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Plan Summer Calendar

It’s Time to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Planning your summer calendar can seem like a big challenge, especially if you have several people in your family.  In a day and age when there are so many software programs and apps to stay organized, planning your entire summer electronically may pose a challenge.  When it comes to planning the months of June, July and August, it’s back to basics here at Running A Household.  Check out our simple, yet practical method to organize and plan your summer calendar.

Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

First, gather your thoughts on what you want to do this summer.  We’ve made this easy for you, with our printable Summer Priorities Chart.  Break down your ideas into four categories:

  • Activities to Do (Baseball games, Sports Camp)
  • Vacations to Take
  • Friends to See (Pick 3-4 and schedule dinner or an activity)
  • Things to Do (Plant a blueberry bush, organize garage, stain the deck)

Click on the chart below to print your copy:

Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

For further details on using our Summer Priorities Chart, be sure to read our article: Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

Starting to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Next, it’s time to organize and schedule your summer calendar.  Start by printing a blank calendar for the months of June, July and August.  Just click on the calendar below to print.

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

Once your blank calendars are printed, it’s time to start scheduling your summer days.  You’ll want to grab a pencil to enter the following information:

1.  Mark down your vacation days.

2.  Block off any commitments already made. This may include:

    • Weddings
    • Sports camps
    • Long weekends
    • Birthdays

3.  Use your Summer Priorities Chart to fill in the rest.

When your summer calendar is complete, you can post it in a central location for the family to use.  Or, if you prefer to have your calendar electronically, just enter the information into your regular electronic calendar system.

Happy planning!

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Setting Goals You Can Easily Accomplish

Are there a few things you would like to accomplish?  Consider setting some specific goals to ensure your success.  We even have a printable Goals Chart for you to use.


Start by jotting down a few ideas.  Maybe you’d like to lose weight.  Perhaps you need to clean out your cellar or garage.  Or maybe you would like to get your paper clutter under control.  Regardless of the project, there are always things to do.  Start with the items that will have the biggest impact to your life.

Setting Goals

This part is simple, yet often overlooked.   You will need to take one of your ideas, and write it down as a goal.  Your goal should be specific and measurable, and contain a date.  Ask yourself questions like “What do I want to accomplish?” and “When would I like to complete this project?” Here are a few examples:

  • Idea: Lose weight
  • Goal: Lose 20 pounds by June 30
  • Idea: Clean out basement (or garage)
  • Goal: Organize storage room in basement by May 31

Setting Objectives

This is the road map which will define how to meet your goals.  This part is easy.  Just think about all of the pieces that need to be completed.  Let’s continue with our examples from above:

  • Idea: Lose weight
  • Goal: Lose 20 pounds by June 30
  • Objective 1: Follow a healthy eating plan each day
  • Objective 2: Track food daily
  • Objective 3: Walk 6-7 times per week for 30-45 minutes


  • Idea: Clean out basement
  • Goal: Organize storage room in basement by May 31
  • Objective 1: Sort and toss boxes of paper by January 31
  • Objective 2: Donate or sell baby toys by February 28
  • Objective 3: Move books upstairs; donate remainder by March 31
  • Objective 4: Toss old paint according to town rules; keep some for touch ups by April 30
  • Objective 5: Buy shelves to store toys by May 31
  • Objective 6: Select and move toys from upstairs to basement by May 31

As you can see, by setting specific goals you can hone in on what you want to accomplish.  By adding a few objectives with deadlines, you can break each goal down and work on it in pieces.  This will make you more successful in accomplishing what you set out to do.

Printable Chart

It is important to set goals and objectives, but it’s even more important to write them down.  Below you will find our printable Goals Chart which you can use to document your goals and objectives.



Once your objectives are written down, be sure to include them in your monthly household checklists.

Happy planning. 🙂

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Stamp Out Hunger: Second Saturday in May

As part of your spring cleaning, you should clean out your kitchen cabinets and pantry.  Try to do this before the second Saturday in May, so that your donations are ready for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Tips on Cleaning Out Your Cabinets/Pantry:

  • Take one shelf at a time.
  • Toss any items that have expired.
  • Donate non-perishable items you may not use or just over-purchased
  • Incorporate remaining food on your Meal Planner to ensure it is used.

Stamp Out Hunger – How does it work?

On the second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds a national food drive called “Stamp Out Hunger.”

Interested in donating?  Just leave your non-perishable items in a bag at your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to a food bank, soup kitchen or shelter.  Isn’t this great?  It’s a way to donate to those in need, and have your donations picked up at your mailbox.

Examples of non-perishable items include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned soup
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Canned vegetables, fruits and juices
  • Boxed goods (such as cereal)
  • Pasta and rice

 For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit Stamp Out Hunger

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Time Management: Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

Spring means warmer weather is on the way, along with more hours of daylight.  So with these changes, our schedules change too.  Check out our printable time management charts to create your spring schedule.

Create Your Spring Schedule

In order to keep your household running smoothly, consider creating a schedule.  This will help to keep everything on track.   Already have a schedule?  Be sure to assess it from time to time to determine what’s working, and what can be improved.

We offer simple charts where you can plan what you are doing each day from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.  The time slots are in half hour blocks, but you can combine the blocks to accommodate longer time slots.  There are three printables to select from:

Schedule – Daily (One page per day; 6 am – 11 pm)

Schedule – Weekday (Monday – Friday; 6 am – 11 pm)

Schedule – Weekend (Saturday and Sunday; 6 am – 11 pm)

Tips on Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

When filling out the schedule, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is a typical day for me?
  • Do I tend to do things at a certain time each day?
  • When am I most productive?

Next, block off time for: daily chores, weekly chores, and monthly chores.

Don’t forget to schedule special projects like: spring cleaning, mowing the lawn, going to little league practices and games, washing the car and gardening.

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Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

By using the Time Management Schedule, you’ll be sure to get all of the things done in your household.

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Christmas Checklist December

Preparing for the Holidays – December Checklist

The holiday season is here, and there’s plenty left to do.  Check out our Christmas Checklist for December.   You can use this as a final list to wrap up all of your holiday tasks.  A printable version of our Christmas Checklist for December is at the end of this article.

Things to Do in December

  • Continue weekly cleaning schedule
  • Decorate tree
  • Mail holiday cards
  • Set up final indoor decorations (mantel, ceramic tree, villages, nutcrackers)
  • Hang outdoor wreaths on windows
  • Track orders placed on-line
  • Wrap gifts
  • Confirm holiday outfits for family members

Things to Buy

  • Complete Christmas shopping (make separate list)
  • Groceries for holiday meals

Holiday Calendar

  • Bake cupcakes, pies, cookies and goodies
  • Prepare for holiday party
  • Prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Printable Christmas Checklist for December

Here is the printable version of our Christmas Checklist for December.  Just click on the link below to print.

Christmas Checklist December

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