How to Enjoy a Chore-less Weekend


This summer has been full of big transition and hard work. In between though, we’ve been really enjoying our weekends and other downtime. Living with less allows more opportunity to enjoy chore-less weekends and holidays. When there is less to take care of, you can engage in activities that make you smile and help you to relax.

Even before you are living with less, you can prioritize chore-less weekends. You work hard and deserve time off. The tricky part is finding time to fit it all in. If you work 40+ hours during the week, the only time left to run errands, clean house and do other chores is often the weekend or holidays.

Chore-less weekends will help you to:

  • connect with friends and family
  • rediscover passions
  • enjoy the fresh air
  • clear your mind
  • open your heart

8 ways to go chore-less

Declutter. Get started right now with 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home. The less you own, the less that owns you. Dusting things, washing things, and running thing-related errands all take time. When you get sick and tired of sacrificing your free time for your stuff, let it go.

Take a Sabbath. Between hundreds of TV channels, calendar alerts, email, billboards and other cries for our attention, it’s no wonder that we often feel overwhelmed with day-to-day life, and then some sense of guilt for wanting to retreat. Wayne Muller, author of Sabbath suggests that Sabbath time can be a refuge from our modern life which is designed to seduce our attention. Regardless of your religious beliefs, consider a mini-sabbath. Create a 2-4 hour block of time with no chores, digital connections or outside obligations.

Remove yourself from the chores. Maybe the only way to stop doing things around the house is to leave. Go outside. Take a hike. Drive to a friend’s house. Meet your neighbors for coffee. Take the out of sight, out of mind approach if that’s what it takes to stop cleaning, fixing and perfecting.

Boycott perfection. If people really live in your home, things are going to get messy. Recognize the difference between “perfect” and “good enough” when it comes to your home. Don’t let a little dust stop you from enjoying your weekend.

Grocery shop during the week. Everyone is at the grocery store on Saturday. The crowds make shopping for food less efficient and stressful. Try a Tuesday or Wednesday night, or early one weekday morning if you have the time.

Clean as you go. Instead of dedicating a whole day to cleaning, spend a few minutes each day to picking up and wiping down.

Batch your errands. Plan one afternoon or time slot a week to do all of your errands instead of running out every few hours. It takes some planning, but it will save you time and money.

Ask for help. You might do everything better than everyone around you and maybe no one else will do it your way, but let them help. A 3 hour project could turn into 30 minutes with the right team.

Non-stop tasks in addition to full-time work will leave you uninspired, exhausted and maybe even sick if you don’t force yourself to simply stop. Just stop. You’ve done enough.



  1. says

    We are living with less and prioritising our family time. To maximise our weekends and spend less time in the house doing chores (even if you haven’t any, you can find them at home!) we’ve decided to ditch the house as much as we can at the weekend and camp.
    Outdoor time is important to us. By camping it means we ‘ll be sharing a small space with minimal things…few chores apart from washing dishes etc after we eat…and we’ll get some great outdoor quality time together!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Love that Trisha. It’s time to stop comparing our lives to photo shoots.

  2. says

    For the last year, Saturdays have been our chore days. Shopping, cleaning, tidying, errands. I also work full time (40hours), so resent losing a whole day at the weekend to maintaining our living space.

    Some good ideas here in the thread, but coming home to a messy house after time away is too stressful for me. I think a daily habit of picking up and cleaning as I go is the solution!

    I would so love a chore-less weekend! :)

  3. says

    This is a big one for me. Working FT and trying to finish my first novel leave little time for household chores, so I spend much of my weekends tidying. Starting to resent the place that I love because of the maintenance involved in keeping it up. Time to revamp for a different approach. Excellent timing with this post, thank you!

  4. says

    We definitely value our time over a clean house, but the main way we keep it in any semblance of order is, as you suggest, just doing a little at a time during the week.

    The biggest mess for us is the kitchen, so I made a little chart of one thing to “deep clean” every day. That way it only takes about 10 minutes at a time.

  5. says

    Dropping the perfection is really the key. Nothing can stay perfect and it becomes a constant endless battle where no one is happy. Learning to love the dirt a bit is a true key to happiness.

  6. says

    Courtney! Thanks for such delightful reminders! Tammy and I love sitting at lunch for hours and then at tea. We leave the phones in their bags and simply talk. Once in a while, we write down a worthy idea on a note pad. Yeah, they still sell those for goofs like us;) Chores get bumped more times than not.

  7. says

    I used to think running through my day was the way to feel good about myself – if it wasn’t at work then I was doing it at home with cleaning and “getting things done.” Now that I have decluttered, I have less “stuff” to dust, and the stuff I do have is just fine with a little dust. Now that I don’t have a lot of decorations, I can move faster with my dust cloths and not break anything!

  8. Gerard says

    Good post, so good that I shared it on My facebook and google+.

    I could easily talk on each point, but I’ll spare Everyone of that… this time:-)

  9. andrea says

    one of the major reasons i started reading minimalist blogs and simple living blogs was for motivation to just get rid of all the stuff that i had accumulated over the years. for the past 3 months we have been off-loading tons of things we just don’t need, it was like a switch went off. now i want to get rid of *all the things*. and now, our world is actually beginning to look a little bare-bones but it is fantastic. AND even though it was my main goal, the amount of TIME i am saving on a day to day basic just *maintaining* our place is really unexpected. there are still chores, and we try to do 10 minutes a day each (we set a timer) to do something other than cook/dishes/laundry. that leaves weekends remarkably freer.

  10. says

    I’m very skeptical about such a thing as a ‘chore free weekend’ but I am definitely going to start practicing several of your tips here to attempt it. Thanks for a really cool post!

  11. Natalie says

    Every night I would come home from work at about 10pm and spend an hour loading our dishwasher and then the following morning, unloading it and then loading it up again. A month ago I went through my kitchen cupboards and now my kitchen only holds enough plates and cutlery for one per person in our family. The extra dinner sets etc…have been stored in the buffet for now for when we have guests etc…but this will slowly be decluttered as well.
    Since doing this, I have not used my dishwasher at all and now when I get home from work, I hop straight into bed with a good book. I can’t believe how simplifying my life has made it much more enjoyable and rewarding!

  12. says

    One of my biggest accomplishments this June has been turning OFF the TV and using my week nights to get things done, like laundry and grocery shopping, so I don’t have to worry about doing it on the weekend. It’s been so freeing. Next step-keep decluttering to make it even easier!

  13. Patty says

    Trisha’s comment says it all. We forget sometimes with all the media and TV shows that “we live in a house not a magazine”.