Through the years I have learned that the more I prepare the home for the weekend the more I am able to enjoy it with my family.

Set the menus for the weekend— something fun for Friday night, an all family dinner on Saturday night, and simple dinner for Sunday night.  When our children were younger it was always pizza for the kids and something with adult ingredients for me and my husband.  My husband and I approached these Friday evenings as in-house date night.  Saturday dinner is a meal the entire family will enjoy. It is a meal that reflects a little more effort than the weeknight dinners. Sunday is always relaxing and with fall football games, I don’t want to spend a lot of the time in the kitchen — so it is simple and easy like soup, pasta, or a crockpot creation.

Grocery shop on Thursday so parts of the meal can be made on Friday. This is the most rewarding accomplishment — when I can just pull out of the fridge a pot of soup, potato salad, an appetizer, or a fresh dessert — life is good!

Tidy and Clean the House: This does not mean spring cleaning on Friday but it is whatever we need to do to let go of “housework” in order to be relaxed and flexible for the weekend.  For me this is definitely vacuuming because of all the pet hair that accumulates, clean bathrooms, clean off the landing pad (our kitchen table), laundry baskets emptied, a general straightening of the house.

Team Uniforms Located and Clean: If team sports for any of the family occur on the weekend take the time on Friday to locate those uniform parts and clean if necessary — this alone eleviates buckets of stress!

Plan Family Activities:  If it looks like the weather over the weekend is going to be rainy, snowy, or cold rent movies ahead of time.  Plan a bike ride, a night to play games, or invite another family over for dinner.  OR maybe plan no activities because the family has been on the go and everyone needs just to be home.  You know their needs — plan ahead to meet those needs.

These suggestions don’t require much more than intentional planning ahead. The time invested will reward you and the family with rest and relaxation.  Have a great weekend! Leave a comment on the porch and let me know what you are planning this weekend!

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