A free printable list of things to do in September to help you stay on track with everything home related. Grab a dose of inspiration and ideas to add to your Planner for September, including some fun facts about this month, and there’s even a quote.
September is the time of year when…
Kids are back at school, you’re back at work or in your usual routine, Summer has finished and Autumn is well and truly on it’s way – now is a great time to get back into your routine and get things done!
I think that this time of year has definite parallels with the feel of January in terms of that back to normal day to day life after a more relaxing time – so it’s worth thinking with the same “New Year” mindset that you have then.
September is truly a great time to reset a little.
You already looked at revamping your routines in August , and those should be settling in – so this month you can look at tackling your TO DO list, making the most of your time, and you can even start to get ahead on a few homemaking tasks that will help you be more organised for that dreaded C word (Christmas – sorry – had to mention it!) as they are sort of related to that time of year…
Things to do in september
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 September 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 October
- Buy all presents and cards for November
#3 – Check your bank statement
- Are all outgoings correct?
- Are all incomings correct?
- Are you on track with your budget?
Homemaking tasks for September
#4 – Get plans in place for October half Term Holidays
October Half term usually hits around Halloween and Bonfire Night – so there’s lots going on.
You also may want to go away and get some last minute sun before Christmas, and even if you don’t go away you may have to sort childcare when they are off school…
Whatever you want to do – get it sorted now!
#5 – Get the home and garden prepared for Winter
Now is the perfect time to get the house and garden checked over ready for winter.
It may seem early but people like plumbers get booked up in the Autumn for things like boiler checks etc… so it’s worth staying a little ahead of the game.
Check things like the smoke alarm, CO2 detector, boiler, and the outside stuff like cleaning the drains and guttering ready for the bad weather.
And outside – furniture can be cleaned and put away, lawns treated with lawn care food and one last mow, etc….
You’ll feel so much happier once you know you are ready for the colder weather.
#6 – Change your meal plan to Autumn / Winter
Now is the time to take some of the summer dishes off your meal plan, and replace with the warming food of Autumn / Winter. I love to add in soups, curries, stews etc.. at this time of year.
#7 – Change your clothes over to Autumn / Winter
Sort out and change your summer wardrobe clothes into your autumn/winter clothes – wash and store away anything that needs to be stored, and also ensure your winter shoes are ready for wearing!
#8 – Change your home accessories over to Autumn / Winter
In most homes there will be a few bits that need to be changed as the weather gets colder: –
- Duvets – you may have different thicknesses for the seasons – so change these over now
- Extra throws on beds, and blankets on the sofas etc..
- Candles always add a lovely cosy feel for the darker nights as well.
Deep dive tasks for September
#9 – Tackle your TO DO list
It’s time to pull up your sleeves and get busy! The holidays are over, and you should be feeling quite refreshed and ready to tackle those things that you may have been leaving over the summer.
I also find that September starts to feel cooler, and I am much more productive when it’s not quite as hot outside….
So – get your TO DO list out (or create one by brainstorming EVERYTHING you need/want to get done) – and start to tackle what you can.
Some top tips for tackling your TO DO list are: –
- Group things together so that you are making all calls, writing all letters, shopping etc… all at the same time. You save LOTS of time by not switching between task types.
- Really ensure you still need to do all the tasks on your TO DO list. Over time some could be outdated and unnecessary.
- Try and add your TO DOs into your planner, and schedule them in. That way you stand much more of a chance of actually getting them done (but be realistic about how much time you have, so you don’t overwork yourself….)
Related: Why a Master TO DO List works best
Related: Is an Empty TO DO List Ever Possible
#10 – Sort your gift giving
Gift giving is, I think, one of the forgotten big tasks that any homemaker needs to master.
Whether it be what to give people, getting organised so that you don’t miss anyones special days, or just having the right supplies in the house when you need them – getting sorted in this department will reap rewards for you (time and stress levels) over and over again.
Some tasks that you could look at doing this month to get ahead (and these will help with some of your Christmas prep nice and early, which is always a bonus!), are: –
- Create a gift station
- Create a present box
- Make a note of everyones special days in your planner so you know when they all are
- Create a list of present ideas – and tick off who you have bought that for before (this is so that you don’t duplicate ever). I love to have a specific type of present for each age for kids – of tried and tested gifts that they will love.
Free printable for September
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 Dates in September
There aren’t any specific dates this month – but don’t forget to add your own important dates to your diary (including Birthdays, Events, Appointments etc….).
- SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE – Sapphire
- SEPTEMBER FLOWER(S) – Aster
- SEPTEMBER ZODIAC SIGNS – VIRGO August 24th to Sept 23rd, and LIBRA Sept 24th to Oct 23rd
Gift ideas for September 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 September 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 – CARD – Love this card as it is the colour of Sapphire, and shows an Aster – the birthstone AND the flower of the month. Would be gorgeous to make into a present by adding a frame to the gift for them to frame after their big day.
#2 – YELLOW SAPPHIRE NECKLACE – This is stunning, and a great example of while looking around, you don’t always have to be stuck with the colour of the birthstone if that’s not something that works for the recipient. If your September birthday person doesn’t like blue – then what about a different coloured sapphire!
And that’s all the things to do in September related to your home life that will keep you nicely on track all month.
Getting into a groove of getting things done this month will really help to stay motivated as the nights draw in – and you will be able to get so much done if you pace yourself with a little each day. Think of it as a 30 day challenge!
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.