Plan Ahead for Monday

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Hey there! Well, a  Monday for many of us means getting the house in order after the weekend. For many others it means heading out the door for work bright and early.  No matter how you start your week, we can all use some help in preparing for the week ahead.

  1. On Sunday before you start your week clean your kitchen and get it ready for the cooking and activities that you will be busy with all week long. Wipe down your counter tops and backsplash. Clean out your fridge, discarding any leftovers from your week. Wipe the fronts of your ovens and other appliances. You can even clean your cabinet doors if you have time. Clean your stove top as well, removing any spills, crumbs or stains from the week. This doesn’t take long and you will thank yourself Monday morning for doing this!
  2. As you go into Monday tackle that laundry like Rip and Lisa showed us how in their recent post.
  3. Iron things needed for the week and hang things in the appropriate closets.
  4. If you don’t have to work on Monday then do your grocery shopping. DON’T go without a plan and a list! (been there, done that…it’s not good!)
  5. If you do go to work on Mondays then use Saturday or Sunday afternoon to get your shopping done.
  6. Plan your cleaning day. For me it is usually Monday or Tuesday. Whatever day you clean just try and do it in anticipation of a new week.  As you clean your house, I have found it is best to tackle similar jobs at once. Instead of doing it room by room, do it in “categories”. For example, clean all your toilets first. Then go back and clean all your tubs, floors etc….Then move onto the dusting. Dust everything, moving from room to room. After dusting then get out that vacuum and go after it. If you have any rooms that need mopping besides your bathrooms, then do those next. I have found this system keeps me on task instead of getting side tracked when I try to clean one room at the time. You know how it is…you start to clean your den and then you get distracted with the stack of mail or magazines. Cleaning by “category” helps you get it all done in one day. If for some reason you can’t finish up, at least you will know all the toilets and floors are clean or that everything is dusted etc….. This way it is easier to pick up where you left off.
  7. Now, on your cleaning day you probably still have to prepare dinner. (Unless your husband and children are “Chefs du Jour” ! ) Do NOT try to make a gourmet meal on your cleaning day. It is just too much to do. Plan a Crock Pot dinner like Ashley Lancaster showed us last week. Or have something simple like Sloppy Joes or Tacos. ( Let me recommend The Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes. They are great!) Below is an easy meal to prepare anytime of the week, but especially on cleaning day. I call it my One Dish Wonder!



One Dish Wonder

2 large chicken breasts(about 1 1/2 lbs) cut in half lengthwise and then crosswise

4-5 medium red skinned potatoes

Green Beans or Broccoli (fresh or frozen)

1 Package of Italian or Greek Salad Dressing mix

3/4 Stick of butter, melted.

In a 9 x 13 dish or larger, arrange all the potatoes in one row, then the chicken in the middle and put the green beans or broccoli on the the other side of the chicken. Sprinkle with the dressing mix and then drizzle the melted butter on top. I also drizzled with a little olive oil as well. Then cover it with foil and bake at 350 for 1- 1 1/2 hours.

Serve with a green salad and a roll and dinner is served.

On a cleaning day this is my kind of meal!

My husband and I are empty nesters, but, our son has moved back home while he is starting his own business. Even though it is just the 3 of us I still like to have some order to my week.  No matter your season of life, I hope these tips make your life at home a little less stressful. Your family will thank you and you will thank yourself!

” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Happy Homemaking!

Living Free,


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