Running A Household Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Can you believe that February 22nd marked the five-year anniversary of our website?  We are especially thankful to you, our readers.  Whether you follow us on Facebook, joined our e-mail subscription list, or just stop in from time to time to read our articles, we are so happy to have you.

Running A Household: How can we assist you?

Running A Household is a place where you can get ideas and tools for running a successful home.  Our site offers articles and printable checklists to help you with things around your home.

Need some help today? Just click on the area that interests you most:

Our New Etsy Shop

Be sure to check our new Etsy Shop where we sell Editable Printables.  Our PDFs are designed to be used on your computer, tablet or cell phone, and you always have the option to print the worksheets.  The best part is you can reuse the forms and checklists over and over again.

Etsy Shop

 

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We are looking forward to our sixth year, and hope you will continue to join us!

Household Checklist for February

Household Checklist for February

February is a great time to get things done around the house.  We’re here to help with our Printable Household Checklist for February and detailed information about the projects.  Let’s get started!

Things to Do in February

Maintenance Inside

  • Clean out kitchen cabinets
  • Clean out bathroom closet, cabinets and drawers
  • Restock flu and cold supplies

Note: We prefer to clean out our kitchen and bathroom in February.  It makes it much easier for next month, when we start our spring cleaning.

Maintenance Outdoors

  • Purchase additional ice melt and sand for driveway
  • Purchase additional gasoline for snow blower
  • Rake roof after snowfalls

Money

  • Prepare Federal and state income taxes
  • Shop for Valentine’s Day (cards, gifts, candy)
  • Compile January Expenses

Meal Planning

  • Plan birthdays, parties, and events for March
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day (distribute cards, gifts, candy; enjoy dinner)
  • Start planning for Easter

 

Details on February Projects

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

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover
Chocolate covered strawberries

Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Snow on outdoor light

Things to Do After a Snowstorm

Tax Folders

Organizing Your Tax Documents

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

Spring Cleaning bathroom Simple Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Bathroom

Fiesta dishes

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Cabinets and Pantry

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?

Monthly Expense Tracker

Monthly Expense Tracker: It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend

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

Printable Household Checklist for February

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

Household Checklist for February

By scheduling time to handle these items in February, 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

 

Snow on outdoor light

Household Checklist for January

The holidays are behind us, and it’s time to get organized.  The month of January is a great time to put away all of the Christmas decorations, as well as organize your paperwork.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for January and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Things to Do in January

Maintenance Inside

  • Put away Christmas decorations (see separate list)
  • Assess cleaning schedule; revise as needed
  • Make updates: medical wallet card and phone numbers
  • Restock cold and flu supplies
  • Straighten hat and mitten bin or drawer
  • Organize papers (mail bin, receipts, filing system, menus, gift cards)

Maintenance Outdoors

  • Purchase additional ice melt and sand for driveway
  • Purchase additional gasoline for snow blower
  • Rake roof after snowfalls

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Collect documents to prepare Federal and state taxes
  • Gather charitable donation receipts and value items
  • Sign up for electronic billing and statements

Meal Planning

  • Plan birthdays, parties, and events for February
  • Prepare for Valentine’s Day (cards, gifts, candy)

Need more details on some of these projects?  Check out the following articles:

Details on January Projects

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

Christmas Checklists - January

Wrapping Up Christmas: January Checklist

Puddle

Things to Do During the January Thaw

Weekly checklist for household chores

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

Printable Phone Number List

Household Updates to Make in January

Cold Virus Supplies Checklist

Are you ready for the cold virus season?

Hats and scarves in bin

Simple ways to organize winter hats and mittens

Organize Small Desk

 Small spaces: desk ideas

(includes how to organize gift cards, mailing supplies, receipts, coupons and  menus)

Snow on outdoor light

Things to Do After a Snowstorm

Tax Folders

Organizing Your Tax Documents

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

Running A Household

Do You Still Receive Bills and Statements in the Mail? How to Go Paperless

five steps to planning a super bowl party

Five Steps to Planning a Football Party

Chocolate covered strawberries

Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

 

Printable Household Checklist for January

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

Household Checklist for January

Household Checklist for January

By scheduling time to handle these items in January, 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 sign up with your email address so you can receive more helpful hints about  Running A Household.

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

Preparing for the Holidays – December Checklist

Snow - Shed

Preparing for a Snowstorm

Snow on outdoor light

Things to Do After a Snowstorm

Daily Schedule by half hour

Time Management: Setting Up Your Winter Schedule

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