Hey Momma, are you ready for a routine that can change your life and that of your family? One that can give you a better week and make you feel productive and refreshed? Enter the Sunday Reset routine.
Grab a cup of something warm, find a cozy spot, and get ready for a game-changer in your mom life. I don’t jump on trends just to be trendy but the Sunday reset routine really has transformed my weeks for the better. Once you discover and implement this routine, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
You see, I remember being on the verge of tears Sunday night not wanting Monday to begin, not wanting the weekend to end. And I didn’t even have to go out to work at a job I hated the next morning. I work from home. But, I still felt tired. I still felt overwhelmed and was just not ready to start the week all over again.
The Before Sunday Reset Routine Picture
I mean picture it: Monday mornings in my household. My husband’s alarm clock rudely interrupted the little bit of sleep I was finally getting after being up and breastfeeding our daughter all hours of the night. Trying to grab a little prayer and devotion time that I couldn’t really concentrate on before stumbling out of bed. Letting our dogs out, and getting their food ready, greeted by a whirlwind of dirty dishes, unfolded laundry, and a complete lack of direction for the day ahead. Knowing I needed to make breakfast, clean, feed our toddler, and eat something myself. I was already starting the week overwhelmed and feeling behind. It left me wanting to grab something sugary for quick energy even though I know it wasn’t good for me and not a good example for our daughter.
Can you relate? Well, let me tell you, those days can be long gone! At least most weeks. All of us mommas know life still happens.
Enter the Sunday Reset Routine
Maybe you’ve seen that meme that says, “I need a day in between every day to recover from the last day and prepare for the next day.” It makes me laugh because it feels so true. We can’t get extra days but a Sunday Reset Routine can kind of feel like that. It’s having a day in between your week to breathe and prepare for the next week.
A Sunday reset can bring some calm out of the chaos of motherhood. It helps streamline your weekdays and brings a more manageable flow to all we need to do as busy mommas. By taking the time on Sunday to plan and prioritize, you set the tone for an organized and efficient week ahead. No more starting your week with heaps to do left from the week before making you feel behind and drained. That’s just no fun at all.
Who needs more stress when the week is just starting!
By taking care of essential tasks in advance, you can alleviate that overwhelming feeling and be better prepared to handle whatever challenges come your way. And let’s not forget about self-care! By allocating time for yourself during this routine, you ensure that you recharge and nurture yourself, making you a happier and more balanced mom. And that’s what your family really needs.
Steps to Implement a Sunday Reset Routine:
Now, let’s break down the steps to implementing this game-changing routine. Grab your pen and paper because you’ll want to take notes!
You can also grab my Sunday Reset for Busy Moms Workbook. In the workbook, I recommend 5 areas to focus on during your Sunday Rest along with worksheets to track what works and what doesn’t. There are pages for task lists, notes, and more.
Let’s get started…
Step 1: Plan and prioritize
How much time do you realistically have on Sunday to put toward your reset? Do you have someone to help you with the children during a certain time? Write it down. Then think about the areas you want to focus on during your reset and how much time you can dedicate to each. For my reset, I focus on Spiritual, Home, Family Time, Health, And Personal Time. I go into more details about each in the workbook but the key is to think about the areas where you need to be refilled and your family and your space. Sit down and make a to-do list for the week ahead. Identify the tasks that are most urgent and important, and arrange them accordingly.
Now you are already set up for a better week because you know what needs to get done. Now write down what you want to focus on for your reset in each area that you listed.
Here is an example from the workbook.
As you get used to having Sunday resets you will begin to think of things ahead and will already be prepared come Sunday with what you need to get down. Take notes throughout the week.
Step 2: Meal prep
This is something you can do as a family to spend some extra time together. Whether you do full meal preps or just light planning this can make your week so much easier. You can create a shopping list of the ingredients you need to buy and know what days you will eat what. If you don’t like to do full container meal preps, that’s fine, I’m not really a fan either, consider prepping ingredients instead. Having veggies chopped up already in the fridge and some snacks ready will help you and your family have a healthier week. When it comes to cooking and creating meals everything will be easier and faster.
You could also write in some backup plans for those days that are just too overwhelming and busy to cook. Decide what days you need to grocery shop, and where, and stick to your plan. This can greatly cut down your grocery expenses too.
Step 3: Tidy and declutter
This is one of the most powerful steps for me personally as I’m pretty Type A and do not like a cluttered home. Extra mess and extra stuff just mean more things to have to manage throughout the week and more stress. I don’t like that.
We all know how challenging it can be to navigate through piles of toys, laundry mountains, and miscellaneous items scattered about. But you don’t have to let this be another area of overwhelm. By taking small steps to tackle the clutter, you can create a welcoming and organized space that sets the tone for a smoother week ahead.
