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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


  • 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


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:

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Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts

Forgot to buy a Christmas gift? Adding someone to your Christmas list? No worries! We’re here to help you wrap up your shopping with these quick and easy Christmas gifts.

Solar wind chimes

We noticed these beautiful lights at our neighbor’s house and had to get a closer look.  These cute butterflies light up at night. It is solar powered and they slowly change colors! So pretty!  We could watch them all night.  

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Solar Wind Chime Butterfly

The best part is they come in multiple shapes. We bought the solar hummingbird wind chime for my mother in law:

Solar Hummingbird Wind Chime

The solar sunflower wind chime is perfect for any garden:

Solar Sunflower Wind Chimes

Add any of the solar wind chimes to your garden, landscaping, or even a large pot on your deck or patio. 🦋  Simply use a black garden hook or small post like this one:  

Shepherd Hook

Such a simple gift that is a pleasure to look at everyday!


Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year.  We could all use a little chocolate. Here are our top three choices for chocolate gifts:

  1. Ghiradeli squares
  2. Lindt balls
  3. Whitman’s sampler – dark chocolate

Short on time? You can always pick this up at your local grocery store.

Need make it a little special? Include a note card:

“There isn’t enough chocolate in the world to thank you for everything you do.”

DIY Food / Snack basket

We’re hearing people are skeptical about eating homemade baked goods this year. Need a substitute for your homemade cookie gift?  Consider something store bought and prepackaged:

  • Holiday cookies
  • Banana bread
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cupcakes

You can also pull together your own quick basket. 

DIY Basket – Movie Time:

  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Christmas dvd

DIY Basket – Cultural Food:

Our grocery store has an international isle. We pulled together a few Polish items:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Red cabbage
  • Polish pickles
  • Spicy mustard
  • Local kielbasa

Quite an unexpected treat!

Here are the baskets for DIY food basket gifts. There are various color and size options:

Woven Storage Basket, Medium (Grey)

Farmhouse Storage Basket

Afterwards, the baskets can easily be repurposed to keep items organized in a pantry.

This holiday season is certainly unique and one that we will always remember. Best wishes as you wrap up your holiday.

Merry Christmas!