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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:

Three Lawn Care Tips to Follow

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

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

 

 

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

 

Household Checklist for June

Household Checklist for June

The month of June can be a busy time of year.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for June.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in June

Maintenance

  • Finish Spring cleaning (first day of summer: 6/21)
  • Prepare for summer storms; update emergency supplies

Outdoors

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Backwash pool filter

Power wash siding on house

Clean out gutters

Apply Step 2 Fertilizer for lawn

Apply Grub Preventer to lawn

Things to do

Locate and attend local farmer’s market

Go strawberry picking

Schedule swimming lessons and camps for children

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Finalize vacation plans

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend Father’s Day celebration
  • Plan July 4th cookout
  • Plan birthday parties in July

 

Details on June Projects

Here are some specific details on our June 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

Helicopters from Silver Maple

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

Grill

How to host a simple cookout

Strawberries

Are you ready to go strawberry picking?

Blank Calendar July 2015

It’s Time to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Yellow and orange tulips

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Summer Storm Approaching

Summer Storms – Checklist

Pool Cleaning Checklist - Running a Household

Pool Cleaning Checklist

Scotts Step 2

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

flower and vegetable seed and plant checklistGarden Shopping Checklist: Track your seed and plant purchases

Grilling Tools in Kitchen Drawer

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Seattle Market

Summer Meal Ideas

printable grocery list by department

Grocery List by Department – Make Grocery Shopping Easy and Efficient

Beach Bag

What’s in Your Beach Bag?

  

Printable Household Checklist for June

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

Household Checklist for June Household Checklist for June

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