Here are some areas you may want to clean/declutter during your reset:
- Bedroom and bedding
- Laundry room
- Counters, small appliances
- Home workspace
Waking up on Monday morning to a neat house with a clutter-free kitchen counter, a freshly packed diaper bag, bins with toys organized and labeled, a tidy sofa with pillows and blankets neatly arranged, well…that just feels great.
So gather your mom superpowers, put on your favorite playlist, and dive into the world of tidying. Make it fun, make it a family affair, and reap the benefits of a simpler house the rest of the week. After all, the rewards of a decluttered home go far beyond just aesthetics. It’s about reclaiming your sanity, finding peace amidst the chaos, and making space for what truly matters – quality time with your loved ones and a peaceful home! Your reset can be a time when you schedule small decluttering projects. Just think how much you could accomplish after a month or a few months if you complete a decluttering project every Sunday. Area by area, room by room.
Step 4: Set goals and intentions.
Take some time to reflect on your personal goals and aspirations and your family goals. You can make this a special time each week when you sit down together and talk about what you want to do and accomplish as a family for the week ahead. Set clear intentions and talk about how you can work together to meet your goals. This can be great team building.
Involving even young children in the process of goal setting can be a wonderful way to foster a sense of purpose, responsibility, and unity within your family. Together, you can embark on a journey of growth, support, and shared achievements. Whether it’s cultivating healthy habits, nurturing creativity, or fostering strong family bonds, setting goals as a family can lay the foundation for a bright and fulfilling future.
This is a Sunday Reset routine that everyone can look forward to. Start by gathering around the kitchen table, snacks in hand, and create a safe space for open dialogue. Encourage your little ones to express their dreams and aspirations, and let their imaginations run wild. From there, break down those big dreams into achievable milestones that align with your family values. By involving your children in this goal-setting process, you empower them to take ownership of their dreams and instill the importance of perseverance.
Write the goals down so everyone can view them throughout the week.
You can celebrate the small victories and support and encourage one another. Remember, it’s not about the destination but the journey you embark on as a family. It’s a way to reconnect and help your family flourish!
Step 5: Self-care rituals
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to carve out time for yourself. As a busy mom, we all know it’s too easy to put your own needs on the back burner while taking care of everyone else. But remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. That’s why carving out time for self-care is essential for your well-being and overall happiness.
Remember, self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant or time-consuming. It’s about prioritizing moments for yourself, no matter how small. By establishing a self-care ritual during your Sunday Reset you can start the week feeling more refreshed. You not only replenish your energy but also model the importance of self-love and well-being for your children. So, dear busy moms, embrace the power of adding a little self-care to your Sunday routine.
Engage in activities that relax, rejuvenate, and energize you. Whether it’s taking a bubble bath, reading a book, or going for a walk, make self-care a non-negotiable part of your reset.
Something I’ve been enjoying lately is putting a documentary on in the background while scrolling through Pinterest while our toddler naps. Other times I will follow a digital art tutorial on YouTube while drawing on my iPad. If I can grab an hour to just sit and be it makes me feel so much better.
Coloring is fun too.
Tips for Maintaining a Sunday Reset Routine
Once you’ve implemented your Sunday reset routine, you have to commit to keeping it going. Consistency is key, my dear friend. Stick to the routine every Sunday to make it a habit. Involve your family and encourage them to participate and contribute. Flexibility is important too; adapt the routine to fit your unique needs and schedule. And remember, small steps lead to big changes. I’m very big on micro changes versus trying to do massive overhauls because consistent small habits will do a lot more for your life than trying to implement big ones that you don’t stick to. Start with a few tasks and gradually expand the routine as needed. And if you need to skip a week, that’s ok. Just get back to it.
The After Picture of A Sunday Reset Routine
Do you remember that before picture of overwhelm at the beginning of this post? The dreaded Monday morning with early alarms and laundry mountains?
What’s the after picture?
I’m still tired. Let’s be honest. I’m a toddler mom. But I get to start my week feeling empowered rather than overwhelmed. The house is cleaner which gives me a fresh start where I don’t feel so behind. I have the things I need to do loaded up in my Notion Calendar when I hit the home office on Monday. I’m more focused and more free and more present with my family.
A Sunday Reset Routine is not about having to do tasks all day. It is about creating a balance of week prep, family time, and personal time that will set you and your family up for a more peaceful and productive week.
A Sunday reset routine truly can make your mom life easier, more organized, and less stressful. Try and report back. I would love to hear about it and save this post to refer back to as needed.
And if you want worksheets to fill out and a bit more support be sure to check out that workbook Sunday Reset For Busy Moms.
Embrace the power of planning, set aside time for self-care, and take control of your week like the wonderful Grace-filled mom you are. You’ve got this, mamma!