Household Checklist for December

The majority of December is spent preparing for the holidays.  However, there are a few household items you’ll want to take care of this month.

Here are some of the items to tackle in December:

  • Check your supply of sand / ice melt; purchases if needed
  • Order final medical prescriptions before year-end
  • Make medical payments from HSA or FSA
  • Plan parties and events for January

Printable Household Checklist for December

Click below to use our printable Household Checklist for December:

Household Checklist for December

Household Checklist for December

Details on December Projects

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

Fall cleaning checklist bedroom

Fall Cleaning Checklists

Christmas dinner table

Planning Christmas Dinner

Christmas Checklist December

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Snow - Shed

Preparing for a Snowstorm

Snow on outdoor light

Things to Do After a Snowstorm

Daily Schedule by half hour

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Chart for monthly bills

Charts to Track Your Bills

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

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

Are you looking to cut the paper clutter, get organized and save money?

If you are looking for a way to reduce your paper clutter, get organized and save money, you’ll want to read on.  We recently came across a unique product that can help you do it all.

It was a board to write on, but without the paper.  This liquid crystal board was designed so that you can write on it and then erase it.  So you can reduce the clutter around your home and save paper.  What a great idea!

How to Cut the Paper Clutter, Get Organized and Save Money

A liquid crystal board can help you get the job done.  The one we tried is called a Boogie Board Blackboard and looks like this:

 

The one we purchased was 8 1/2 x 11 inches, which is the standard size of paper that fits in your printer or copy machine.  Ours came with  various backgrounds:

  • Lines
  • Dots
  • Blank
  • Schedule

Honestly, it was the schedule that caught our eye.  The thought of planning our week without using a piece of paper was very intriguing.  It worked out just as we thought.  We weren’t quite ready to erase our board, so we snapped a picture with our cell phone so we could save the schedule for the rest of the week.

The other backgrounds worked great for our purposes.  We used the blank paper to draft an article for our website and later made a quick to do list using the lined paper.

The 8.5 x 11 inch board really suited our needs.  However, it comes in smaller sizes as well as different colors.  Just know that not all boards come with the handy lined paper or schedule backgrounds.

This Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet comes in cyan blue and can fit nicely in a purse, school backpack or briefcase.

For more details, sizes and colors you can check out this link: Boogie Board Blackboard

Remove leaves from pool cover

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Is your pool cover full of leaves?  Are the leaves wet or dry?  Either way, we have some helpful tips and tools on how to remove leaves from your pool cover.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost, but Running A Household will receive a commission.

Dry Leaves

If your pool cover is full of dry leaves that just fell from the trees, try removing them with a leaf blower. The process is simple, but you’ll need to clean up the leaves once they are off your cover.  Otherwise, you’ll find them right back on the pool cover. You can use a blower like this one: Black & Decker High Performance Blower which is also helpful around the yard when you need to blow or mulch your leaves.

Wet Leaves

More than likely, you’re dealing wet leaves on your pool cover.  It’s difficult to keep all of the dry leaves off the cover, and before you know it the rains comes.

We use a leaf rake, which is a larger version of a pool net, similar to this one:

Pool Skimmer Leaf Net

Just attach the leaf rake to a standard pool pole, and start scooping out the wet leaves.  You can make a pile on the ground and let them dry out.  Another option is to put them in a large plastic trash barrel. Just make sure it’s an old one with a few holes at the bottom.  The holes will let the water drain out, and make the barrel lighter to carry.

Draining the Water from Pool Cover

Once the leaves are off of your cover, you’ll want to drain the water.  One of the easiest ways to drain water from your pool cover is with a small pump.  The one we use is called a Little Giant Submersible Pump and it was made especially for draining water from pool covers.

We love the Little Giant.  It seems to have enough horsepower to get the job done.
We’ve tried other pumps, but this one seems the quickest.

Just attach it to a hose, and plug it in.  Be sure that the hose is attached.  If not, the hose could pop off underwater and slow or stop the draining process.

If there’s just a little water, you can let it drain on the grass.  If there’s a lot of water, you may want the hose to drain in the driveway.

