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Last week I shared with you some notes and tips for preparing for a day of rest. This week I would like to share with you the preparations I make leading up to the Sabbath.

In our home there are three areas that need preparation: laundry, cleaning, and food preparation.

Laundry

Before baby #2, I used to do a laundry day once or twice a week. Now it is more realistic to do a load or two every day.

I have a few laundry goals that I stick with every week:

  • Have all laundry washed and dried by Thursday.
  • Fold and put away as much laundry on Thursday as possible.
  • Wash diapers on Friday.

Cleaning

I mentioned before that in order to create a peaceful home, I like to have a clean home. What has been working for me is to finish up the laundry and food preparation earlier in the week so that Friday is freed up for cleaning tasks.

This is what I try to accomplish before dinner on Fridays:

  • Clean the bathroom
  • Wash all dishes
  • Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen
  • Dust
  • Tidy and get rid of clutter
  • Sweep the kitchen/dining area
  • Vacuum all carpets

Food Preparation

It wasn’t until recently that I found a need for more preparations in this area. Previously, we could just munch on leftovers or whatever else was on hand. Now that we have another baby, I like to keep Saturday food preparation (and dirty dishes) to a minimum.

A few guidelines help me accomplish that:

  • Make an easy, but nice dinner on Friday. We like to have a crock pot meal and dessert on Friday nights. The crock pot allows me to prepare dinner in the morning and clean up the mess before dinner, leaving me with minimal dishes afterward. Dessert is special because we only have it on Fridays.
  • Have something on hand for Saturday’s breakfast. Not having to cook on Saturday morning really helps. I try to prepare something on Thursday or Friday that will be eaten for breakfast on Saturday: granola, baked oatmeal, bread, muffins, fruit, etc.
  • Eat leftovers for Saturday’s lunch. Whatever I make on Friday nights, I make a big batch. This allows us to just reheat lunch in the oven in a glass storage bowl.
  • On Friday prepare a slow-cooker meal for Saturday’s supper. My most frequent choices are chicken & quinoa, soup, or a slow-cooker beef roast. All of these can be prepared in the crock pot on Friday, then stored in the refrigerator overnight. The next day all that needs to be done is to turn on the slow cooker.

I have found that creating a restful, peaceful atmosphere is just as dependent on what we don’t do as what we do.

At the end of the week, I try not to…

  • Meal plan or grocery shop.
  • Run lots of errands.
  • Leave the house on Friday.
  • Start a new housekeeping project.
  • Declutter.
  • Forget that this is about resting in Him, not resting on my own works.
 

7 Responses to Prepare Your Home For A Day Of Rest: My List

  1. jana crisp says:

    i know this isn’t related to your post, but oh well. yes, i definitely am going to do a homebirth. you couldn’t drag me to the hospital, unless there were a serious medical problem. thankfully there are many qualified, experienced midwives in texas. i’ve wanted to check out a water birth, but for some reason my husband is against it. he is of the mindset that a homebirth is wierd enough, and a water birth, well. . :-) so i don’t want to push it, you know?
    thank you for your example and encouragement. i really need to do better. i have plans, but then so often i find myself at the end of the day when my husband is coming home and the house is still cluttered, i still haven’t gotten a shower, and things are just not as peaceful as welcoming as i would like. the only thing i do manage is to always have supper made and hannah fed. thank you for your suggestions!

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  2. Megan says:

    thanks for this post. just found your blog, and am so desperate to keep the sabbath, so the encouragement was timely! =)

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  3. noelle says:

    I am really trying to do better at being a Sabbath keeper. Right now my husband is working 6 days a week (he’s a music director at a church and does construciton) so Saturday is our down day. I am trying to just “be” as much as possible on Saturdays.

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  4. Jane says:

    A very timely post, as I have been wanting to keep the Sabbath for some time now, but always seem to end up being pre-occupied with busyness, instead of spending my time with God. You have given some great little tips to get me started. Thanks!!
    Incidentally, you have a wonderful blog!

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  5. Denise T says:

    Hi Shannon. This is off-topic, but I am writing an article about No Spend Months and wanted to talk to you about your experience. I sent an email through your contact form last week but haven’t heard from you yet. If you could send me an email at dgtrowbridge@yahoo.com I can tell you a little bit more about the project.

    Thanks!

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  6. [...] that today is Friday and the weekend is nearly here. Friday is my busiest day in the home with Sabbath preparations, but fairly light on kitchen [...]

  7. Amanda says:

    I really REALLY appreciated this 2 part series. I have 4 small children and Sundays usually aren’t very restful for me at our home. I would love to have a peaceful atmosphere where I can concentrate on how wonderful a God we serve! I loved the tips you shared and am looking forward to trying them out. Thanks so much!

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