The Sunday Basket: Week 1

Weekly Sunday Basket pic

I could not do nearly the amount of work I do if I did not have a weekly paper organization and planning system.

The Sunday Basket has increased my productivity, reduced our late fees and generally created sanity in our home. If this is the first time you’ve hear of the term “Sunday Basket,” well, that’s because I made it up! You can read all about how the Sunday Basket came to be here.

I learn best by watching what works for others, so this year, I am going to share my weekly planning with you with one caveat. These posts will be on a one week delay. 

Here’s why…

#1 Most importantly, I LOVE my Sunday evening routine. We have dinner as a family, I do a series of weekly household chores, take a nice long bubble bath and thoroughly enjoy going through my Sunday Basket and planning my week before I watch The Good Wife while I fold laundry and fill our weekly pill dispensers.

#2 I really want these posts on Sundays so that you, too, can get in a Sunday planning routine. In order to do that well {aka have the post edited}, I would have to change my Sunday Basket day to Friday or Saturday.

#3 I am going to share with you my family’s week and my week. I feel much more comfortable with you knowing our week AFTER it has happened. I mean, come on – this is the internet.

So today, I will share with you my Sunday Basket Process.

whats in the basket

I use a medium Longaberger Market Basket as my Sunday Basket. I toss everything in there all week long IF it can wait until Sunday for me to look at it. A few minutes ago, I tossed in cash – come back next week to learn about that!

fam cal

Along with my basket, I have my computer open and take a good look at the upcoming week on my Google calendar. I let hubby and the kids know what is coming up for them this week, too. Sometimes, I write it out on a weekly sheet for hubby if there is a lot going on.

When I am really ambitious – and in the summer – I make a colorful calendar for the fridge.

my week

If nothing else gets done on Sunday night – this does! I physically write out my week and make goals for each day. I have WAY too many ideas and dreams to actually DO them all, so I pick a few to focus on each week and each day.

I love that I have my calendar available electronically now, but I still use daily physical lists to keep me on task.

car

This is just genius. When I make out my weekly list, I put anything I can right in the car that night or the next morning. For example, our vacuum is broken. I do not know when I will be dropping it off yet, but it is going in the car tonight. Then, when I have a few minutes and I am out, I can swing by and drop it off.

So, what about you? Do you have a weekly planning routine?

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Visit all of the past Sunday Basket posts:

Week 1: Sunday Basket Process {You’re here!}
Week 2: Cash
Week 3: Errands
Week 4: Taxes
Week 5: Forms To Fill Out
Week 6: Projects
Week 7: Kids’ School Papers
Week 8: Coupons
Week 9: Bills
Week 10: Mail
Week 11: Receipts
Week 12: Planning Summer Vacation
Week 13: First Quarter Review
Week 14: Travel
Week 15: Dates and the Family Calendar
Week 16: Easter
Week 17: Memories and Photos
Week 18: Organized Bill Payment
Week 19: Planning Time

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Comments

  1. Carol says

    A great concept & since it is a very cold Sunday in the mid-west this is the perfect thing to work on. Thank you!

  2. Avee says

    What categories do you have in your basket? I have a similar list of Sunday todos, but I like your idea. When do you do what’s in the basket?

  3. says

    Interesting idea. I also do my weekly planning on Sunday. I sit down with my planner and put everything in that I know about and figure out when I can get different things done. I love going to bed Sunday evening knowing my ducks are in a row – at least as much as is within my control!

  4. says

    Love this! I have a basket with files I throw everything in but have a hard time going through it. Great idea to do that on Sunday evening! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Laura says

    As a Longaberger rep I LOVE to see others using our baskets I get a happy feeling. I use the medium Longaberger Market Basket in my home office, 1 is for running the home, another one is for work. In the kitchen I have 1 that I lay on its side and that holds loaf of bread, and english muffins. I also have another 1 with a lid that holds all my dogs things (she is a 10 pound mini red poodle), leash, doggy busy bags her brush and comb sweater/jacket. I also have another that holds my latest crochet or knitting project.

  6. says

    I have a fairly similar routine, which I refer to as my “Weekly Launch.” One thing I love is the conversation my husband and I have about the week ahead when we jointly fill out the dry-erase calendar above the phone. I wrote about it on my blog: http://wp.me/p48Sqc-2t

      • says

        Thank you! Although I’m happy with my routine, I immediately started thinking of ways to use a Sunday basket. I love the idea of putting items there in the midst of the week (as opposed to the entry table/kitchen counter, I suppose). [cough...went to Longaberger site...cough]. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Teresa Green says

    Wow! I actually just started doing a weekly basket! I go through mine on Sunday as well. I actually have 2 baskets. One is strictly receipts. The other is everything else.

    • says

      Love it! I actually have 3 baskets. 1 is the Sunday Basket, the second is for errand/ car stuff and the third is for anything my assistants can do!

  8. Wanda says

    LOVE this! Tweaking it since my kids are older. I’m going to add reviewing their work schedules for the week so I can plan dinners. And I want to start sending cards to friends/family weekly so I’m going to add this also. When my kids were younger, I always reviewed which days they were buying lunch/needed to pack lunch. Always put it on a post it on the front door so it was a quick reminder if they needed to make sure they had a lunch in their hand walking out the door.

  9. Gracie says

    Loving the idea, will start implementing this. You talked about the google calendar – but have you seen Cozi? I have discovered it this year – a great family calendar, with to do lists, shopping lists etc. We LOVE it! I can be on computer and tablets, smartphones so others in the house can access it. http://www.cozi.com/

  10. Mandy Williams says

    Just found this via Pinterest. I am beyond desperate to be organized in this area and although there are many wonderful ideas for taming the To Do List and Paper Mountains ~ this is the one that makes my heart sing! What better day to start than Superbowl Sunday :-) I’ll be following along.

  11. says

    During the school year I do plan our week (my kids and myself) every Sunday, but during the summer our schedule is really relaxed so I can do it on Sunday or Monday. I think your basket method will work good for me because I have the Sunday pile that encompasses oh a couple of weeks or so. With three children’s teachers sending home bunches of paper, often in triplicate, plus my own incoming piles… whew! I know you can imagine.

    Thanks for another great post.

    • says

      Thanks Petula. This month I have a few “Sunday baskets”, one for stuff to take to the beach, one for back to school and one for the regular Sunday basket papers.

  12. CheddarW says

    This is beyond brilliant. For years I have wondered what to do with all the papers that arrive against my wishes, and they have occupied the counter, desk, microwave top, bedroom, and so on, and often become buried for months. Today I gathered them up in one basket to wait in our drop zone for Sunday. My husband came home, walked around the house, and said, “Man, this place is CLEAN!”

    Now the real test is whether I manage to sort the whole basket each Sunday, but I’m off to a stellar start. With one brilliant idea, you’ve conquered my biggest nemesis. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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