Instead of spending your weekend mired in chores and to-do lists, you should take some time to relax and reclaim those days for a mini-retreat. While there are some chores you might not be able to postpone, you do need to recharge your batteries. Otherwise, it’s an endless trek of work days and chore days with no reprieve. There are just a few ideas of how to spend a relaxed weekend at your home in Charlotte.

Saturday Morning

When you wake up on Saturday, don’t turn immediately to your phone or tablet. Instead, let yourself wake naturally. Spend a few minutes enjoying the peace and quiet. If you drink coffee or tea, brew your favorite drink and take it outdoors if the weather is cooperative. Ease yourself into the day by being as relaxed and reflective as possible. Spend some time with a piece of paper and plan out your weekend with as many relaxing activities as possible.

Saturday Afternoon

For a relaxing afternoon, you have a few choices like gathering flowers from your garden to bring indoors. If you don’t have a garden, visit a local farm or flower shop to pick a beautiful bouquet for your home. Instead of cleaning, hire a cleaning service to come in while you’re out today. When you come back, you’ll be able to enjoy a freshly-cleaned home. In some cases, you might have to schedule a cleaning service in advance. You can do that a few days before the weekend arrives and have them clean on Saturday afternoon.

Into the Evening

As the sun sets, spend some time in your backyard with a good book or the company of friends. You can invite them over for a few drinks or have a cookout where everyone brings their own dishes. You won’t have to worry about hosting, but get the benefit of laughter and a few cocktails.

Before everyone leaves with the pans and dishes they brought, someone will offer to help clean. Good guests always do. Accept their offer of help and when everyone leaves, you’ll have a tidy home again.

Sunday Morning

Allow yourself to sleep in as long as possible if it won’t mess up your sleeping schedule for Monday. This is a day you can spend in the comfort of your home doing things that bring you joy. Start out with your list from the day before. It might have an at-home spa experience on it. You could have listed a picnic or an afternoon spent sketching in the backyard. Pick an activity and spend a few hours enjoying yourself.

The Afternoon

If you love taking walks, spend some time in your own neighborhood. It might include a leisurely stroll around the block or to a local market for fresh dinner ingredients. This would be a great time to pick up things you’ll need for that picnic you planned for yourself.

Nighttime Activities

Keep the relaxation going with your favorite book and a bubble bath. Make it an event with candles and your favorite splurge like wine and cheese or chocolate. This will be the last relaxing thing you may do for another week. Make sure it’s a great one.

Relaxing at home is essential for living a balanced life. Working during the week and spending the entire weekend doing chores can lead to burn out very quickly.