10 Things To Do Every Month To Be Organised

10 Things To Do Every Month To Be Organised

The beginning of the month is the perfect time to reset, refresh and stay organised. There are so many simple yet powerful things you can do for yourself to prevent unnecessary stress. Even if you think you’re a disorganised person, you can learn new habits which will help you stay super organised!

In this post I’m sharing 10 things at the beginning of every month to ditch the unnecessary stress  organise the things that matter most to you.

10 Things To Do At The Beginning Of Every Month To Be Super Organised

1. Clear Out Your Purse

I’m not sure about you, but my purse seems to become full very quickly! By the end of the month it’s loaded with loose change and old receipts which I’ve kept just in case. Clearing out your purse at the beginning of the month is a great habit to start doing to get rid of the clutter which you no longer need. Not only will your purse feel lighter but your life will feel just that little bit lighter too.

2. Organise Your Phone Photos

Firstly I’ll admit that I have over 1000 photos on my phone! So as I write this I’m also reminding myself to go through all of my photos, delete the ones which I don’t want and upload the others to my Google Drive. You can also upload to them places such as iCloud, Amazon Cloud and Drop Box. You can then delete those photos from your phone to save space and have peace of mind knowing that your memories are in a safe place. Doing this will help you stay super organised every month!

3. Set Yourself Goals

The beginning of the month is the perfect time to reflect on how you felt the previous month went. For example, did you achieve what you wanted? Are you on track to get to where you wish to be?

I’ve recently started setting myself intentions at the beginning of every month. I’ve always found journaling to be a very powerful exercise and writing out your monthly intentions is a great way to remind yourself what’s important to you, what your goals are and the type of person you want to become as you work towards your goals. Once you have reflected on your intentions and your goals you will have a clear idea on what you want to achieve in the month ahead.

  • Click here to check out my video on setting monthly intentions.

4. Make Plans With Friends and Family

Most of us are usually very busy therefore finding the time to see friends and family, needs to be planned in advance. Use the beginning of the month to reach out to your loved ones and schedule in dinner dates, nights out and days out. This will avoid any last minute plans which you or one of your friends might not be able to make! Also, don’t forget about the family you live with. Even though you see them every day, plan activities and fun things to do together.

5. Schedule Appointments

Review your calendar at the beginning of the month and schedule appointments to make sure you get the time and date which works best for you. Do you want to get your hair done ready for a date or night out? Are you due a check up at the dentist? Have you been meaning to treat yourself to a massage? Get your appointments booked in and you will feel super organised and productive!

Tip: When I’m planning my calendar, I like to put all of my tasks, appointments and events into my calendar, starting with my non-negotiable, this includes tasks such as work or school. I then schedule in time for self-care, exercise, me time and time to see friends and family. After all of these appointments and tasks are in my calendar I add in the tasks related to my blog or any projects I’m working on. By doing this I can clearly see what my days look like and if I am packing too much into one day or if I am wasting a lot of time on tings which aren’t important to me.

6. Buy Birthday Cards

At the beginning of the month make a list of all the birthday cards you need to buy for the month ahead. It’s best to include the first week of the following month too, just in case someone’s birthday is on the first! You can also do this if you plan on buying birthday gifts too. Next time you’re out shopping you can pick up everything you need and avoid those embarrassing belated birthday wishes.

7. Deep Clean Your Home

Stay super organised by by giving your home the deep clean at the start of every month!

Deep clean your home: Once you have de-cluttered your closet and you’re feeling amazing because of it, find a day or a weekend which you can dedicate to cleaning your home. Check out this cleaning check-list by Oprah.com for some guidance! If finding an entire day or weekend is difficult then try to schedule in an hour here and then, to do one room at a time.

De-clutter your closet: Let’s be honest, you know that you have items in your wardrobe that you’re never going to wear again. I recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying* by Marie Kondo, her book will help you to transform your home into a clutter free space using the KonMari method. 

Organise your work space: Your work space should inspire you, it should motivate you, it should help bring out the best in you. After all, this is where magic happens. Don’t let your work space get cluttered in paper work and unwanted items, organise your work and make life easier for yourself. Try adding photos, candles or inspiring quotes, and if you can, treat yourself to some new stationery.

  • Click here to check out my video on de-cluttering and organising.

8. Budget For The Month

The start of the month is a great time to budget for the month ahead. You can figure out how much you need to spend on bills and grocery’s etc. With your remaining money you can work out how much you want to save and how much you want to spend.

9. Clean Out Your Refrigerator

Give your fridge a little extra love at the start of the month. Spend just 15 minutes clearing out those items that are expired. From this exercise you will get a good idea of what items you need and you will be able to plan your meals more effectively using what you already have.

10. Choose a Book to Read

I love a good book and I always give myself one or two books to read every month. I like to mix it up with a self-development book and a fiction book. Try to pick out at least one book at the beginning of the month.

