5 Grownup Tasks You Should Do At The Beginning Of Every Month
There are some jobs, while certainly not the most glamorous, that can cement your status as a fully-fledged adult who does grownup stuff on the reg. Too scared to consider the last time you took all of the junk out of your fridge and gave it a good scrub? Or, are you sick of double booking yourself and having to let down your friends?
Like eating your veggies at the beginning of the meal, why not get all the mundane stuff done at the beginning of the month? It’ll make your life easier, and you’ll have the comforting feeling knowing you’ve mad the rest of your month a little more seamless.
Here are some of the grown up things you should be doing at the start of each month.
Check your smoke alarms
Want to die in a house fire? Nah, me neither – this is why it’s so important to regularly check that your smoke alarms are in working order. Sure, this means having to scale some furniture to reach up to the roof, but you’ll sleep better at night knowing you and your family or housemates are as a result safer.
While you’ve got it down, be sure to give it a good clean (you should vacuum the vents once a year) and if it’s looking a little worse for wear, it might be worth replacing – smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Deep clean your house
You might keep your house tidy, but when was the last time you gave it a good clean? I’m talking the inside of your oven and the top of ceiling fans. If it’s been a while, take the time at the beginning of the month to get it done.
Anything you reckon could do with a clean – clean it. Take all of the food out of your fridge and freezer and give it a deep clean, attack your shower with a toothbrush, clear out the filter of your dishwasher – you get the deal.
Setting this time aside at the start of the month will make your regular cleans so much easier (most of the work will be already done) and there’s just something satisfying about a really clean space.
Set your monthly budget
New month, who dis? The start of a new month is the perfect time to say sayonara to your old shitty spending habits – a clean slate of sorts.
Take this time to sit down and set out a monthly budget.
Look back at your transaction history to find out what exactly you’re spending your money on, and then determine what changes you can make to boost your savings and minimise unnecessary spending. If you need some inspiration or a helping hand, check out our tips on budgeting from a financial expert.
Schedule your appointments and make plans
There’s nothing worse than letting your mates down by accidentally double booking yourself. Outside of work, there isn’t a whole lot of spare time, and attempting to run all your errands, get to appointments, hang out with your friends and visit family can be exhausting.
This is why at the start of the month you should schedule all of your appointments and plans so you have something to reference next time you go to make plans with your buddy on the same day you already agreed to help your other friend move house.
And when drafting up your monthly schedule, be sure to block out a few days for yourself. Leave yourself some ‘nothing’ time to spend however you feel.
Change your bedding
Personally, I reckon you should maybe change them a little more frequently but hey, you do you.
Think of your sheets as clothes you wear for around eight hours every single night. To gross you out even more and guilt you into wanting to head straight to the laundry, we shed more than 500 million skin cells per day, and spend a third of our life in bed.
As a result, 160 million of these cells will end up in your bed every night. Oh, and don’t forget body oils, sweat, bacteria, hair and a bunch of other fun stuff.
On top of not feeling gross, sleeping in fresh sheets is hard to beat and can actually make your life infinitely better.
What better way to start the month than to kick its butt before the end of the first couple of days?
Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.