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Tuesday, August 2

10 Things to Do Each Month to Keep Your Household Running Smoothly

Life just seems to get busier and busier each day. It seems like every time I blink, we're starting a new month, and now we're in August.  Late summer and fall are my busiest times of year as far as work and community obligations, and this year will be busier than ever.

Staying on top of all the obligations can be hard without some good systems. Fortunately, I've worked really hard to establish some good habits. Here are 10 things I believe in doing each month to keep the household running smoothly.


1. File last month's bills and records.

It's easier to start a new month when you've properly closed out the previous month. This is also a good time to review last month's goals and make sure no balls got dropped. If there is anything lingering, especially any unpaid bills, take care of them STAT.

2. Review your calendar.

Make note of birthdays and other events that require errands or planning, such as buying gifts or birthday cards. Schedule appointments if you need hair, make-up, etc. for upcoming special occasions.


3. Have a budget meeting.

Every month's budget is going to look a little different, so sit down and give each dollar of income a job. If you've never created a budget, get started quickly using EveryDollar for free.


4. Back up your devices.

Never have the stomach-wrenching worry again when your phone or computer malfunctions, by having a monthly back-up schedule in place.

5. Wash your car.

Aside from your house, your car is likely your biggest purchase. Help maintain its value by washing, waxing and vacuuming it out at the start of every month. Also, check the condition of the tires and refill the wiper fluid.


6. Deep Clean the House.

This isn't as scary as it sounds; get Money Saving Mom's free two-hour housecleaning plan and pencil in an afternoon on the calendar to get your home deep cleaned in a flash.


7. Clean out the fridge.

This is the time to toss all the leftovers and science projects growing in your refrigerator. Also, take a quick peek in the cupboards, and make a note on your grocery list of any staple items that you're running low on.

8. Check on household essentials.

Look in the laundry room, bathrooms and wherever else you store your toilet paper, toothpaste, contact solution, etc. to see what will need to be replenished this month.

9. Schedule a "Pamper Me" activity.

Mark your calendar for one evening of relaxation so you don't burn yourself out. If you're in a relationship, schedule a date night with your partner.


10. Set your goals for the month.

Break your goals down into action steps and get those on your calendar so that you're not scrambling to get them done at the end of the month.


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