You can use a regular garden hose.  We prefer to use non-kink hoses like this one:
Neverkink Garden Hose

Remove Leaves from Pool Cover with a Leaf Net

Aside from cutting the leaf-producing trees down, there is a product designed especially for leaves on a pool cover.  It is a called a leaf cover, and it is a large net that sits right on top of your pool cover to catch all of the leaves.  Once the leaves are done falling, remove the net, along with all of the leaves.  We haven’t tried it, but it looks like a great idea, and it comes in most above-ground and in-ground pool sizes.  For more details:

Leaf Net for Pools

You may also enjoy the following articles on our website:

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Gutters

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

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

Pool Cleaning Checklist

Pool Chemical Checklist

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Household Checklist for November

Household Checklist for November

The holidays will be here soon, so there’s plenty to do around the house in November.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for November and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Pumpkin and gourds

Things to Do in November

Maintenance

  • Adjust clocks back one hour for Daylight Savings
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors
  • Finish Fall Cleaning Indoors (see below for separate checklists)
  • Prepare pantry for flu and cold season
  • Update emergency food supplies
  • Clean out cupboards and make food donation
  • Continue Christmas preparations (see separate checklist)

Outdoors

  • Rake leaves
  • Clean gutters one last time before winter
  • Put down winter fertilizer
  • Take leaves off pool cover (if applicable)
  • Drain water from pool cover (if applicable)

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Make Christmas lists and start shopping

Meal Planning

  • Plan and prepare Thanksgiving dinner
  • Plan upcoming birthdays, parties and events in December
  • Plan Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Details on November Projects

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

Thankgsiving Dinner

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

Fall cleaning checklist bedroom

Fall Cleaning Checklists

Little Giant Pool Cover Pump

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Gutters with Leaves

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Gutters

Leaves - oak

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

 Hats and scarves in binSimple ways to organize winter hats and mittens

Cold Virus Supplies - Sign

Are you ready for the cold virus season?

Stomach Bug Supplies

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Emergency food Supplies

What’s In Your Emergency Food Bin?

Decluttering Signs

How to Declutter Your Home – Once and For All

Christmas Checklist - November

Preparing for the holidays – November Checklist

Shopping List By Store

Christmas Shopping Lists

 

Printable Household Checklist for November

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

Household Checklist for November

Household Checklist for November

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

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above, along with our tab dedicated toward planning and organizing for Christmas.

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Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

Fall is officially here, and there’s plenty to do around the house in October.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for October and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Pumpkins

Household Items to Handle in October

Maintenance

  • Update Your Time Management Schedule
  • Work on Fall Cleaning Indoors (see separate checklists below)
  • Get ready for Halloween (see Halloween checklist below)

Outdoors

Take apart vegetable and flower gardens

Rake leaves

Plant Fall bulbs and perennials

Go pumpkin picking / buy mums

Wash and put away patio furniture

Clean gutters

Have chimney cleaned

Put fall fertilizer and lime on lawn

Pool: Remove leaves and drain water

Money

  • Finish shopping for school/winter clothes (coats, boots, snow pants)
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget

Meal Planning

  • Host October events
  • Plan upcoming birthdays, Thanksgiving and events in November
  • Get a head start on Christmas preparations (see Christmas Checklist below)

Details on October Projects

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

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Halloween Checklist

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Halloween bucket of candy treats

Don’t gyp the kids: How to give out Halloween candy when you’re not home

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Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Leaf Rake

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Gutters with Leaves

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Gutters

Leaves - oak

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

Bearded Iris

Things to plant this fall

Yellow zinneas

First Frost Warning: What it means for you and your outdoor plants

Fall cleaning checklist bedroom

Fall Cleaning Checklists

Pork Roast Dinner

What’s for Dinner? Fall Dinner Ideas

Fall - Mums in basketFall Decorating Ideas

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

White lounge chairs

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Hats and scarves in bin

Simple ways to organize winter hats and mittens

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Pink Tree

Enjoy the holiday season: October Checklist

 Thankgsiving Dinner

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Printable Household Checklist for October

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

 

Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

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

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

Want to keep your home running smoothly?

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