Today we have approximately 34 days left until Ramadan begins. SubhaanAllah, how time flies.
How are you preparing yourselves for the sacred month? A lot of good ideas and resources have been shared in homeeducators and UK muslims, mashaa Allah.
Lots of Ramadan themed articles etc
How the Salaf observed Ramadan
Ramadan Prep: Time management
Ramadan 2008 Preparation, by Umm Raiyaan, mashaa Allah.
Um Hadiyyah's Ramadhan Planner Blog
Ramadanish, from last year.
I'm aiming at being well prepared for Ramadan and Eid before Ramadan starts, this year inshaa Allah. That means cleaning like crazy, shopping essential ingredients for those Ramadan dinners and breakfasts when they are on sale, preferably before Ramadan. Eid presents and clothes, before Ramadan! We have about 34 days left, that means five weeks to get kitchen, living room, bed rooms, bathroom and gardens ready in five weeks. Maybe I'll concentrate on one area per week, or I'll stick to my regular schedule, one area per weekday: entrance hall (Sunday), kitchen (Monday), living room (Tuesday), the whole house (Wednesday), bed rooms (Thursday), bathroom (Friday), gardens (Saturday), and just put extra effort in it?
I did get the kitchen wiped a bit yesterday....... because we had a water fight... alhamdu lillah, the weather is very hot. The garden is shaping up, mashaa Allah! We've got turf waiting to be laid, it's a pretty tough job, because our soil contains too much heavy clay - we're not sure what to do... And then we need to get the right shed for the birds, inshaa Allah. And then it's my turn to do the gardening in the borders, inshaa Allah. We'll see how green my fingers are, lol. I've got some plans for it already ;) .
But the rest of the house is a mess, honestly. I barely do anything but cooking, laundry-washing and take care of the baby. Not to mention all the caring for the birds, as we've set up a schedule for their medications and food supplements in addition to their regular feeding and cleaning schedule. The living room is a constant battle to keep clean with them there, laa quwwata illa billah. And with all the work done in the garden, sand and dirt is everywhere, Allahul-Musta'aan.
May Allah make it easy for me to get my act together, ameen. May we all have a lovely and beneficial Ramadan, full of 'ibaadah, taqwaa, and health, Ameen Ya Rabb.