An organised mother has revealed how she tidies her home and perfectly ‘resets’ it for the week ahead on Saturdays and Sundays, and the schedule she swears by for a streamlined week.
Steph Pase, 30, from Sydney, said the weekend is the perfect opportunity for a ‘home reset’, as it means you go into the working week with a plan and less to do while you are working full time.
‘This is my weekend routine and how I reset our home, meals and schedules ready for the week ahead! Cleaning, meal planning and prepping and getting organised,’ Steph said in a YouTube video.
An organised mother has revealed how she tidies her home and perfectly ‘resets’ it for the week ahead on Saturdays and Sundays (Steph Pase pictured at home)
One of the things Steph, from Sydney, said she does every Saturday is make a list of the meals her family are going to eat that particular week (pictured)
She will document the breakfasts, lunches and dinners they are going to have so she knows what to buy on Sunday during the grocery shopping (pictured meal planning)
What does Steph do every Saturday?
* Meal plans breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the week ahead.
* Washes all of the family bedding.
* Washes all of the bathroom towels.
* Chooses one occasional task from a list if you have time.
So what does her ‘reset’ entail?
Every Saturday, the mum-of-two said she prioritises going to the gym, washing her sheets and family’s clothes and doing a meal plan for the week ahead.
Steph will wash all of the bedding and the towels on this day, and choose one ‘occasional task’ if she has time.
Her occasional tasks include cleaning out the laundry filter, dusting and wiping the fans and the lights, washing the windows, deep cleaning the oven or fridge, flipping the mattress, wiping the walls and dusting the skirting boards.
Following this, the 30-year-old said she sits down with her meal planner and writes down a ‘meal plan’ for the week ahead which comprises breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.
‘If I don’t get everything done, but even if I can get two things done, I’m happy with that,’ Steph said.
She spends the rest of a typical Saturday with family and friends.
If Steph (pictured) has time on a Saturday, she’ll do an occasional task like cleaning out the laundry filter, dusting and wiping the fans and the lights or washing the windows
Every Saturday, the mum-of-two will also clean out the fridge to make sure that everything is in order ahead of her grocery shop (her fridge pictured)
When it comes to Sunday, Steph completes the other half of her ‘home reset’.
What does Steph do every Sunday?
* Grocery shopping.
* Meal preps all lunches and snacks for the week.
* Making the beds.
* Cleans out the fridge.
* Catches up on incomplete tasks.
* Cleans out the school bags.
This involves making all of the beds in the house, doing the grocery shopping, meal prepping and cleaning out the fridge.
She will also typically take her two girls along to the play centre so they can see their friends.
‘This morning, I’m going to go and get groceries. I’ve also got to finish the house reset, so I’ve got to make all the beds, do the washing, clean out the fridge and meal prep,’ she said in the video.
If she has time, the mum will also finish any incomplete tasks and clean out the school bags for the upcoming week.
‘I like to delegate each day of the week to a certain area or task, so I can do a bit each day instead of doing one big clean. Then I use the weekends to refresh and restock the home!’ Steph wrote on her blog.
‘Having a cleaning schedule I stick to each day means that I don’t have to think about what needs to be done. This also means I can keep on top of the housework as best as I can!’
On Saturday, Steph will wash all of the family’s bedding and sheets, before putting them all back on (pictured)
In addition to the Sunday reset, Steph also makes use of to-do lists each day to help her keep track of everything she had to complete without feeling overwhelmed (her pantry pictured)
As well as the Sunday reset, Steph also makes use of to-do lists each day to help her keep track of everything she had to complete without feeling overwhelmed.
‘One reason why I love to-do lists is because I don’t have to concentrate on keeping everything in my head – so I just write it down,’ she said, adding she also enjoys the satisfaction of ticking tasks off the list.
Her grocery shopping list is then determined by the meal plan list and what she’s going to be cooking.
The list itself is categorised based on where products are at the shop, such as meats, vegetables and fruit, snacks, breads and oils.
After purchasing the groceries, Steph chops up vegetables to eat as snacks or to use later in the week when cooking meals.
On busy days, Steph (pictured at Bunnings) plans ahead and uses her Kmart slow cooker to prepare dinner ahead of time
The use of labels in her home (pictured) means that Steph always knows where everything is and how much of each thing she has
On busy days, Steph plans ahead and uses her Kmart slow cooker to prepare dinner ahead of time.
The Sunday element of the reset of cleaning and planning often takes until midday followed by the grocery shop and meal prepping, which could take a further hour or two.
But Steph said the routine is worthwhile as it makes her feel ‘in control’ of her busy schedule as a mum, and she saves time later in the week which is spent with her family.
How to make Steph Pase’s slow-cooked pulled pork
1 Cup Beef Stock (alternatively Vegetable or Chicken work fine too)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 jar Passata Sauce
2 Cloves of crushed Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
2-3 teaspoons Mixed Herbs
2 teaspoon Parsley (fresh or packet)
1/4 Chopped Onion (optional)
1. Firstly cut off the layer of fat from the pork (if you wish to make crackling keep it and make prior to serving, or discard).
2. Place pork shoulder in the slow cooker.
3. In a bowl mix together; Stock, Olive Oil, Passata Sauce, garlic, mixed herbs, parsley and onion (literally everything!).
4. Pour over the Pork shoulder.
5. Put slow cooker on LOW for 7-9 hours (depending on the size of the pork).
6. Once finished use two forks to pull apart (if you wish to make it a bit more crisp, pop on a tray in the oven for 10 minutes on 180C).
7. Then make into tacos, burgers, wraps or anything you wish!
Source: Just Another Mummy Blog