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.

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Things to Do in November


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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

Stomach Bug Strikes Again: Is Your Pantry Stocked to Handle a Stomach Bug?

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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First Frost Warning: What it means for outdoor plants

Usually during the months of September and October, we will start to see warnings for the first frost of the season.  If you are a gardener you’ll want to keep an eye out for a first frost warning.  We’re here to help with some easy tips.

What does a frost warning mean?

Generally, a frost warning means that temperatures will dip down into the 30s, creating an icy frost on plants, grass and cars.

What happens during the first frost of the season?

  • Annuals will finish for the season.  Many plants will turn brown, including their leaves and flowers.
  • Vegetables in the garden will finish for the season.
  • Some hardy flowers, like mums, will survive the first frost.  They usually survive until a hard frost occurs, when temperatures dipping into the twenties.

One positive result of the first frost is that mosquitoes will not survive the cold temperatures.

What should you do to prepare for the first frost warning?

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  • Cut your final batch of flowers and put them in a vase indoors.
  • Harvest all of your vegetables.  This includes tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers.
  • Gather any seeds from flowers you want to plant next year
  • Cover any plants which you want to keep growing.

What can you do to extend your growing season?

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If there will be just one or two nights with low temperatures expected, you may want to consider extending your growing season.

  • Bring potted plants indoors.
  • Cover up flowers and vegetables to protect them from the frost.  In the past, we have used sheets, lightweight blankets and even a tarp.  Large pieces of plastic and brown paper bags  will also work, if there isn’t any wind.
  • This Garden Quilt Cover will certainly keep your plants protected from frost. It’s large size makes it easy to cover multiple plants.
  • Don’t have any covers?  Some gardeners have used water as an insulator.  How does it work?  You can sprinkle water on your garden later in the day.  As long as there isn’t too much sun or wind, the water will stay on the plant leaves and freeze overnight, acting as insulation.  It’s certainly worth a try if you don’t have any other options. Generally this method works when temperatures are right around the freezing mark of 32 degrees or slightly below.

Good luck preparing for the first frost.

You may also find these articles helpful:

Things to plant this fall

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

When Should You Plant Grass Seed?