Household Checklist for April

There’s plenty to do around the house in April.  Check out our printable Household Checklist for April.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in April

Spring is here, and there are things to do both inside and outside of your home.

Maintenance
  • Schedule days and times to complete Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Drop off donations from Spring Cleaning (clothes, toys, kitchen items)
  • Decorate house for Spring
Outdoors
  • Take out patio furniture
  • Take out garden hoses; turn outside water on
  • Bring out grilling supplies: firewood, utensils etc.
  • Inspect and repair window screens
  • Drain pool cover (if excess water from winter)
Do-It-Yourself or Schedule
  • Step 1 Fertilizer for Lawn
  • Spring clean-up for yard (pick up branches, thatch, rake, first mow)
Money
  • File Federal and State Income Taxes
  • Shopping: Spring sporting goods (little league)
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family
Meal Planning
  • Host or attend Easter / Passover / holiday gathering
  • Plan Mother’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in May

 

Details on April Projects

Here are some specific details on our April projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

Maintenance:

Daffodils outside

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Outdoors:

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Leaf RakeHow to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Helicopters from Silver Maple

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

Forcythia

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 1 Fertilizer

Preen

Don’t like weeds? Act now to prevent weeds from growing

Orange Pansies in Black Container

Can pansies survive snow? What you need to know

Money:

Tax Folders

When to file your taxes

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Meals and Event Planning:

Hosting Easter - printable checklistsHosting Easter? A Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline and Checklist You Can’t Miss

Birthday Party Checklist

Seven Steps to Planning a Birthday Party

Time Management:

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Printable Household Checklist for April

Household Checklist for April

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for April:

Household Checklist for April

By scheduling time to handle these items in April, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

 

 

snowfall on pansies

Can pansies survive snow? What you need to know

Did you ever plant pansies, only to find out a snowstorm is on the way?  We’re here to tell you what happened when we planted our pansies, and then a surprise snowstorm occurred overnight.  Can you guess the outcome?

Planting pansies early

Pansies are known for their hardiness. People usually plant them in early spring, knowing that they can survive colder temperatures.  Here are the pansies we planted.  Aren’t these orange pansies beautiful?

Orange Pansies in Black Container

 

We also planted yellow ones in a pretty planter stand that was crafted out of wood.

Yellow pansies

 

And then it snowed

On April 19th, we awoke to an unexpected snow-covered yard. It was so beautiful, until sheer panic set in when I realized my pansies were outside. Some of them were under a covered porch, while others were in containers unprotected from the elements. And then there were the ones that I planted directly in the window boxes of our shed. My heart sank.

Orange pansies covered in snow

According to the news reports, the rain changed over to sleet around midnight. It was followed by about an inch of snow. So when I looked at the pansies around 7:00 a.m. they were covered in snow. I hustled to lug the containers into the house, hoping that they weren’t outside too long. Within an hour, the snow melted, and after another hour things were looking optimistic.

Yellow pansies after snow

By the end of the day, I knew the yellow and orange pansies would be fine.  As for the pansies out in the window boxes, I wasn’t able to bring those indoors. I thought about covering the plants with a plastic bag or pillow case, but instead I just let Mother Nature take her course. What was the result? They were fine! We were so thrilled that all of the pansies survived.

Lessons learned

Pansies can survive cold temperatures slightly under 32 degrees. They can even survive a light sleet and snow storm.  In fact, the ice may have acted as an insulation to protect the flowers.

Going forward, we plan to keep an eye on the daily forecast, so that we can take necessary precautions. Anything is possible here in New England.  So if a larger snowstorm is headed your way, be sure to bring your pansies indoors.

Happy gardening! 🙂

Hosting Easter? Use our Editable Easter Planner to Stay Organized

Are you planning to host Easter dinner?  If so, we are here to help make the process easy with our Editable Easter Planner.  This includes a Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline, Easter Checklist and tips for the holiday.  Let’s get started.

Editable Easter Planner; Easter Menu Planner, Easter Cooking Timeline;Editable Easter Checklist

Easter Menu Planning

As with most events and family gatherings, you will want to do some initial planning.  Consider using our Editable Easter Planner to keep track of everything:

  1. First, decide on the time of your meal.  Will it be an Easter breakfast, brunch, or dinner?
  2. Next, determine the names of the guests who will attend.
  3. Then, it’s time to set the menu.