Want more? Check out these printable planners, to stay super organised!

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Laura x

50 Comments

  1. 05/03/2017 / 04:45

    Making plans with friends and family is something I really struggle with. I constantly feel like I don’t have enough hours to do everything I need to do at home and work let alone make plans to go out, but I always feel better when I do go out and socialise.

    I am also guilty of having 1000+ photos of my phone, and most of them are random screenshots that I really don’t need! I definitely need to set aside some time to organise them all ????

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

    • 07/03/2017 / 19:20

      I completely understand, once we leave school or university or once we move into our our home it can be so much harder to find time for our friends and family. That’s why scheduling time in your calendar at the start of every month can make your life that little bit easier. P.s I still need to go through the pictures on my phone!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

      • 17/01/2019 / 16:11

        All of the suggestions listed above are awesome. Now, I just need someone to come live with me and keep me on tract. I am disorganized. I want to be organized, I read the how to’s, what to’s and when to’s, but it never gets done or done consistently. I know being organized would save me time and money… Ok, I’m going to give this an Honest Effort…..

        • 21/01/2019 / 16:52

          Thank you Deronda, I’m so glad you’ve found these tips helpful! Good luck getting organised, I know you can do it!

    • Turner
      18/11/2018 / 21:09

      Great article, check your spelling(organized).

  2. 06/03/2017 / 15:54

    These are such good ideas, especially the camera roll organising and buying birthday cards! Something I definitely need to start doing.

  3. 06/03/2017 / 21:47

    Omg, so much yes to this! I’m a massive organization nerd and I adore hearing other people’s tips and tricks for how they stay organized lol. Do you mind if I share this article with some of my followers? I don’t have a ton because I just started my blog, but I recently also wrote a post about organization and I think this is such a great recommendation for further reading!

    • 07/03/2017 / 20:08

      Ah thank you, I’m glad you liked it! Happy for you to share the post with your followers 🙂 I’ll be sure to check out your blog! Thanks for commenting.

  4. 06/03/2017 / 22:32

    Love these!! I tend to do these on a bi-weekly basis actually (well most of them) because I get stressed too easily!! A clean purse and bed sheets make a lot of difference!! I also write down everything on a huge calendar and color coordinate so I don’t miss a thing! You read my mind 😉

    • 07/03/2017 / 19:37

      Ooh I love the idea of a writing down everything on a colour coordinated calendar! I might need to give this a go 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  5. 06/03/2017 / 23:57

    I have really been putting off organizing my pictures, especially the ones on my computer! I just stick them in a file on my desktop and search for them later, lol. I really like the idea of buying birthday cards to make sure every special person is remembered during the month.

    • 07/03/2017 / 20:13

      Getting your birthday cards for the month is one which I find the most helpful. It can save so much stress, especially when you need to allow time to post them! Thanks for commenting 🙂

      • Phyllis Arnold
        10/02/2018 / 16:14

        I have a plastic shoebox filled with cards. I’m a card freak. Anytime I read a card I like, I have to buy it. I usually know who it’s for as soon as I read it. It also helps in case I hear it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary, loss, etc on the spur of the moment.

        • 12/03/2018 / 13:26

          Aww I love this! And this way you will give out cards which are more meaningful instead of buying them in bulk!

  6. 07/03/2017 / 00:54

    Clearing out the purse and the fridge! So much yes! I need to do these things more often.

  7. 09/03/2017 / 04:02

    I love looking at the start of a new month as a “fresh clean start”. Something I forget is cleaning my bed sheets right at the beginning, haha, gotta get to that. Also, phone photos… I get lazy to clean out my photos. Great post! x

    • 10/03/2017 / 11:06

      Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you liked it! I’ve always found the start of a new month to feel like a fresh start. It’s around this time when I think about my goals and my to do list. Thanks for commenting.

  8. 06/07/2017 / 11:50

    I love your tips! I try to buy all of my birthday cards in bulk! I need to start clean out my purse more! 🙂

    • 13/07/2017 / 16:00

      They’re little ideas but can really help you be more organised 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  9. 30/07/2017 / 10:11

    Oooh, I love these ideas. I’ve got into the habit of weekly things like cooking for the week ahead. But never thought about the things to do less often (but still regularly). I can see this will be really useful.

  10. 13/01/2018 / 10:12

    I found myself nodding my head “yes” after each of your 10 organizational tips. By the end of the article, I felt like a bobble head!! Haha. Thank you so much for these simple, but awesome ideas.

    • 15/01/2018 / 10:26

      haha I love your comment! and I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment x

  11. Lisa
    14/01/2018 / 20:54

    Great tips, but just one thing…. sheets should be changed weekly, biweekly at the least.

