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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:

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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.

Remove leaves from pool cover

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Is your pool cover full of leaves?  Are the leaves wet or dry?  Either way, we have some helpful tips and tools on how to remove leaves from your pool cover.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost, but Running A Household will receive a commission.

Dry Leaves

If your pool cover is full of dry leaves that just fell from the trees, try removing them with a leaf blower. The process is simple, but you’ll need to clean up the leaves once they are off your cover.  Otherwise, you’ll find them right back on the pool cover. You can use a blower like this one: Black & Decker High Performance Blower which is also helpful around the yard when you need to blow or mulch your leaves.

Wet Leaves

More than likely, you’re dealing wet leaves on your pool cover.  It’s difficult to keep all of the dry leaves off the cover, and before you know it the rains comes.

We use a leaf rake, which is a larger version of a pool net, similar to this one:

Pool Skimmer Leaf Net

Just attach the leaf rake to a standard pool pole, and start scooping out the wet leaves.  You can make a pile on the ground and let them dry out.  Another option is to put them in a large plastic trash barrel. Just make sure it’s an old one with a few holes at the bottom.  The holes will let the water drain out, and make the barrel lighter to carry.

Draining the Water from Pool Cover

Once the leaves are off of your cover, you’ll want to drain the water.  One of the easiest ways to drain water from your pool cover is with a small pump.  The one we use is called a Little Giant Submersible Pump and it was made especially for draining water from pool covers.

We love the Little Giant.  It seems to have enough horsepower to get the job done.
We’ve tried other pumps, but this one seems the quickest.

Just attach it to a hose, and plug it in.  Be sure that the hose is attached.  If not, the hose could pop off underwater and slow or stop the draining process.

If there’s just a little water, you can let it drain on the grass.  If there’s a lot of water, you may want the hose to drain in the driveway.

You can use a regular garden hose.  We prefer to use non-kink hoses like this one:
Neverkink Garden Hose

Remove Leaves from Pool Cover with a Leaf Net

Aside from cutting the leaf-producing trees down, there is a product designed especially for leaves on a pool cover.  It is a called a leaf cover, and it is a large net that sits right on top of your pool cover to catch all of the leaves.  Once the leaves are done falling, remove the net, along with all of the leaves.  We haven’t tried it, but it looks like a great idea, and it comes in most above-ground and in-ground pool sizes.  For more details:

Leaf Net for Pools

You may also enjoy the following articles on our website:

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Gutters

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

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

Pool Cleaning Checklist

Pool Chemical Checklist

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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.

Pumpkin and gourds

Things to Do in November

Maintenance

  • 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)

Outdoors

  • 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)

Money

  • 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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