Monthly Archives: June 2014

Weekly checklist for household chores

Keeping Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

Did you just clean your house for a recent event? Doesn’t it feel great to have a clean home? So let’s talk about how to keep it clean and free of clutter year-round.

Take a few pictures

If you’ve recently cleaned your home for an event or party, snap a few pictures of each room. Take a look at the pictures a week after the party, and identify the problem areas.

For example, our dining room table was set up with a tablecloth, 6 placemats, and centerpiece with flowers. Within a few days, someone opened a gift, and left the gift bag and a few of the gifts on the table. Just 48 hours later, the gifts and bag were still there.

Tip: Consider straightening up each room at the end of each day, to keep the clutter under control.

Enlist help

One of the best skills you can teach your children is to clean up after themselves. Have them:

  • Pick up their toys when done playing
  • Start cleaning up 10 minutes before dinner
  • Straighten their rooms or play areas one last time before bed
  • Help out with chores such as trash/recycling, vacuuming, sweeping

Living Clutter-Free

Keeping your house clean is much easier when you don’t have a lot of clutter. For example:

  • It’s easier to clean the kitchen counters when there isn’t a stack of mail on it.
  • You’re also more likely to vacuum if all of the toys are picked up and put away.
  • It’s a lot easier to do laundry when all of it is in a hamper, and not left on the floor.

Do not procrastinate

If you have a few minutes, take the time to tidy up. It only takes a few minutes to load or unload the dishwasher. Next time you’re thinking about putting off this chore, trying doing it and timing yourself. You’ll be amazed at how little time it actually takes.

Keeping it Clean Going Forward with Printable Lists

We can’t say enough about having regular maintenance schedules. There are things that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, and semi-annually, and annually. Be sure to check out our Toolbox, so you can print our checklists and keep your house running smoothly. Here are a few additional things to think about:

  • How much time to you have each day, or each week?
  • How many people live in your home? If you have young children, you’ll need to spend more time straightening.
  • How many pets do you have? If you have a large yellow lab whose nose brushes up against the sliding door everyday, you’ll want to clean your windows more often than a person without pets.
  • Spend some time personalizing the lists so that they fit your schedule.

Printable Checklists and Schedules for Your Home

Just click on the links to get the printable checklists and details for maintaining your home:

Weekly checklist for household chores

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

Monthly Household Chores Checklist

Bi-weekly and Monthly Chores Checklist

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Toolbox

Could you use a few more ideas?

Happy cleaning!

 

Grill

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Do you need to buy a gift for Father’s Day?  Whether it’s for your dad, grandfather, or husband, we have you covered.  So set a budget, and check out our ideas for a perfect gift.

How to Select a Father’s Day Gift

Set a budget.  At least have a price range in mind.  Do you want to spend:

under $10
$10-$25
$25-$50
$50-$100
Over $100

Think about what dad likes to do:

What are his hobbies?
Does he have any favorite snacks?
Where does he like to shop or dine out?
Is there something that could make dad’s life easier?

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad and Grandpa

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.

Electronics

  • Cell phone
  • Ipad
  • Ipod
  • Cell phone charger for car
  • Waterproof cell phone case

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Samsung Chromebook Laptop

Gift Card

  • Restaurant
  • Clothing store
  • Auto parts store
  • ITunes
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Coffee Shop
  • Car wash

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box

Grilling

  • Tools
  • Weber wood grill

Mini-Fridge for beer – Mom’s like this too, since there’s no beer in the main fridge. 🙂

Pictures

  • Family portrait for your dad
  • Take a few candid pictures of your kids.  Put them in a frame for your husband.

Tickets to game or sporting event

Tools to make his job fun or easier

  • Automatic tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Ratchet Screwdriver
  • Compressor
  • Power washer
  • Automatic pool vacuum – Mom secretly wants this too. 🙂

T-shirt (Angry birds, favorite Nascar driver, brew pub, baseball team)

Yard Tools

Hobby Items: What does your dad, grandfather, or husband like to do in her spare time?

Camping

  • Tent
  • Portable gas grill
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlights
  • Camping chair
  • Cooler
  • Binoculars

Cars

  • Tire gauge to check air pressure
  • Battery checker
  • Note pad for dashboard
  • Radar detector
  • Automatic remote starter

Fishing

  • Fishing pole
  • Supplies: bait, tackle, hooks
  • Tackle box

Genealogy / Family History

  • Subscription to Ancestry.com
  • Subscription to Newsbank.com
  • Book to write down family history
  • Subscription to Family Tree Magazine

Outdoors: Deck / Patio / Yard

  • Adirondack chairs
  • Rocking chair
  • Hammock

Photography

  • Photoshop
  • Software program to organize pictures
  • Camera
  • Zoom lens for camera
  • Camera Bag
  • Camcorder
  • Storage – CDs, jump drives, memory sticks; and case for cds or memory sticks

Reading

  • Gift card to Barnes and Noble
  • Newest book written by his favorite author
  • Magazine subscription

Running, boating, swimming, camping, tennis, golf

  • New gear or equipment: tennis racquet, clubs, balls
  • Kayak
  • Clothing / sneakers

Non-Commercialized Ideas:

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Hand-made card
  • Drawing from children
  • Homemade cookies or cake
  • Coupons for kids to help with the following: wash car, take out trash, mow lawn

Do you have an idea that isn’t listed here?  Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Have a Happy Father’s Day.