    • 15/01/2018 / 10:41

      Hi Lisa, thank you and yes that’s a very good point. I’ll update the paragraph! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  12. 16/01/2018 / 06:24

    I love these ideas, especially the birthday cards!!! Oh, and clearing out your purse. So important to stay organized when you’re a working woman doing what it takes to get ahead! Thank you!!!

    • 23/01/2018 / 20:46

      Aww thank you, I’m so glad you’ve found these ideas helpful! The birthday card ideas is one of my favourites too, those little things can save so much stress and time later on! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  13. 18/01/2018 / 19:45

    I love this! As a total organization nerd, I do these things all of the time and they totally help!

    • 23/01/2018 / 20:52

      Aww thank you! Do you have any other organisational tips? I would love to hear them! 🙂

  14. 19/01/2018 / 01:11

    I need to adapt them all. I thought I was organized
    Thanks for pushing me.

  15. 21/01/2018 / 07:07

    I tend to colour coordinate my wardrobe then my shoes to find the perfect style and colour of clothes to match my shoes PS:your tips are so super helpful they have helped me a lot thank you everyone👗👘👚👖👙👠👡👢👞👟

    • 23/01/2018 / 20:55

      Ooh do you, that’s a cool idea! I bet you’re wardrobe looks really pretty and colourful 🙂 Thank you, I’m so glad you’ve found these tips helpful x

  16. 07/02/2018 / 15:46

    Hey Laura,
    Thank you for this post. Good advice all over (I don’t personally use a purse though, so can’t say how good that is, but seems smart. 😛 )

    We recently started a more planned way to organize our months in our family. We got a daugther about 2½ years ago and it’s like they say, it changes everything. For the first year you’re just trying to keep awake and not feel totally overwhelmed with all new stuff. Plus you’re walking on clouds since you’re so happy.

    The second year we started to wake up from our baby-coma and realize that we needed a system to get things done. We started monthly (and sometimes weekly) planning meetings. Part of this is weekly budget meetings to go over the budget, with a big one at the end of each month. We even plan time to be social with people – and ourselves. My wife and I have to plan date nights, otherwise it just won’t happen.

    I like your post since it encourage people to do more planning and see the benefits from that. A lot of people avoid making plans since they think it’s a waste of time. What they don’t realize is that not planning leads to loss of time, since you’re less focused.

    Thanks again Laura!
    Hope you have an awesome day.

    • 09/02/2018 / 16:35

      Hey Anders,

      Thanks for your lovely message and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      The budget meetings sounds like a great idea! I just live with my partner so haven’t yet experienced life with children but we are renovating our home which requires a fair bit of budgeting. I may just have to use your idea of having a weekly/monthly budget meeting 🙂

      Scheduling date nights and other social events are such a great idea! Because like you said, otherwise it just doesn’t happen.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed my post. Being organised doesn’t take much time or effort but it can save you so much time and stress later on.

      Have a great weekend!!
      Laura

  17. Nicole
    19/02/2018 / 00:22

    Thanks I love this! I probably do about 5 of these without realising but I really needed some more ideas to save time. Another one I make sure I do is meal plan. Thanks for your suggestions!

    • 12/03/2018 / 13:28

      Hey Nicole, I’m glad you found some more organisational tips from my post 🙂 Meal planning is a great idea too and is something which I need to be better at. Thanks for commenting!

  18. Danielle
    20/03/2018 / 10:55

    Just came across your post on Pinterest reading all your ideas has made my head abit clearer and hopefully will make me abit more organised now I can start on April 😊
    Thank you

    • 26/03/2018 / 13:58

      That’s amazing, I’m so glad my post has helped clear your mind! And now Spring is here it seems like a good time to get organised and Spring clean our mind and life! x

  19. 31/07/2018 / 00:25

    I loved this post! I tidy out my bag at the start of every month too, I use my school bag the most often so that’s the one I tend to prioritise and it honestly gets in such a state.

    Soph | http://www.lovesoph.co.uk

  20. Tracey A
    24/08/2018 / 21:33

    Just found this through Pinterest and what a fabulous idea. One I will definitely adopt from next month. Thank you for sharing.
    Tracey.x

  21. 06/09/2018 / 22:51

    This is such a great list! I’ve started having a ‘get your life together’ day at the start of each month and it’s like a system reset for my life. It feels so much better going into the month with a gameplan and a clean slate. Thanks for some great ideas to add – I love the one about choosing a book to read!!! I am passionate about reading but I’ve let that passion slip as I’ve gotten older. Making it part of my system reset day will help with that habit for sure! Thank you for sharing!

    • 18/09/2018 / 09:08

      Thank you 🙂 You’re re-set day sounds fab! And I couldn’t agree more, it feels so much better going into the month with a plan x

  22. esa
    05/10/2018 / 12:24

    What a good and simple tips! I start this month! Thanks you

  23. Soumya
    22/11/2018 / 13:20

    Hey this was very helpful ,thank you so much!

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