Editable Easter Planner; Editable Easter Menu

Tips for completing the list:

  • If your guests will bring a dish, that’s fine.  Just add it to the menu, and list their name after it.  Example: Cookies – Mom
  • If you’re planning to have leftovers, it’s always nice to have a pretty take home bag.

Easter Cooking Timeline

Since Easter brunch or dinner involves cooking various dishes, you’ll want to set up a timeline for the day, so that everything runs smoothly.

Editable Easter Planner; Editable Easter Cooking Timeline

1.  First, determine what time you want to eat.

For our example, let’s say that dinner will be served at 2:00 p.m.

2.  Next, determine what time your guests should arrive.

For our dinner, we are asking guests to arrive at 1:00 p.m.

Note: We know that some guests will arrive a little earlier, and some will run late.  Therefore, we expect the overall arrive time between 12:45 – 1:15.

Our social hour is planned for 1:00 – 2:00.

3.  Then, fill out the Easter Meal Timeline to determine your cooking times and tasks for the day.

We will serve a pork roast.  It weighs just under 3 pounds, and needs to cook ½ hour per pound.  Once it comes out of the oven, it will sit for 15 minutes prior to carving.  This keeps it nice and juicy.

 

Easter Checklist Preparations

Now that everyone agrees you are hosting Easter brunch or dinner in your home, there are quite a few things you can do ahead of time to get ready for the event.  Check out our editable Easter Checklist to keep your Easter organized.

Editable Easter Planner; Editable Easter Checklist

Two to three weeks ahead of time:

  • Invite guests
  • Plan menu
  • Buy Easter eggs, candy and baskets
  • Decorate house with Easter items
  • Update entrance way with spring flowers (daffodils, hyacinths, or tulips)
  • Update pictures around house
  • Schedule hair cuts for family members

The week before Easter:

Do a few things each day of the week.  Use our pre-filled checklist to manage the week.  Or, make changes to fit your schedule.

Get your Editable Easter Planner

Our Editable Easter Planner is large-print and easier to read.  It includes:

  • Easter Menu Planner
  • Easter Dinner Cooking Timeline
  • Easter Checklist

Click here to get your Editable Easter Planner

Did you know our planner is 

1. Editable: You can download and type your info right on the form.
2. Portable: Use on your cell phone, tablet or computer.
3. Large-print: Easy to read, even on a cell phone
4. Reusable: Save your plans and use year after year.
5. Printable: Print if needed.  Keep your Cooking Timeline handy while cooking.
6. Ink-friendly: Designed to save you ink by using fewer graphics.

Get your Editable Easter Planner today!

You may also want to read these articles our site:

White Basket with Blue and White Gingham LiningIt’s Time to Decorate for Easter

Fill Your Own Easter Basket for Under $15

Household checklist for March

Household Checklist for March

There’s plenty to do around the house in March to keep everything on track.  We’re here to help with our Printable Household Checklist for March and detailed information about the projects.  Let’s get started!

Things to Do In March

Maintenance

  • Print Spring Cleaning checklist
  • Schedule days and times to complete Spring cleaning
  • Drop off donations from Spring Cleaning (clothes, toys, kitchen items)
  • Decorate house for Spring / Easter
  • Drain pool cover (if excess water from winter)
Daylight Savings:
  • Buy batteries for all smoke detectors
  • Replace all batteries in smoke detectors and test alarms
  • At 2:00 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of March, set clocks forward 1 hour
Do-It-Yourself or Schedule:
  • Put down preen and round up as soon as feasible
  • Tune up for lawnmower
  • Tune up for central air
  • Furnace or boiler cleaning
  • Work on Federal and State Income Taxes

 Meals and Event Planning:

  • Shopping: Easter outfits for family
  • Plan Easter / Passover holiday gathering
  • Plan birthday parties in April

Details on March Projects

Here are some specific details on our March projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

Hosting Easter? A Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline and Checklist You Can’t Miss

Hosting Easter? A Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline and Checklist You Can’t Miss

Spring cleaning checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Time Management: Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

Regulator Clock 3

Daylight Savings Time: Change the batteries on your smoke detectors

White Basket with Blue and White Gingham Lining

It’s Time to Decorate for Easter

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

Running A Household

When to file your taxes

Birthday Party Checklist

Seven Steps to Planning a Birthday Party

Green Grass; Don't like weeds

 Don’t like weeds? Act now to prevent weeds from growing

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Printable Household Checklist for March

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for March:

Household checklist for March

Household Checklist for March

Be sure to schedule time to do these things, to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

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