Planning for March
This year, I’m trying to be more organised in planning ahead for each month. In case it helps anyone else be more organised too, I’ll be sharing our monthly list of things to do, plan, remember and celebrate. And for those who want to be extra organised, there’s a free downloadable printable at the end of this post too, to help you make your own monthly list.
My favourite thing about spring is planting things. Although we live in the city, we have both a shared garden where we have claimed a small corner, and we do a lot of window sill gardening too. March is the time to get all those little seedlings started off, so that they’ll be ready to go in the ground and the window boxes when the warmer spring weather comes around.
Buy new shoes for the kids
As we head out of winter in to warmer months, the kids will be needing new shoes as even in Scotland it’s getting too warm to keep wearing their winter boots. And of course they’ve grown out of last year’s spring/ summer trainers and walking shoes. It’s always a matter of getting the timing just right – don’t buy too soon in case they have a growth spurt, but don’t leave it too late or the shops won’t have anything decent left in their size. Hand on heart, I hate buying shoes!
Get organised for Easter
Easter is a big celebration for us, and while it doesn’t take as much preparation as Christmas I do like to prepare for it well in advance. Easter falls quite late this year, on the 17th April, but giving myself plenty of time means less stress when the big day comes. So, make yourself a big Easter ‘to do’ list and start ticking off all those bits and pieces, and before you know it you’ll be all sorted!
Things are a bit different this year, as we will FINALLY be heading over to Germany for a visit with my family for the first time since the pandemic started, but in other years my Easter list looks something like this:
- Plan menu for Easter Sunday
- Reserve grocery slot
- Pre-order meat from the butcher
- Check with friends if they want to meet up for Easter – at theirs or ours?
- Organise gifts/ chocolate bunnies/ eggs for the kids, friends, neighbours
- Plan Easter egg hunt
- Check church service times
- Book time off work
- Organise childcare for any days working
Book a summer holiday
In Scotland, our school summer holidays start at the end of June, so with three months left to go it’s time to book finally book a trip away before everything affordable is booked up! In the past, we’ve organised holidays much further in advance, especially bigger trips abroad, but since the pandemic we’ve not been wanting to jump the gun too much in case things change at short notice. Ideally three months is the absolute latest I would want to leave it though. This year we’re planning to head up north to Aberdeen.
Time to Forage For
I’ve added a new section in this month. We’ve really gotten in to foraging over the past couple of years, so in my forward planning I’m going to include a reminder of what plants to forage for each month. This will of course vary hugely depending on which part of the world you live in. For us, it’s what’s ready to forage here in central Scotland (and even here the foraging times sometimes vary depending on what the weather has been like). If you’re not bothered about foraging, the monthly download included two pages – one with, and one without a section for foraging.
In March we’ll be foraging for…
- Ground Elder
- Wild Garlic
Dates for Our Diary
There are so many dates from different cultures and religions to consider, I’ll just be listing the ones that we ourselves celebrate or commemorate (you can create your own personal list using the download at the end of this post). I’ll also highlight some previous activities from our archives, which will help us to celebrate.
1 March – Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day
3 March – World Book Day (UK)
- 5 Last Minute World Book Day Costumes
- 9 World Book Day Costumes on a Budget
- How to Celebrate World Book Day at Home
27 March – Mothering Sunday (UK)
Coming Up Next Month
One thing I’ve found with monthly planning, is that the things that happen at the beginning of the month can often take you by surprise (like World Book Day, every single year!) So that’s why at the beginning of each month I’ll also be reminding myself what’s coming up the following month…
- 17 April – Easter Sunday