Our lives are becoming increasingly busy and stressful – we work longer hours and take shorter lunch breaks than before, but spend our evenings running errands or doing chores at home. Add to that exercising regularly or even raising children, and it seems that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do during the weekend that will make your life easier and better organized. Follow these five tips to prepare for the week ahead.

#1. Prepare Your Meals

Preparing your meals ahead is one of the most important things you can do to reduce week-day stress. It’s also a great strategy if you’re trying to watch your diet and lose weight. You don’t have to cook and freeze big meals during the weekend, although you’ll thank yourself later if you do, it’s enough if you do a big shopping and buy everything you need to get through the week. Looking for recipes and trying to figure out what to cook every night takes a lot more time than organizing everything during the weekend.

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#2. Prepare Your Outfits For The Week Ahead

Similarly to prepping your meals ahead of time, it’s a good idea to choose the clothes you want to wear during the week. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find clean clothes or garments that match early in the morning! If you take the time during the weekend to figure out what you’re going to wear, you can make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Do your laundry on Saturday or Sunday and use a good garment steamer to straighten them after the wash quickly. After that, pop complete outfits on a hanger and pick your favorite every morning!

#3. Stay Organized During the Week

Make sure you write down every activity and engagement you make in a diary, agenda or even Google Calendar. Like that you’ll avoid double and overbooking yourself! Having a clear overview of the week ahead will also allow you to keep your commitments and get a good idea of what your week is going to look like. If possible, get into the habit of making to-do lists – it’s actually one of the keys to organizing your daily life!

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#4. Clean Your Home

Coming to a messy home after a long day at work is sure to stress you out even more. You don’t have to do a thorough clean every week, but at least make sure you take out the trash, change all sheets, and put out clean towels for all rooms regularly. Unless you live in a massive house, it doesn’t take that long to put everything back to where it belongs and dust/mop quickly. Doing this during the weekend will also ensure you won’t spend 20 minutes on Monday morning looking for your car keys!

#5. Take Some You-Time

Nobody likes Mondays, but it’s possible to hate them less if you take some time to relax during the weekend. Running around all the time is tiring and can become harmful to your health. Take Sunday afternoons to do activities you enjoy – be it exercising, simply taking a walk, or catching up with friends over the phone. The key here is to forget about the stress and refresh for the week ahead.

Do these five things for a couple of months, and you’ll notice a big change in your stress levels!

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Karmen is a freelance writer/editor at Wicked-Reviews.com. She writes about topics like health, home improvement, nutrition, and fitness on different blogs.