I find these monthly checklists helpful in making sure I take care of important tasks around my home. I’m really looking forward to tackling this month’s list.
October Intentional Living Monthly Checklist
Review your mission statement
I’m a big proponent of developing a mission statement for your life. I’ve shared my mission statement before and taught you how to create a mission statement during our 5 days of How to Fill Up Your Life and Not Just Your Schedule series. I also provide information on how to develop a personal mission statement in my free eBook, Live for Him. If you don’t have a mission statement, I highly recommend creating one this month.
Set monthly goals
Going hand-in-hand with developing a mission statement, take some time this month to review your yearly goals. Then set some monthly goals to help you work toward achieving your goals for the year.
Check out the following posts for more encouragement:
Determine books to read this month
I like to make a list of the books I want to read each month based on my yearly reading goals.
I talk a lot about books. Check out the following posts for book ideas to add to your list:
- 24 Books I Plan to Read in 2013
- My 2012 Reading List
- Top 8 Must Read Books for Mothers
- 15 Ways to Make More Time to Read
Update your budget
Hopefully you have a budget in place.
If not, I highly recommend this post and this post written by my friend Sarah last year. She’s the one who got my husband and I set up with our current system of tracking our finances, and she shared about it in her two part series.
Take time this month to make any adjustments needed to keep you on track with your finances.
Put on your calendar one act of hospitality
We love hospitality. We try to plan one act of hospitality a month.
Check out these posts on hospitality for ideas and inspiration:
- 5 Myths About Hospitality that is Keeping You From Serving
- Simple Meals for Hospitality
- 20 Ways to Be Intentional in Your Neighborhood
Declutter and organize your cleaning supplies
Each month I’m focusing on one area in my home to declutter and get organized. I get overwhelmed if I try to take on too much at one time – so one room or area at a time!
This month I’m focusing on our cleaning supplies, which is in need of some attention. I need to restock and reorganize!
Plan one family activity
It’s the time of year when things start getting really busy. Make it a point to not let family time slide. Put a fun, family night on the calendar and make it happen.
Wash down all light switches, door knobs, and outlets
I have little hands (and big hands) that can really dirty up these often neglected hot spots for germ attraction. I’m going to take some time this month to give them all a good little scrub, and while I’m at it, I’m going to wipe down my stair rails as well.
Put outside furniture, toys, etc. into winter storage
I live in a area that gets a lot of snow! So we have to winterize our home, and it’s time to get on it.
Decorate your home for fall
From a homemaking perspective, this is just fun. I’m not one to go all out on any sort of decoration. I like to keep it simple, but I like to give my home a little pick me up when the seasons change. My main focus is always creating a welcoming front door.
Wash down all windows inside and out
This is another often neglected area, but it’s so important to keep on top of. The gunk and yuck that builds up, especially if you’re like us and keep your windows open during the warmer months.