My Shabbat prep list isn’t too long, although I do put work into it. The hardest part was committing to it, but once the weekly ritual became a habit, it did become a very special time for us, and now for the kids. We started very simply, with lighting the candles, buying challah and saying the blessings. Over time our practice has grown into what it is today, and we will keep adding to it as we grow, too.
Currently, I am at home with Julian, so I have a lot of flexibility when it comes to organizing my shabbat preparations. I can do a lot of it on Fridays for example. That is a luxury I will soon lose, when I go back to work in mid-April (I timed it so it would be after the Passover seders, at least!)
My current routine:
- Take challah out of the freezer and set it out to rise (I buy them frozen at the College Square Loblaws, which has a well stocked kosher section)
- Change linens (bed sheets, bath towels and hand towels in the kitchen)
- 1 load of laundry
Friday during the kids’ nap
- Prepare meal and put in the oven on “keep warm” setting, so it’s ready when we are.
- Prepare one other easy dish in slow cooker, for lunch the next day.
- Program coffee machine for the morning. (I wish someone invented a safe programmable toaster…)
- Set table (including kiddush cups, siddurim and special blessings). I try to get Sam to help with that one, but it’s hit and miss.
- Set out candles, tzedakah box, kippot
- Tidy up kitchen, so that clean up time from dinner is minimal
- Turn off computer and cell phone
I know I will have to change and adapt it soon to accommodate a full time work shedule… Working moms out there, how do do it?