This is a quick run down of our monthly routines or tasks that I try to complete once a month. I have divided them up by weeks so that it helps me keep them on track. I only have five tasks per week so I only need to concentrate on one each day.
- Check/Pay bills
- Change calendars
- Clean/Sanitize the dishwasher
- Make appointments
- Yard work
Ok so number one is a must! If you don’t do that one you will be sitting in the dark.
Number two is a little more detailed for us as this not only involves me flipping the page on my desk calendar but changing out the school calendar. I have different themes for different months/seasons. All the cards are printed out and laminated. I keep them separated by months in a small index card holder. (I will try to do a post on this another time.)
I have included a link for the third task. It is important to make sure you take care of your appliances so they will last.
I sit down and see who needs appointments for physicals and such. I also check through my mail to see if I have gotten any appointment cards for anyone.
We try to take care of any big yard work like weed eating, trimming bushes, etc.
- Run vinegar and water through the coffee pot
- Clean burner pans on the stove
- Spot clean couches
- Spot clean the carpets
I have included a link to this first one. It is important to clean out your coffee maker to keep the germies away!
I usually need to clean the burner pans on the stove at least once a month. This reduces the chance of something catching on fire.
The next two are pretty self explanatory. With kids messes are inevitable. I try to clean up messes when they happen but sometimes I don’t see them right away. I take a few minutes, once a month, to check the furniture and give it a quick cleaning.
I do the same with the carpets. I have the Shark Sonic Duo and I love it! It cleans really well and dries really quickly. This machine comes in really handy for big messes too.
When we have a garden I will use this week to give it a little extra attention and let the kids get some hands on learning at the same time.
- Change water filters, if needed
- Clean vacuum filters
- Clean AC filters
- Clean out fridge
- Clean out freezer
I use a water filter on the kitchen sink for drinking water and our fridge has a filter also. We try to keep a check on them and replace them as needed.
A lot of the vacuums have filters that can be washed. I try to wash mine once a month. I also give the vacuum a good cleaning and check the roller as well.
We have window AC units and they stay in all year round. The ACs run much better and are more efficient when the filters are cleaned on a regular basis. So this not only saves me money but helps keep us more comfortable as well.
Once a month our fridge gets a deep clean. We take everything out shelf by shelf and wash it. Then we dry it and put it right back.
Same with our large freezer. I try to take everything out shelf by shelf. I use laundry baskets and coolers to hold the items. Things can get a little disorganized when others help put away groceries so I try to organize it by shelf. I separate the fruits and produce, the meats by types, breads, and try to keep the small items or items that need to be used in the door.
- Wash your car
- Menu planning
- Wash shower curtain
- Clean out tubs/showers
- Chicken pen
Our cars get really dirty here. If it rains they get covered in mud. If it doesn’t rain they get covered in dust. When I am in town running errands I try to run my truck through the car wash once a month.
I also take a day to review my upcoming month’s menus and rearrange meals to fit our schedules and budget for the month. If I have multiple meals that pop up for a day I will choose one and delete the rest of them. I will also try to keep in mind what foods are more readily available for whatever season we are in.
Once a month I try to remember to throw the shower curtain in the wash with a load of whites. I hang it up as soon as it is washed so it can dry. When the curtain is down it makes it easier to clean out the tub in the back bathroom. I normally have DD17 take care of that and I take care of the big tub and separate shower in my bathroom.
The bathrooms just smell so much better when you keep everything washed up on a regular basis and don’t give them a chance to gather any kind of funk.
This last week is when we give our chicken pens a little extra attention too. We try to give everything a good cleaning with the water house and replace shavings and whatnot. This keeps the chickens and the geese fairly happy.
I hope this has helped you with some ideas for setting up your own monthly routines.