Make-Over Monday: Three Tips to Save You Time {cooking, cleaning & laundry}

Hello, Monday.

{We are so ready for you and this new week!}

Busy has become the new brag and there are some fascinating articles and statistics out there, talking about all the reasons why.

But regardless of where you fall in the spin of “busy, busy”, like me, you probably spend a lot of time doing a few  basic necessaries that can take up a lot of time – like laundry, cleaning & cooking food.

So here are my three tips guaranteed to save you time.

This is how I start every Monday and it sets my pace for every week.

  1. Do one load of laundry every day. I literally can’t believe I am saying that, because I used to turn my nose up at the very thought. I thought having one or two “laundry days” was the only way to do it. But seriously. Throwing a load of laundry into my washing machine – almost  e.v.er.y.   s.i.n.g.l.e. day – has saved me SO much time. No more days of being tied to my washer and dryer or being overwhelmed by baskets (or couches) overflowing with laundry.  Sometimes I do two loads (if I need to wash some bedding or towels, for example), but just doing one load a day – start to finish – has saved me time AND overwhelm. There is something incredibly EMPOWERING to consistently have empty or almost-empty laundry baskets. 

2.   Make a menu. Don’t you dare roll your eyes at me.  The last several months I have struggled with kitchen creativity and cooking frustration and it all started (again…because yes, I have been there many times before) when I started slacking off on meal-planning. {I also spend (and waste) more $$ on take-out and groceries when I don’t have a plan. Go figure, right?} Meal planning does not have to hem you in and keep you from being spontaneous, contrary to some popular opinions that I’ve heard. No menu ever needs to be “do or die”, unless you make it that way. But planning a menu – weekly, biweekly, monthly, or however else you decide to – will save you time. I’ve messed around with meal planning and not meal planning to know this, um, basically for a ??fact??.

In fifteen minutes or less, I literally mapped out meals and a grocery list for two weeks. Boom. I have the choice to deviate from my menu if I want too, BUT I know that for the next two weeks at least, I have all the food I need on-hand for specific, homemade meals that will nourish my family. Stress be-gone. Plus, I just earned myself some extra time messing around trying to decide what to make and wondering if I have the ingredients that I need.

3. Clean first. First – decide what you like to regularly be cleaned in your house. What is it that drives you crazy or distracts you until it’s done? Some people spazz-out over their floors needing regularly washed, while other people *need* a clean bathroom. I don’t know what your thing is, but whatever it is, clean first.

Seriously. Most people don’t like cleaning and the people I know that do – still prefer it crossed off their to-do list. I have found that I get so much MORE accomplished and have more time to spare – through my whole week –  when I clean first.

Cleaning first, maintaining laundrymeal-planning  eliminates potential stress and frames my week for greater productivity and more time freedom – to work from home, serve in ministry, make better memories with my people and do more of what I love.

Make over your Monday and you might just make over your life.

Happy Monday ~ Happy Week.

 

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