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.
Household Items to Handle in October
Update Your Time Management Schedule
Work on Fall Cleaning Indoors (see separate checklists below)
Get ready for Halloween (see Halloween checklist below)
Take apart vegetable and flower gardens
Plant Fall bulbs and perennials
Go pumpkin picking / buy mums
Wash and put away patio furniture
Have chimney cleaned
Put fall fertilizer and lime on lawn
Pool: Remove leaves and drain water
Finish shopping for school/winter clothes (coats, boots, snow pants)
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.
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
• 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
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
• Finish school shopping (clothes, outfit for picture day and supplies)
• Balance checkbook
• 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Organize three small areas in your home
Plan your fall calendar
Run dehumidifier in basement
Assess lawn; hire someone to reseed in September if needed
Backwash pool filter
Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding
Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges
Shop for Back-to-School clothes and office supplies
Medical: Submit FSA/HSA reimbursements; confirm receipts for all expenses
Taxes: Complete draft forms for this year; confirm on track
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.
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.
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:
Colored Pens and Markers
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?
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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 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.
Create a computer folder for all of the 2018 calendar pictures.
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.
Upload your photos to the store website.
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.
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:
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: