This Ramadan is going to be an exceptionally busy one for me and my family. I’m leaving Saudi Arabia and moving back to Canada, which means there’ll be a whole of lot of cleaning, packing, and of course stress from getting rid of everything from large appliances to candle holders. At first, I somewhat accepted that this may not be the ideal Ramadan and sadly I’ll miss out. But then that empowered voiced echoed in my ear saying “No! This Ramadan will be the best!!!” You will always be busy but the key to life is organization. If I can get the the bulk of my worries out of the way before Ramadan, then I’ll be in a better state mentally, physically, and emotionally to worship Allaah and thus reap the benefits of the virtuous month.
Ramadan is the most blessed time of the year. But to really benefit you need to take full advantage of your time. You just can’t afford to be running errands around town and spending long hours cooking and cleaning. It’s only one month! You want to reserve as much time as motherly possible to Quran and worship. And to do so you gotta get wise and get organized!
So here are some things I plan on getting done before Ramadan. You might want to get these things out of your way as well.
1. Stuck up on those fava beans
Start buying in bulk and storing your groceries now. You don’t want to spend a couple of hours a week in a grocery store when you could be doing things that will up your status in Jannah a notch. Sure you’ll have to go back for your fruits and veggies, but you’ll save yourself the temptation of strolling through each isle (and stocking up on unnecessary items you wish you could eat right then and there only because you’re fasting)!
2. Do your Eid shopping
You want to buy your Eid outfits and gifts now. It’s sales season, so you can get really good deals this time of the year. You don’t want to spend the last week of Ramadan mall hopping and waiting in long queues to return items. Shopping is tiring and time consuming! Be done with it now, you’ll thank me later.
3. Spring Clean
This can also wait until after Ramadan. But if it’s that time of year for you to empty out your storage and do a full blown clean out, do so now while you have the energy and time, or save it for after Ramadan. I recommend you do it before hand so that you can donate what you don’t need during Ramadan for double rewards!
4. Get the suitcases and boxes out
The best thing I’ve done so far is sell my bedroom set. Well, that means I’ll be living out of a suitcase and sleeping on the floor for the next 6 weeks, but at least I’m all packed up. If you plan to travel or move homes during Ramadan, try packing now.
5. Chop, saute, and freeze
This Ramadan, I’m going to try something I’ve never done before… prepare my meals in advance (GASP!!). Well, cooking isn’t the difficult part; it’s the prepping that keeps me in the kitchen longer than I’d like to be. So if I can chop and cook my veggies, or season my meats, and then freeze, I shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen longer than 30 minutes, insha Allaah. Check out myhalalkitechen.com for 9 great tips on getting ready for Ramadan cooking.
6. Keep a list of activities on hand for the kiddos
If you want more time to yourself, you’ll have to come up with some activities or beneficial entertainment that the kids can do independently. Make a list of as many activities as you can along with the materials needed (if needed) and keep it handy for spontaneous play.
I’m sure you now have your own list of things that you need to have done before Ramadan. Feel free to share them in the comments section below.