Here is a September to-do list that will help you remember what you need to get done this month as moms, homeschool teachers, homemakers, and homesteaders. Some of these things are only on the list as an “if this, then that” task – dependent on circumstances – and others are set in stone.
For example, if you do not have a garden, then you would not need to complete the tasks related to that. Also, if you live in the south of the USA, then you may not need to switch seasonal clothes until October.
Keep in mind, these tasks are for the entire month of September and should be dispersed accordingly. Start with whatever makes the most sense for your family.
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September To-Do List
- put away summer clothes for the children and take out cold-weather clothing.
- purge children’s dressers/closets of damaged or too-small clothes.
- organize the hand-me-downs. I keep a container for each child (or two children per container) and when my older children outgrow clothes that are still in good condition, I place them in the next child’s bin for them to use when they grow into them.
- take inventory of what each child needs for winter – including coats and boots – and plan to purchase them ASAP.
- deep clean children’s rooms. After a less-than-organized summer, now is the perfect time to whip the bedrooms in shape and start fresh. Be sure to have the children help! Find help for downsizing here.
For homeschool teachers:
- purge curriculum and old/damaged school supplies.
- organize the homeschool storage space and bookshelves.
- start the new homeschool year.
- sometimes I dedicate the first week of the new school year to getting everything ready and count that towards school time.
- for more detailed “back to homeschool” help, read Big List of Back To Homeschool Tips.
- plan and prep “first day of autumn” activities.
September to-do list for First Day Of Fall Activities
- watch “Winne The Pooh’s Grand Adventure”
- read “Ox-cart Man”
- drink “Bengal Spice” tea
- eat pumpkin muffins and beef soup (either harvest soup or beef stew)
- collect leaves for leaf rubbing (the key is to choose still soft/flexible leaves)
- deep clean at least one area of the home each week of September to get rid of the dust from summer. Start with the dirtiest/hardest area! Now is a good time to wash curtains, dust ceilings and light fixtures, and vacuum behind furniture. Check out my tips for making annual deep cleaning easier.
- remove summer decor to make room for autumn decor.
- freshen candles and candlesticks.
- think ahead to Thanksgiving dinner and autumn baking; start shopping for any non-perishables (canned pumpkin, etc.) now. Check out our Favorite Thanksgiving Foods.
- revamp the meal plan, remove cold summer dishes and add comfort food like soups/stews.
- if you use a wood-burning stove for a heat source, now is the best time to prep it for its first use of the cold season.
- while the outside of the home is (presumably) getting buttoned up and prepped for cold weather, do your part to secure the inside of the home, too.
- autumn is the perfect season to bring hygge to your home.
- harvest and preserve the last of the garden produce. September gardens are dwindling but demanding, so plan on fitting in harvesting and preserving here and there – whenever the need arises!
- small batches of various veggies can be fermented/pickled in the fridge with a simple brine of raw apple cider vinegar, salt, and water (cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, etc. are great options for this). Grab this garden planner!
- pull plants that are done producing to compost or give to the chickens.
- prep the garlic bed for planting in October.
- take inventory and organize the animal feed storage.
- repair and prepare cold weather shelters for the animals.
What am I missing? What would you add to this September to-do list?
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