everything under control and move forward into the next week feeling calm. When our home lives are sorted, we have the physical and mental space to nurture our families and grow ourselves.
Finally, if you’re like, Heck yes, I’m going to try this, I’ve created it into a super handy list, which you can get if you sign up below. I’ve even left a few gaps in case there’s some other super important weekly tasks you do, and I’ve left the “errant hair” off in case of embarrassment! Enjoy!
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