It’s funny how my definition of “the perfect weekend” has changed so much over the years.
In my earlier twenties, the perfect weekend meant being jam-packed with plans–brunch, one or two day parties, likely some karaoke, and two nights that would bleed into the morning.
Now? The recipe for the perfect weekend requires just one thing: zero plans.
Zero plans means time to do whatever we want–maybe bike around the city with no agenda, try a new place for lunch, or casually explore another neighborhood. The other weekend, we finally had what felt like the first “no plans” weekend of the entire year. It was seriously the best “free day” I can remember having in a long time!
We biked from Wicker Park to Lincoln Park, stopped for lunch and a couple drinks at Cortland’s Garage and sat outside on the patio, and stopped by our friends’ house for a housewarming party.
Isn’t that ridiculous that it took until APRIL to have what felt like a weekend that we were in control of for once?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day–as the weeks have gotten busier, even our weekends had to-do lists!
We dove headfirst in the whole adult thing this year–with buying a condo and getting engaged, it didn’t take long before Saturdays were consumed with several loads of laundry, making IKEA and Home Depot runs, mopping floors and picking up dry cleaning.
When you’re making up fake excuses for not being able to hang out with your friends because you’re exhausted from your day of shopping for replacement refrigerator water filters, you KNOW you need help.
We recently looked at each other like, “what are we doing with our lives??”
Then we came to our senses and decided to sit down and re-evaluate.
What changes could we make? What could we outsource? How could we make more room in our life to do the things we actually enjoyed instead of the boring stuff we hated?
We needed to make more room for fun.
Turns out, all it took was just a few small changes–so, here’s what we did!
Leave the heavy cleaning to someone else
Well, for starters, we hired a cleaning lady.
We realized this wasn’t just a smart personal life decision, but a business decision too!
As an entrepreneur, time is money. The more time you spend on your business, the more money you make.
When I tallied up how much time I was spending cleaning the house, and how much I could’ve been making had I been allocating that much time to work–it was an absolute no-brainer. Spending money on a cleaning lady a couple times per month actually has a positive ROI on my business.
Oh, and we get a big chunk of our life back, too. How about that?
Pepper the mundane weekend tasks into your weekday to-do lists:
Somehow it feels so much better to get the boring stuff out of the way on Tuesday or Wednesday. I mean, think about it. Why would you want to save the most boring tasks for the BEST day of the week? Why haven’t we been doing this all along?
Essentially the method is alternating periods of work with small 30 minute “non-work” breaks.
These breaks are the perfect time to run errands, pay bills, sort through the mail, and other annoying things that you can easily get out of the way before Saturday rolls around. You just have to build them into your schedule!
Outsource the laundry + dry cleaning
I originally thought laundry service was only a New York City thing. You know, nobody has washers or driers so they send out their laundry and dry cleaning?
Turns out, it’s a Chicago thing too. Have you heard of Tide Spin? They’re a laundry and dry-cleaning delivery service! It’s as easy as using Uber–you can schedule a pick up and delivery time and they bring it right back to you nice and folded (or pressed and starched, if you please).
How it works: You just download the app, select your services, and schedule your pick-up and drop-off time. For $5.99, you can choose a specific 2-hour window in the evening that works for you, or you can go with an 8-hour window, leaving your laundry bag in a secure location before 9am, and they’ll pick it up by 5pm for free.
Pricing: Pricing is also really reasonable–just $1.59 per pound for laundry! The only thing I hate more than folding laundry is unloading the dishwasher…so that’s definitely money well spent in my opinion 😛 (Now, if only I could pay someone to unload my dishwasher twice a week…) Also–if this is your first time using the app, you can use the code KEYS596 to get $25 in free laundry credits!
We like using the Tide Spin service because we can send everything out together–my laundry, and Neal’s dry cleaning. (He wears a suit each day for work, so he always has lot’s of dry cleaning!) We get more hours back in our day, and there are no more wasted Saturdays doing laundry, or worse–being stressed out because I’ve been ignoring the pile of clothes in my clean laundry basket for a week straight.
How do you make more room for fun?
Huge thanks to Tide Spin for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own!
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