Ramadan the blessed time of the year is near alhamdolilah. We have one whole beautiful month where we can really shift our proiorties and cleanse our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. I’m sure everyone can agree that it’s a month we really need to recharge and refresh after a year of accumulating unwanted sins and bad habits.
For us to truly benefit from this month, it is Important that we prepare ourselves spiritually and physically, get ourselves in the right state of mind and make easy the path to righteous deeds as well as remove the distractions that may prevent us from good. So I thought to share some tips with you on ways to prepare for Ramadan insha’Allah.
Like everything we need to know what to do before doing it, right? When you buy a self-assembly wardrobe, you need to read the instructions before assembling the wardrobe to insure you do it correctly. This principle is applicable to almost everything in life. It is such and important principle that the noble imaam Al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) dedicated a chapter in his book Al-Bukhari called
Knowledge precedes speak and action 
To insure we are observing Ramadan correctly, we need to acquaint ourselves with the rulings of Ramadan along side it’s benefits and merits so that we are motivated to seek its rewards. Here is a list of audios and articles that I recommend for anyone looking to learn about these rulings and benefits.
- Important Lessons Taken Ramadaan
- Articles concerning Ramadaan
- Purifying the Soul in Ramadaan – Audio – Hassan Al-Somali
- Questions & Answers on Ramadaan – Shaykh Ibn Baaz , Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen & Committee of major scholars
- Ramadaan is the month of the Quran – Audio – Anwar Wright
- The Merits of the Last 10 Days of Ramadan – Mustafa George
- The Rulings and Regulations of the Month of Ramadaan- Audio/ Part 1- Abu Hakim Bilal Davis
- The Rulings and Regulations of the Month of Ramadaan -Audio/ Part 2
Preparation in Rajab & Sha’baan
During the months of Rajab and Sha’baan the prophet Sal Allah alayhi wasalam and the sahaba prepared for Ramadan by increasing in fasting and reciting the Qur’an. The prophet Mohammed sal Allah alayhi wasalam would especially fast during the month of Sha’baan leaving off a few days. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha’baan. 
It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said:
I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha’baan? He said: “That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” 
As well as getting spiritually ready for Ramadan, it is important that we organise our lives and homes to dedicate as much time to worshipping Allah. The best thing you can do to prepare your homes is to eliminate any unwanted chores before Ramadan as well as facilitate ease for any chores you do end up doing, heres a few examples:
Lets stop the endless hours preparing for iftar and sahoor. Remind yourself and your family, it’s not about what we put in our bellies but what we feed our souls. Instead prep as much as we can before Ramadan. Buy your vegetables and meats cut, season freeze them so all you need to do assemble. Another tip is during Ramadan cook for numerous days so all that’s left is to get the small foods ready.
A helpful way to insure you make good use of your produce is get your fridge organised. This is the time for your tubberware and freezer bags to come out and enhance your meal preparations. As for the fridge have it so when you open it, you instantly know what to cook, not so that your wasting time rooting around seeing what you have and don’t have. To know what I’m talking about here is a Pinterest board I have just for fridge organisation *nerd emoji* .
House-Chores & Eid Preparations
Having the right environment in our home is an important factor to making the most out of our Ramadan. We don’t want a home that stresses us out due to the overwhelming task and chores. Getting all the tough and nitty gritty tasks out of the way will help minimise housework insha’Allah.
The Kitchen is where all the madness tends to happen so a good spring clean before Ramadan is wise. Scrub in and around your countertops and cabinets, sort your pantry cupboards and stock them with your Ramadan essentials. Organise your kitchen tools and appliances that will be used regularly during the month. Prepare your dinnerware for times when you might want to invite family and friends over for iftar. Just make sure you control that kitchen and not the other way around.
Those Dreaded Tasks
Now you’ve got the kitchen spick and span, you can slowly start doing the rest of the house. Any tasks that you have been avoiding like the plague, now is the time to do it guys! If you don’t want to be doing it now pre-fasting, you defiantly don’t want to be doing it while fasting. This will also make it easier for you when you need to a big clean up for Eid.
As for Eid I have one simple advice for you, if your able get it done before Ramadan do it! The last thing you want is to be running around shopping malls trying to find outfits, presents etc. while fasting. It’s exhausting and you don’t want to be wasting your time in Ramadan.
So there is my small advice for you guys. I hope you have found some of these tips useful to prepare yourselves for Ramadan, and here’s a little something from me, click the image below to get a free Ramadan planner that you can print and use to make things a little more easier, Enjoy!
 Al-Bukhaari Chapter ‘Knowledge Proceeds Words and Actions’
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).
Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.