My Month-By-Month PLAN for the Entire Year

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I hope you all are recovering from all the joys and craziness of the Christmas season!  With it being only a few days until 2014, I’m looking forward to the new year!  Below you’ll find a copy of my month-by-month plan.

Please note: these are guidelines, not hard-fast rules.  If God sees fit to bless us, I’m hoping to be pregnant again sometime in 2014 (and I have fairly difficult first trimesters).  All that to say, I am expecting to ‘fall behind’ at some point.

The good news is that while we serve a purposeful and orderly God, we also serve a merciful and compassionate one.  Having ‘my plan’ laid out gives me peace of mind, but I also realize that grace sometimes necessitates throwing that ‘plan’ out the window for the time being.

January: 

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts (I have a list of all my friends/family’s birthdays divided by month)
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Main Closet using Pinterest Ideas (Follow me!)
  • Finalize New Year Resolutions (check out mine in this series)
  • Revamp Home Binder
  • Conclude 2013 Budget and Revamp for 2014 (I’ll be talking more about how I do this in future posts!)
  • Clear out Holiday Décor
  • Write Thank You Notes
  • Check/Re-do Vehicles’ Emergency Kit
  • Purchase Items on Wardrobe Need List (Inspired by this post)

 February:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Barn/Storage Area using Pinterest Ideas
  • Update Preparedness Supplies
  • Make Valentine’s Day Plans
  • Obliterate the mending pile!
  • Schedule annual doctor/dentist visits
  • Declutter/Organize Toys (more on that here)

 March:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Office using Pinterest Ideas 
  • 30 day Spring Cleaning Challenge (more on that in March!)
  • Get Ready for Storm Season
  • Plan Yearly For-Fun trip with sisters-in-law
  • Remember to spring forward on 2nd Sunday

 April:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Boys’ Room using Pinterest Ideas
  • Create list of treasures to find at yard sales
  • Finish Spring Cleaning!
  • Plant Garden and Set Up Garden Binder (more on that later!)
  • Plan a yard sale or list things on craigslist or ebay (post coming soon!)
  • Swap Seasonal Clothes
  • Compile Pictures for Yearbook (read about those here)
  • Clean & Organize the Car

 May:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Porch & Yard using Pinterest Ideas
  •  Create some just-for-fun goals for the summer
  • Let the Yard Sale-ing Begin!
  • Make a list of outdoor improvements to do this summer
  • Plan for and celebrate mother’s day with moms/grandmas
  • Write down preschool plans for next year
  • Plan for and celebrate anniversary!
  • Begin putting Yearbook together

 June:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Bedroom using Pinterest Ideas
  •  Plan for and celebrate father’s day
  • Finish and Order Yearbook
  • Declutter/Organize Sheds & Garden Supplies
  • Spend time outdoors!

 July:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Living Room using Pinterest Ideas
  • Organize/Back-Up Electronic Files
  • Wash Windows Inside & Out (and clean screens)
  • Update Recipe binder
  • Slow Down and Enjoy the Summer!

 August:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Dining Room using Pinterest Ideas
  •  Declutter/Organize Preschool Stuff
  • Set new schooling goals
  • Start Freezing fruits and veggies to enjoy this winter

 September:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Kitchen using Pinterest Ideas
  •  Pull out fall décor
  • Starting planning for Gabriel’s birthday
  • Pick out and start rehearsing Fall Fest skit

 October:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Organize/Declutter/Decorate the Bathroom & Laundry Area using Pinterest Ideas
  • Schedule Family Photo Session
  • Pick Outfits & Prepare for Pictures (I like to collect my favorite poses and styles from pinterest)
  • Swap Seasonal Clothes
  • Clean up the yard for winter
  • Clean up the mudroom/to-go area
  • Look over Christmas gift list
  • Celebrate Gabriel’s birthday, get portrait, update baby book
  • Start freezing meals to pop in during busy holiday season
  • Polish up fall fest skit

 November:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Print/Frame Family Pictures, Decorate the Stairway using Pinterest Ideas
  •  Plan for Joshua and Matthias’ birthday
  • Celebrate Joshua and Matthias’ birthday, get portrait, update baby book
  • Fall back the first Sunday of the month
  • Check batteries in smoke detector
  • New toothbrushes!
  • Create holiday plans and to-do-lists (advent calendar)
  • Set up Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving!
  • Start Finalizing Christmas Gifts!
  • Make Christmas Card, order prints
  • Ship something special to missionary friends so it arrives by Christmas.

December:

  • Check Birthday File and Finalize Gifts
  • Make Organizing/Decluttering/Decorating Goals for Next Year
  • Finish Christmas Gifts!
  • Enjoy the season!  Get some fun Christmas music!
  • Wrap and/or Ship off Gifts
  • Make and Deliver Cookies to Neighbors and Mailmen
  • Send Out Christmas Cards
  • Prepare for winter weather (including car kit)
  • Make New Years Resolutions for HOME, BOYS, and SELF (more on that in this series)

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6 thoughts on “My Month-By-Month PLAN for the Entire Year

  1. Theresa K says:

    Never, ever seen someone write out a monthly year plan like this, but it’s such a great idea! I love goals, so I’m going to have to try this out this year. Is this the first year you’ve done a monthly year plan, or do you do one every year?

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’ve done one every year and have gotten better at it each time! Not everything gets accomplished, but I try to be proud of what I AM able to do instead of focusing on what I didn’t. Have fun!

  2. Taylor says:

    Um….Holy Cow!! I’m still working on mastering a “tomorrow” PLAN!! You just blew my socks off. Thank you for the motivation 😉

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      Haha! My Month-by-Month plan eventually leads me to my Daily Plan. Knowing where I’m headed helps me in the NOW, if that makes sense. Thanks for reading, Taylor!

  3. Cayla says:

    I love this! And I wanna try it myself. Want to pin it but…am I missing the Pinterest button?

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