A really useful list of things to do in August around the house (and in life) to help you stay on track with all those household jobs that need to be done. There is a free printable as well, which will help you to be organised with what to do – along with some inspiration and ideas to add to your Planner for August, including a fantastic free printable TO DO list with all the tasks written out for you, some fun facts about this month, and there’s even a quote.
August – the time of year when…
The kids are off, you may have some time off too, so now is the month to have some fun, and still get some bits done too.
There’s definitely something in the air in August – things seem easier when the weather’s nice, and people are generally happier.
It’s a great time for holidays, outings, relaxing, and generally getting some down time before it’s back to school/work in the Autumn.
BUT (there’s always a but, isn’t there! – it’s so important to keep pushing through and getting bits done so it doesn’t pile up…), although we’re in holiday mode, it’s also important to recognise that just around the corner is back to school / work / routine – and therefore one of the best things to get done as soon as possible is to prep for these things, so you can sit back safe in the knowledge that you’re prepared.
August can have a real ‘end of year’ feeling to it – even as an adult – because you have time off for holidays, and being away from routine can help to re-focus and hone in on goals etc…. You start thinking more big picture stuff when you’re away and out of the day to day stuff. It’s a bit like December in that respect, don’t you think!?
As such, I love to look at re-vamping my routines at this time of year, ready for a fresh start in September.
Alongside that – making the most of having the kids at home means that you can get them sorted fully too – ready for their start of new school year. Now is a great time to spend sorting their rooms, clothes, back to school stuff etc…. – and their routines as well!
They’re off school, so it makes sense to do it with their help.
Things to do in August
Regular monthly tasks
There are some things that, as a homemaker, you need to do each and every month. Without them, you will start to fall behind pretty quickly.
I wrote a post about these 3 main tasks to do each month HERE if you want to read the full article, but the quick list is here: –
#1 – Check your diary
- Add in any special dates (there are some written further down this post if you need any help on the main dates to remember).
- Add in dates specific to your life (birthdays, events, appointments etc….).
- Get some dates in the diary for your social life – and book babysitters well in advance
- Have a general view of what’s coming up, so nothing is a surprise
#2 – Sort all cards and gifts
- Make sure all presents and cards for August are on track to get to the recipient at the right time (post or hand delivered)
- Check that you have got all the presents and cards ready for September
- Buy all presents and cards for October
#3 – Check your bank statement
- Are all outgoings correct?
- Are all incomings correct?
- Are you on track with your budget?
Homemaking tasks specific to August
#4 – Get ‘back to school’ ready
This month there really is only one thing that’s totally time dependant – and that’s the fact that back to school is just around the corner.
Get everything sorted as early in the month as possible, and you can then sit back and enjoy the holidays rather than have a mad panic nearer the time.
Related: How to Create a Homework Station
Related: Top Tips for Back to School
Deep dive tasks for August
#5 – Get the kids sorted
There are so many kid related jobs you can tackle in August, and although many mums will say that they want to do all the sorting when the kids are out of the house, I think the opposite.
If your kids are around, they can help. Yes, they may hinder as well – but actually DOING the jobs with you is the only way to teach them that these things need doing. It’s also a LOT easier to sort their clothes when they are there to try things on to check if they fit etc….
You may have most things sorted when it comes to the kids, but here are some projects you could choose from: –
- Declutter and sort their clothes
- Move their room around, declutter and sort ready for the new school year
- Start looking at teaching them new jobs to help around the house
- Get them involved in cooking and other projects around the house
- Teach them a new skill or more responsibility
- Get their routines sorted ready for the new school year
- Sort all their toys and games – give things they have outgrown to charity
#6 – Tackle your routines
I LOVE checking in on my own routines at this time of year, because not only does it have the ‘back to school’ feeling for me still, but also it’s great to re-vamp the day to day stuff sometimes and keep it fresh.
It enables me to tackle what’s not working as well as it could – or look at things that I need to add/remove from what I do each day.
I have a copy of my morning and evening routines in my planner, so I can easily check what’s written there (of course, after a while, things become a habit and I don’t need to actually look at it every day, but it’s great to have it there so I CAN check in if needed).
Think about what you do each morning and each evening.
Are they working well for you?
Are there things you wish you could do each day but as yet haven’t found the time?
Are there things that aren’t working for you?
Now is the time to adjust and make them better.
Free TO DO list printable for August
If you’d like all these TO DO’s in one easy to use checklist, then you’re in exactly the right place!
The gorgeous TO DO list has everything I’ve talked about in this post written down for you to print off and tick as you finish each task:
Want a copy?
Your very own copy of this gorgeous (and helpful!) printable is waiting for you in the Free Printables Library. To get FREE access to the entire library simply click the button below – hope you enjoy!
Important August Dates
- UK BANK HOLIDAY – Last Monday in August
- The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eisteddfod in Wales, and the Notting Hill Carnival are usually held in this month if you fancy a trip!
Also – don’t forget to add your own important dates to your diary (including Birthdays, Events, Appointments etc….).
- AUGUST BIRTHSTONE – Agate
- AUGUST FLOWER(S) – Gladiolus
- AUGUST ZODIAC SIGNS – LEO July 23rd to August 22nd, and VIRGO August 23rd to September 22nd
Gift Ideas for August Birthdays
I LOVE buying gifts for people because it’s a chance to show them that you care for them and they are someone who means a lot to you.
There are lots of gift guides and gift giving inspiration for different people on the site already, so take a look HERE, but if you want something specific to the month then why not use the August Facts in the section above, and take inspiration from them?
I’ve put a couple of ideas below to get you started, and I really hope they inspire you:
#1 – VIRGO TSHIRT – Stylish, and any Virgo lady would like this!
#2 – LEO TSHIRT – Another great t-shirt that’s subtle but gorgeous.
There you have it – all the things to do in August related to your home life that will keep you nicely on track and ready for the new school year…
Whatever you do this August, have fun, do a few new things with the kids, and don’t forget to forward plan for the start of the new school year – you will then have the best holiday ever!
If you can think of other things to add, or you’d like to share how you get on this month, then I’d LOVE to hear from you.