Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

Summer is over, and there’s a lot to do during the month of September. We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for September and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Things to Do in September

Maintenance

• Start Fall Cleaning Indoors
• Plan ahead for fall leaves (mulchers, leaf bags, vacuums etc.)
• Set up back to school desk supplies / work station for children

Outdoors

  • Reseed lawn, if needed (or hire someone)
  • Maintain vegetable and flower garden / harvest and weed
  • Trim final bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule Pool Closing (or do it yourself)
  • Plant Fall bulbs and perennials
  • Go apple picking
  • Clean out shed
  • Clean out garage

Money

• Finish school shopping (clothes, outfit for picture day and supplies)
• Balance checkbook
• Budget

Meal Planning

• Plan birthdays, Columbus Day Weekend, Halloween and events for October
• Buy Halloween costumes; plan candy and snacks

Details on September Projects

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

 

Fall - Orange mums

Fall Cleaning Checklists

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Password Chart

Organize Your Passwords with a Password Chart

Hats in bin

Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps

how to organize child's desk

Organizing A Child’s Desk

School paper bin

Where to put papers from school

Green Grass

When Should You Plant Grass Seed?

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

Bearded Iris

Things to plant this fall

Yellow zinneas

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

Leaves - oak

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

Pork Roast Dinner

What’s for Dinner? Fall Dinner Ideas

Fall - Mums in basketFall Decorating Ideas

Daily Schedule

Time Management: Setting Up Your Fall Schedule

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Shoes 5

How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

 

Printable Household Checklist for September

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

Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

By scheduling time to handle these items in September, 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

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

If you handle the lawn maintenance for your home, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 4 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

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

Benefits of Step 4 Fertilizer

Step 4 offers fertilizer for your grass.  It thickens the grass, and will make your lawn greener in the Spring.  In addition, it will strengthen the grass roots before winter.

Scotts Lawn Pro Step 4 Lawn Fertlizer 32-0-12 5000 Sq. Ft. Granules

When to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

In New England, we typically apply Step 4 around Labor Day.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 4 in the Fall, August through November.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 3 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

You can apply Step 4 fertilizer to dry grass, or grass that is wet.

While it is not necessary to water in Step 4, we prefer to water it in.  It makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Planning to reseed your lawn?  No problem.  Step 4 does not contain any weed preventative.  So according to the manufacturer, you can seed your lawn before or after applying this product.

Resources

For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Step 4

Additional articles you may enjoy:

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Household Checklist for August

August is here, marking a slower time of year, when a lot of people take their final summer vacations. There are still a few things to take care of around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for August and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Maintenance

  • Organize three small areas in your home
  • Plan your fall calendar
  • Run dehumidifier in basement

Outdoors

Assess lawn; hire someone to reseed in September if needed

Backwash pool filter

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges

Money

  • Shop for Back-to-School clothes and office supplies
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Medical: Submit FSA/HSA reimbursements; confirm receipts for all expenses
  • Taxes: Complete draft forms for this year; confirm on track

Meal Planning

  • Plan birthdays, Labor Day Weekend, and events for September
  • Plan and take final summer vacations

Details on August Projects

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

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

School paper bin

How to store school work from year to year

Flag

Make Plans for Labor Day Cookout

 

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Summer Storm Approaching

Summer Storms – Checklist

Daily Schedule

Time Management: Setting Up Your Fall Schedule

Seattle Market

Summer Meal Ideas

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

Priorities - Summer.xlsx

Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

Shoes 5

How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

Green Grass

When Should You Plant Grass Seed?

  

Printable Household Checklist for August

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

Household Checklist for August

Daily and Weekly To-Do List Plus monthly list.xlsx

By scheduling time to handle these items in August, 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

 

 

Christmas in July: Tips on Getting a Head Start

Do you wish there was less hustle and bustle around the holidays?  What if you could have more time to relax and enjoy the Christmas season?  We’re here to help with a few “Christmas in July” ideas.   Consider doing just a few things in July to get a head start on Christmas and make your season more enjoyable.

Christmas in July Tip #1: Update Your Christmas Card List

Several family members and friends have moved in the last few months.  Take a few minutes to update their new addresses.

Have you made a few new friends this year?  Jot down their names and addresses.  When it’s time to send Christmas cards, you’ll be ready to go.  You will also have a good estimate for the number of cards you plan to send this year.

If you need a good system for tracking addresses, use our printable address tracker which keeps track of names, addresses, and cards received and sent.

Address TrackerAddress Tracker

Christmas in July Tip #2:  Organize Your Gift Wrapping Paper and Bows

July is a great time to organize wrapping paper and bows.  These are great projects to work on when it’s raining, or just too hot to go outside.  Take inventory of the supplies you have on hand.  Make a note of what you need for the upcoming season.

Be sure to group like items together.  If you have gift wrapping paper in the cellar, in a bedroom closet and maybe even some with your Christmas decorations, pull it all together, and find one location.

