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 next week flow a whole lot easier.
Over the years, I’ve refined my list of home tasks down to must-dos, and I can tell you that this weekly task list works.
So if you feel like you’re never on top of things, below are the key tasks to work on every weekend to keep your home life under control.
Simple weekly tasks: Housework
Within this category are the practical, physical things you need to do in your home once a week.
1. Weekly cleaning
Weekly cleaning tasks include:
- Changing the sheets
- Changing the towels
- Cleaning the toilet/s and bathroom/s
- Dusting the house
- Vacuuming the house
- Mopping all the floors
- Doing one hour of “spring” cleaning. (I follow my spring cleaning plan 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!
Following on from washing is of course, ironing.
I try to 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 make it a Sunday afternoon chore. I start ironing mid-afternoon 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, so a perfect motivator.
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 catching up, forward planning and educating yourself.
I always both reconcile and forward plan my budget in the weekend. I spend an hour every week not only budgeting, but also learning about money.
I often pop the headphones in and listen to Dave Ramsey.
As well as great advice, his show also illustrates how some people make somewhat understandable but also damaging choices based more on their perception of themselves than their actual reality.
You can only benefit from making one of your home tasks be around furthering your financial education.
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 know what to buy.
Meal planning is definitely a task to do in one go, as you can make sure that your meals are both 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.
5. Plan the week ahead
On the weekend, I get my daily routines sheets printed for the week ahead (you can get them by clicking on the “Related” link below).
Then I allocate the home tasks and personal jobs that I keep 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.
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 weekly 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 weekly task list printable, which you can grab 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!
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