The Sunday Basket

The Weekly Sunday Basket | Organize 365

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!

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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?

Weekly Sunday Basket pic

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

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Comments

  1. Trish says

    I am going to try this! Eliminate the piles on the dining room table and the ones I lug with me in my commuter bag to work – and never find time to look at! Plus I thankfull also have an ample supply of Longaberger Medium Market Baskets (my fav!) LOL so it won’t take any effort to get started. I love your sharing your Sunday night routine. I’ll follow it with Downton Abbey! ;) Will make waking on a Monday more enjoyable.

  2. Renee says

    I’m love the idea of the Sunday basket. It sounds great to have a place to toss stuff and not look at in until the end of the week. I am a little confused though about the basket system. Do you have two baskets: one for this week and one for next week? Could you also give me an example of some of your folders. I don’t run a business, but I do have a kids with lots of needs and lots of therapy on top of their school work, activities and social lives. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Tina-

      I know I could go on for HOURS about the Sunday basket. SO, I am blogging EACH Sunday about different items I put in there. Check back each Sunday for more!

      • Adele says

        Where do you store your Sunday basket? And do you still have two baskets, one with permanent folders the other with the “to do” pile?

        • says

          Hi Adele-

          Yes – I store my “permenet” file holder in the kitchen. It was on the counter for a year, but I found a spot for it in a drawer now. As for the basket – I have 3! I keep them all in my bedroom = as that is where my office is. One is a true “Sunday basket” and I toss in anything that can wait until Sunday. Another one is for a big project I am working on. And the third is my to go basket. I carry that one everywhere. – I’ll have to do a post on that. :)

  3. Carly G says

    I recently began to sort the paperwork mountain.thanks for these great ideas.i am in desperate need of a Sunday basket!

  4. Kathy L says

    Love this idea. I need to do this. Something you said about your personal life when you started the Sunday basket struck a chord with me. My son also has ADHD along with ODD, oddly enough from the time he was 4 mos. after an RSV diagnosis we battled asthma until he turned 4. Fortunately he outgrew the asthma. Wondering if there is a link to the two or if it is an odd coincidence.

  5. says

    I’m still a huge fan of the Sunday Basket. I’ve altered it a little bit and I use a box. I got a really nice Martha Stewart box from Staples. Instead of going through it every Sunday, I just force myself to go through it when the box is so full that I can’t put the lid on it. I use the same divider types of things that are see-through and they work great. When the box gets full, I sort through all of the papers putting them into categories. Another thing I do differently is that my Shoeboxed.com Magic Envelope becomes part of the process. I have two of them. One of them are for things I just want them to shred and the other is for things I want them to scan. (I don’t have to have a shredder anymore!) So those two envelopes stay at the top of the box all of the time. Receipts and papers I want to be scanned so I have them in an electronic format go into the scannable Shoeboxed.com Magic Envelope and then things that just need to be destroyed on in the other. Every single day, no matter what, I go through my snail mail. So a lot of that goes into one or the other Shoeboxed.com envelope OR straight into my recycling bin. But a lot of times there is something I’ll need to take care of later and I just put it into the box (“sunday basket”) for sorting later.

    It works GREAT! I literally never have papers on my desk, never have papers around my living room, never have papers in my kitchen. At all. I haven’t since I found this post!

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