I feel pretty good about rolling at a productive pace—having four young children at home seems to efficiently fuel the fire for that, but sometimes I get to the point of enough.
Doing feels good, but having nothing to do can absolutely be my love language too.
Just last week, I glanced at our family calendar to find the little white boxes of the weekend completely empty. After doing a double (maybe triple) take, and running forgotten possibilities through my mind a hundred times, I breathed a sigh of relief.
Nowhere to be? Nothing to show up for? No one counting on me? Yes.
I talked to my husband.
“Let’s stay home.”
“I need it.”
He agreed. Instead of going out to eat, we brought home pizza. Instead of my Friday night jeans, I slipped into lounge pants, and instead of worrying that we should be somewhere, I relaxed.
We continued it through the weekend, and it was absolutely amazing—to just stay home.
So amazing, that I wonder why we don’t intentionally do it more? What’s coming between us and slowing things down?
How Declaring a Stay at Home Weekend Can Benefit You
Maybe you would kinda like to stay home, but you need the nudge. I’m here to give that to you today. No fear of missing out this weekend, you might just gain something better.
1. It will save you money.
Okay, we did get pizza, but we did less comsumer-ish things than we would have.
How much money would you save if you stayed home this weekend?
Sometimes it feels nice to buckle down and keep that cash in your pocket instead of letting it go. If anything else, next weekends outings will feel more justified and reasonable by knowing that you made a wise choice the week before.
2. It’s an opportunity to reconnect.
I’m a much kinder person when I’m not in overdrive. Knowing that I don’t have to load everyone up in the car several times a day—looking presentable, is like a mini-vacation, and always welcomed.
When we’re not in rush, we can take the time to pull the bikes out of the garage, open a book, or just have a simple conversation.
It’s so nice to relax and be with our people. What a great opportunity to give our kids the unbusy version of ourselves.
3. You can clear clutter.
I love being home and going through things—but if and only if—I know I have nowhere else to be. It’s kind of relaxing to tinker your way through the house and decide what’s not working, and how your space can serve you better.
Truth: My kids can get a little restless in the process, but it also offers them time for free play while I’m doing my own thing. They find ways to entertain themselves and work together to find fun. As an added bonus, they are catching onto the idea of living with less, and have begun to willingly donate many items of their own.
4. Rest is within reach.
Yep. It’s right there. Read that book, watch that movie, fall asleep. It’s okay, I give you permission. It’s good for the soul—so toss the guilt, and fall in love with doing nothing.
5. Mindfulness is yours.
Doing nothing for days on end can be mind numbing, but when you’ve worked hard enough to deserve a break, the reverse holds true. That mindful part of your brain can click on.
My weekend inspired me to purge my Facebook followings (Why was I following so many food pages when I rarely cook for fun?), helped me to prioritize my following week, and I unintentionally (but gratefully!) did some deep thinking about my priorities.
Vacations seem to clear my mind, but how much easier is a weekend at home?
Having nothing to do is freedom at its finest, so go ahead and indulge.