We actually have a gift wrapping drawer.  It is located in a hutch in our dining room.  We keep birthday and Christmas wrapping paper here, along with all of the necessary supplies:

Tape
Curling Ribbon
Gift Tags
Scissors
Colored Pens and Markers
Gift bags
Gift tissue for bags

This system has worked really well for us.  When it’s time to wrap a quick gift, we grab our supplies from the drawer and use the dining room table to wrap the gifts.  Easy, right?

 

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

Christmas in July Tip #3:  Make Your Own Gift Tags

Use scrapbook paper like this one from American Crafts to make gift tags for your presents.

Step 1:  Simply cut a circle, or use a scrapbook tool to punch out the circles, like the Fiskars Circle Lever Punch. We love this one because it allows you to make consistent circles and it’s easy to use.  Just insert the paper and press down to make a perfect circle.

Step 2:  Use a Hole Punch Tool to make a smaller hole.

Step 3:  Attach a short piece of Curling Ribbon which can be attached to a present or gift bag.

Then when it’s time to wrap gifts, just grab a Sharpie Markerand add the “To and From” details.

Christmas in July Tip #4:  Make a 2018 Calendar

A calendar filled with personal pictures is a great Christmas gift for grandparents and relatives.  Since it requires gathering pictures for each month, start this project in the summer.

  1. Create a computer folder for all of the 2018 calendar pictures.
  2. Select a store online to create your calendar.  We love Walgreens because their calendars are reasonably priced, good quality, and we can pick them up at our local store.
  3. Upload your photos to the store website.
  4. Start creating the calendar.

Over the summer, we will pull together the 2018 calendar for January – August.  We also use pictures from last Christmas to get the December page set.  Then, we just need to do September, October and November.  We keep our eyes peeled for the 50-60% off sale day, and order in November.  By following these steps, we save a lot of time and money, and can enjoy the holiday season instead of pulling pictures together on December 15th.

Christmas in July Tip #5:  Listen Carefully and Start Your List

Keep your ears peeled for hints dropped by family members and friends.  Maybe they will point out an item they like.  Or, sometimes people will tell you that they wish they had a certain item.  Take note, and start a holiday shopping list.  This way, you’ll have a few ideas once the holiday season arrives.

Christmas in July Tip #6:  Buy a Few Gifts While on Vacation

The holidays will be here before you know it.  To make this holiday season a little less stressful, consider buying a gift or two while you are on vacation.

Gift Ideas

Whether it’s a gardening basket from your local farmer’s market, or a piece of jewelry from a place by the shore, these unique gifts will be sure to please your friends and relatives.  Other ideas include:

Art work
Glasses
Handmade soaps
Picture frames
Pottery
Specialty coasters

If you have someone who has everything, or who is difficult to shop for, try shopping for them in the summer.  You’ll be more relaxed and have a different selection to choose from.  Plus, you will avoid last-minute shopping in December.

 

Christmas in July Tip #7:  Shop for Gifts On-line During July Sales

We saved the best for last.  So much of our time around the holidays is spent shopping.  For years, I never started Christmas shopping until the day after Thanksgiving because of the great deals.

Now, retailers offer great prices in July. Be sure to check out this one on July 11, 2017:

Prime Day 2017 – 30 Hours of Deals

If there’s an expensive gift you know you want to buy for someone, check out the price during this sale.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find a great deal in the middle of July!

Happy Shopping! 🙂

 

Here are a few articles on our website you may enjoy:

Simple ways to organize gift wrap paper and bows

Christmas Shopping Lists

 

Household Checklist for July

Household Checklist – July

Can you believe ½ of the year has passed already?  It is now July, and there’s plenty to do.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for July and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

There’s plenty to do in July:

Maintenance

  • Run dehumidifier in basement
  • Transplant houseplants to larger containers
  • Get started on holiday planning (Christmas in July)
  • Update your address book or contacts in cell phone
  • Organize three small areas in your home

Outdoors

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Backwash pool filter

Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges

Pick raspberries and blueberries

Apply Step 3 fertilizer to lawn

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Start your back-to-school shopping

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend 4th of July celebration
  • Plan something special for World Friendship Day: July 30
  • Plan birthday parties, cookouts and family reunions in August

Details on July Projects

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

Grill

How to host a simple cookout

Blueberries

Blueberry Picking Tips

Scotts Step 3

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Summer Storm Approaching

Summer Storms – Checklist

two yellow durango merigolds

World Friendship Day: July 30

Seattle Market

Summer Meal Ideas

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

Pet Sitters ChecklistPet Sitter’s Checklist

Beach Bag

What’s in Your Beach Bag?

Address Tracker

Toolbox: Printable Address List Tracker

Pink Tree

Christmas in July: Tips on Getting a Head Start

  

Printable Household Checklist for July

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

Household Checklist for July

Household Checklist for July

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

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Just click on our Toolbox tab above.  Looking for some quick organizational projects?  Check out the Organization section in our Toolbox.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here