I’m a great fan of the humble duvet day, but I think they’re so easy to waste. Over many, many years of practice, I’ve perfected the art of mindfully doing nothing (and I mean nothing) so I thought I’d pass on my thoughts on how to have the perfect duvet day.
You don’t want to feel guilty or unproductive, so make sure to pick a day when you have nothing pressing to do. Label this sacred time as a mental health day; a day to ground yourself.
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Ok, so, you’ve had a crazy busy week and want to spend your Sunday on your bum in front of the TV. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to fully optimize your day, you’ll either need to do some preparation in the morning or (as I prefer) the evening before.
Your preparation basically involves tidying up. To have a perfect, relaxing day your house needs to be tidy. I mean all of it. Concentrate mostly on the room you’re going to be in of course, but if the whole house is pretty much tidy you won’t have that niggling feeling telling you about the pile of washing in the spare room.
You’re also going to want to prioritize not leaving the house. Get all your food in the day before, or have it delivered.
Luckily, nowadays we don’t have to worry about renting/buying a film to watch. Stream yourself some Netflix, treat yourself to a crappy rom-com – all easily available from Amazon at the click of a button. I highly recommend 27 Dresses, Harry Potter, and Futurama for duvet days. Nothing too heavy. Something you can have a little snooze to.
If you work on Mondays, do all your preparing-for-work rituals on Saturday night. Paint your nails, get out your work stuff, whatever.
DON’T LET ANYTHING INTERRUPT YOUR DUVET DAY.
Ok, we’ll start with the most obvious: PJS. I personally like to style my Primark Christmas PJ bottoms with either an over-sized Bacardi T-shirt (that I earned by drinking 10 Bacardi and cokes over a decade ago) or a Harry Potter t-shirt. Something comfortable that won’t ride up. I’d also recommend a bra – controversial I know.
Now, even the most well-planned duvet can go awry. Who knows when a sudden craving for peanut butter cups will hit?
If you have a habit of developing sudden and unquenchable cravings, I’d stick to leggings and the aforementioned oversized t-shirt. That way, you can pop on a hoodie and nip to the shops.
You’ll also need a blanket. I have a massive heavy fleecy number that I love –I’ll link to something similar here
I like to start my duvet days at around 9am (obviously if you want to sleep in, go ahead). My boyfriend always gets up about twenty minutes before and puts the coffee on.
I try not to have a duvet day with a hangover. It ruins it. If I have a hangover, I have a hangover day, which is similar to a duvet day, but waaay healthier, and with a walk.
I don’t usually eat breakfast, so just have a couple of cups of coffee. The TV goes on and I’d recommend cookery programmes. There’s just something very Sunday-morning-y about them. Nigella is the dream obviously, but Rick Stein is good too. If that’s not your cup of tea, try endless repeats of Friends, The Middle, Malcom in the Middle. You know, the greats.
The grazing begins. I start off bread based. Maybe chuck an avocado into the mix. Veggie pepperoni if I managed to get my mitts on some.
I also like to get crisps and crackers. With olives and hummus and delicious nibbly things. Maybe salad if I’m feeling wild.
If I’m extra prepared I’ll have made a veggie lasagne for tea. With all the garlic bread. We don’t tend to get take-out because you have to leave the house to either collect it or get rid of the rubbish.
If you have a sweet tooth you’ll need chocolate and cake and sweets.
After dinner, we crack out the wine (Prosecco because we’re basic AF) and ice cream.
The one major tip I can give you for how to have the perfect duvet day is, I’m afraid, rather sad and not at all fun. It is this: do not overuse your duvet days. I don’t have one more than once every six months because we’re volunteering on a Sunday morning and Dave works on Mondays and I work on this blog.
Reserve them for special occasions and treat them with the reverence they deserve. Kind of like Christmas – I love it, but wouldn’t want it any more frequently than it is already.
I know that a lot of people like to incorporate a pamper day into their duvet day, and that’s cool. I don’t. I like my doing-nothing days to involve doing nothing. Maybe I’ll read a book or play Candy Crush (or OTTTD but I don’t feel comfortable recommending an app that one can lose entire afternoons to). It depends on how you define relaxing.
My next duvet day is scheduled in the second week of May when I have a week off work. Dave’s off too and we’re planning an awesome staycation involving trips to Ikea (it’s two hours away), long drives and eating a lot. I can’t wait.