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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.