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Once the Summer Holidays are over and the nights draw in, I start to feel the need to really make the most of our weekends together. During the week, we fill our days with school and work. We spend most evenings doing homework, making tea, going to clubs, and preparing for the following day of school and work. By the time we’re “free”, it’s too dark and late to go out anywhere.
As we progress through the week I have a running list of jobs that I plan to get done at the weekend. Spoiler alert: by the end of the weekend, I still haven’t managed to achieve them. There never seems to be enough time. On other weekends, I find we’ve been productive work-wise but haven’t managed to actually relax and enjoy any family time together. If we’ve not been outdoors, I always feel we’ve wasted this precious time. It’s all about getting the balance right to really make the most of family weekends:
How to Make the Most of Family Weekends
Make a List!
Everyone’s situation is different. Think about what you have to do this weekend and what you really want to get out of it. Make a list of all the chores you need to do and the fun you’d like to have. Look at your calendar or diary and see what commitments you already have, whether it’s work, a dentist appointment, or a football match, and work your weekend around that.
Be Mindful That You Can’t Do Everything!
My biggest mistake every weekend is planning too much to do and writing an impossible to-do list. This leaves me feeling frustrated when Sunday night comes and I realise I’ve “not succeeded”. Firstly, try to prioritise the jobs that need to be done instead. Then cut down your list until it’s manageable. Now, come Sunday evening you can feel satisfied that you managed to achieve your intentions.
Organise Your Weekends
Depending on their own circumstances, people organise weekends in different ways. Some like to have one weekend reserved for chores and decorating, etc and then spend the second weekend relaxing and enjoying treats. Perhaps, in co-parenting families, your children are with you every second weekend, so you plan your weekends accordingly. We usually like to try and fit in a mixture of chores and fun every weekend. However, if we have a really big project such as decorating a room or a big social weekend planned then we do alternate them. I know some families like to set aside one day for chores and the next for fun but due to working hours and other commitments that isn’t always suitable for everyone.
Fit in Fun Around the Chores
As it’s the weekend and chores have to be done, try to fit in having fun around the chores. For example, when you do your weekly shop, pop some picnic foods in your trolley and enjoy a picnic lunch or short walk before heading home. If you have chilled and frozen shopping, pack an ice bag and ice packs to keep them cool). On Saturday, at our local supermarket, we managed to cross a few jobs off our list. In addition to the weekly food shop, we washed the car, refueled for the week, and dropped off recycling and clothes for charity. Then we fitted in some fun at Higgin’s Well. Back home, it was time for homework and for me to clean the kitchen then a well-deserved takeaway and movie as a treat.
We reserved Sunday for Caitlyn’s first football match of the year and then a trip to Heatherton World of Activities for her pre-birthday treat. This was followed by a cheeky drive-thru tea on the way home. Then it was home to prepare for the following school day getting the lunchboxes made, uniform ready, and kids all bathed or showered.
Weekends never seem long enough, so if you can save time in any way, then do! Here are some ideas of ways to save time so you can more of the weekend:
- Get the kids to help with chores. It can be time consuming getting them to help in the first place so have a timetable or rota they can follow.
- Make the most of any offers to help with your kids. You can achieve so much more during a child free day, which frees you up to have the following day completely free for them.
- Do your food shop online.
- Buy clothes and other essentials for the kids, teens and you- it saves so much time. Of course don’t neglect the local high street either. Save one of your weekend days occasionally for browsing and buying, having coffee and cake and eating lunch in your town.
- Hire a cleaner/window cleaner/gardener or decorator. If you can afford to then outsource jobs that others can do for you. The time this gives you with your family is prceless.
What weekend timesavers do you recommend? I need to hear them all!
What They Wore
In these photos, Rebecca wears a Blue Floral Bardot Long Puff Sleeve Ruched Tie Detail Crop Top – Lovelyn (Size 14: currently £14.99). She pairs it with Chocolate Cuffed Joggers – Lizzie (Size 14: currently £12.99) for a dressed-down, comfy look. However, this crop top is perfect for when you want to go out dressed smart casual in jeans and a nice top look. At the weekend, when you need to leave the house there is nothing comfier to slip into than a pair of high-waisted joggers.
This Bardot-style top is so pretty. We love the floral print and long puff sleeves. It would look perfect with a long boho skirt too.
What Caitlyn Wore
Caitlyn wears a Khaki Loungewear Tracksuit Set- Maria ( size L/XL: currently £18.99 but currently out of stock). Whether you’re staying home or going out a ladies loungewear set is perfect. Caitlyn wants one in navy now to slip on after county football (navy is her team colour).
Once again, we are impressed with our Femme Luxe order. The clothes came the next day and as you can see were of great quality. Free UK delivery is available on all UK orders over £25 (order before midnight for next-day delivery). There is currently an up to 75% off sale. Get an extra 10% off all items by using the code GET10 at the checkout (code valid at the time of publishing). Students, apprentices, and all under 25s can get an extra 20% off everything. All prices are a guide and correct at the time of publishing.
What clothes do you wear to relax at the weekend?