What is the Sunday Basket?
The Sunday Basket is an idea born out of a major mommy meltdown I had when my babies were babies.
Let me set the stage for you… my 2 year old (later to be diagnosed with MAJOR ADD child) was in the throes of a horrible asthmatic period of his life which involved hospital trips.
His baby sister was a dream… but wanted mommy all the time.
My business was BOOMING. I had parties, recruits, trainings to conduct, workshops… and was spending well OVER 40 hours a week on work.
What I didn’t have was a plan. I was putting out fires left and right. I was afraid I would miss something… and never know what I missed.
And, to top it all off… my papers were completely unorganized! My piles had piles and I couldn’t find anything to save my soul!
So, after the kids were in bed, I took all my papers into one room and sorted them into 40! piles.
I developed a system of using slash pockets to corral all those little papers into manageable chunks and tossed them all in my favorite medium market basket.
FINALLY I was able to pull one folder out and actually WORK instead of just pushing papers around! Can you relate?
After a few weeks, I realized that I was still overwhelmed with the thought of leafing through 40 folders. So I created a SUNDAY basket.
Luckily for me, I had a HUGE Longaberger addiction and had multiple medium market baskets.
That Sunday night, after all the kids were in bed, I took out all of my folders and sat on the floor with 2 baskets in front of me. One to do this week and one to “hold” anything I did not need to do until next Sunday.
I picked up each folder and asked myself. Does this NEED to be done before next Sunday?
This allowed me to put current projects I was working on aside for one week, but not lose the project! Everything was together in the slash pocket and accessible if I needed it.
Sunday is the one day I use to plan my next week. For you it may be Monday or Friday, or you might not have a day. You need a day! For me it’s Sunday.
The key to the Sunday Basket is that you have to go through everything in the basket EVERY Sunday!
Sanity and Beauty!!
Ohhhhhh! The glory of baskets!! My husband no longer saw paper piles a mile high! I could grab an item from the “To Do” basket and get it done!!
Eventually, I started sorting school papers and mail right into the Sunday Basket if it could wait until Sunday.
The Sunday Basket frees your mind from worrying that things will get done and allows you to focus your energy on what you need to get done.
Try it!! Leave a comment and let me know how you sort your mountain of paperwork!
Let’s Get ORGANIZED!! Visit all the Sunday Basket posts:
Week 1: Sunday Basket Process
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