Tips for getting ready for Shabbos (especially when fridays are short!)

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    Imaofthree
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    Does anyone have any good tips on how to get ready for shabbos? please write them here.

    #718578

    Start early,plan ahead & prepare as much in advance and freeze as possible, for example double your kugel recipe freeze 1 for the next week. I make one huge batch of soup once a month and freeze appropriate sized containers.The only thing that can’t be done ahead of time is the cleaning especially if there a children in the house.Yes,ALL of my kids(girls&boys 2-22) pitch in and we speed clean even a 2yr old can pickup toys or stack books,if you can buy ready made things to take off some burden do it guilt free,the kids don’t care if the shabbos party is homemade or store bought as long as it happens.Story tapes or DVDs to keep little ones busy help,(my 2yr old loves to “make cholent” she takes from the cutting board and puts in the pot. yeah it would be done 5 times faster without her help but this is what life is all about.hatzlacha.

    #718579

    There are no tips that will ever work. From my own personal experience no matter what time Shabbos starts I will always be running aproximately 15 minutes late. A friend told me that he was in England or Russia or one of those weird countries and Shabbos came in at around 10pm and people were STILL rushing around trying to be ready on time.

    Your only choice is to be mekabel on yourself to make Shabbos at Chatzos this way you’ll be ready by 12:15. I think there’s some program for that.

    Otherwise just give up. I think I can confidently say that at this point its minhag Yisroel. It makes me feel better anyway.

    #718580

    usbaers
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    There is a Google discussion group called “chatzos,” which is dedicated to women who try to be ready for Shabbos by chatzos of erev Shabbos, and has many many tips as well as encouragement. You’ll have to search for the specific topic you want, though, as it’s not organized by tips. It follows whatever a particular member wants to discuss. But rockymountains summed it up well.

    EDITED for punctuation and capitalization.

    #718581

    Imaofthree
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    Try to get up very early Friday morning to accomplish more.

    #718582

    Poster
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    DO as much as you can and can’t on Thursday. Don’t even have a checklist for Friday.

    #718583

    rocker
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    Derech HaMelech

    A friend told me that he was

    in England or Russia or one of

    those weird countries and

    Shabbos came in at around

    10pm and people were STILL

    rushing around trying to be

    ready on time.

    1. England is not a wierd country at all.

    2. Shabbos doesn’t come in later than about 8.15, not where I live anyway.

    #718584

    Poster
    Member

    rocker, I have not visited too many diff places. I am New Yorker who lives in EY. To me and to a lot of sheltered New Yorkers, every city, state or town outside of our 4 corners is “weird,” “different”, don’t take it personally.

    But yes, I have been to Belgium for a Shabbos in the summer time and Shabbos started around 10:00. We ate the seuda after 12.

    #718585

    amichai
    Participant

    thurs nite peel all your vegies and soak in a big bowl until use. check and soak beans and rice. you can cut up and clean your chickens thurs. nite, put in pan in fridge. if you work, you just have to stick the food in the oven fri. at noon. if you bake cakes and challa, do it tues. and freeze. also kugels. the trick is to do as much as you can beforehand. for cleaning the house, also do what you can b4hand. change sheets on wed. thurs.also bathrooms.iron shirts. all you should have to do on friday is sweep or wash kitchen floor. dishes, cups. hatzlocha.

    #718586

    FunnyBunny
    Member

    I find that doing even little things earlier in the week help a lot- for example, cutting toilet paper, paper towels, etc., instead of leaving it to the last minute and nearly forgetting.

    Also, freezing from one Shabbos to the next, like mentioned earlier, is a huge help!

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