Monthly Archives: February 2016

Running A Household Celebrates Third Anniversary

We are thrilled to announce that February 22nd marks the third anniversary of our website!  We are thankful to you, our readers.  Whether you follow us on Facebook, joined our e-mail subscription list, or just stop in from time to time to read our articles, we are so happy to have you.

Running A Household is a place where you can get ideas and tools for running a successful home.  We are located in New England, and spend our time in Western Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. Running a Household offers articles in several areas:

  • Maintenance
  • Meals
  • Money
  • Organization
  • Small Spaces
  • Time Management
  • Wedding
  • What’s Blooming – a monthly calendar to show you what’s growing each month

A Year in Review: Reader’s Picks

Special thanks to our readers for sharing articles, liking them on Facebook, or pinning them on Pinterest.  Be sure to check out these articles that were shared on social media:

Schedule - Daily 2

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Gift and Thank You Note Tracker

Gift and Thank You Note Tracker

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

Hats in bin

Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps

Running A Household: Best of the Best

Just in case you missed a post, here are some of our most popular articles.  Be sure to check out your favorite category.



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

Leaf Rake

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Pool Cleaning Checklist - Running a HouseholdPool Cleaning Checklist


 Household Chores Weekly Checklist

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

Monthly Household Chores Checklist

Bi-weekly and Monthly Chores Checklist

Weekly checklist for household chores

Keeping Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

Need more help around the house?  Check out: Toolbox: Maintenance Schedules


printable grocery list by department

Grocery Shopping List by Department

Easter bunny small

Hosting Easter? A Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline and Checklist You Can’t Miss

Dry Erase - Weekly Meals

The Importance of Weekly Meal Planning

Could you use some tips with meal planning for holidays and special occasions, like birthdays?  Check out: Toolbox: Meal Planning Forms


Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

Monthly Expense Tracker

Monthly Expense Tracker: It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend


Password Chart

Organize Your Passwords with a Password Chart

Hats and scarves in bin Simple ways to organize winter hats and mittens

Shoes 5 How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

Small Spaces

Lake house stairs

Small spaces: Narrow Staircase Challenge for Mattress

Curtains under sink

Alternative Uses for Curtains

Portable Air Conditioner

Consider Portable Air Conditioner for Small Spaces

Time Management

Daily Schedule by half hour

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Monthly Calendar - Blank

Time Management: Blank Calendar

Priorities List

Time Management: Setting Priorities

Things To Do

Toolbox: Printable To-Do List

We are looking forward to our fourth year, and hope you will continue to join us.

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Next time you need some household help, swing back to the Toolbox on our website.

Why won’t your garage door close?

Do you have a garage door opener? Most of the newer ones are equipped with a safety feature, so that if something or someone goes under the door while it is closing, the door will reverse its direction and go back up.

For example: You just came home with the kids, and push the button to close the garage door. One of your kids decides to go outside instead of coming indoors, and walks under the garage door which is closing.  The garage door sensors detect this, and the door will stop closing, and reverse its direction to go back up.  This is a great safety feature. 

However, what if your garage door goes back up, and there aren’t any kids or pets in sight? You’d be surprised at what can trigger the sensor.

First, check to see if anything is blocking the door from closing. Sometimes, a child’s ball could have rolled into the path.

Next, check the sensors. There should be one on each side of the door.  Clear the sensor glass to confirm all debris has been removed.  We’ve done this quickly with our finger.  Other times, we’ve taken a dry paper towel to clear the area.  Anything can set off the sensor: spider webs, a leaf, or even drifting snow.

If these options don’t correct the problem, it’s time to do additional detective work. Something is clearly causing the door to reopen.  You’ll need to look around very carefully, and watch the door in action.  How far down will the door go before it reopens?  Is it getting stuck in the same spot?

One time, we had a leaf stuck to the bottom of our garage door. Every time the door was almost closed, the leaf that was sticking out would trip the sensor and cause the door to go back up. 

Just be careful when the door stops in mid-air. You don’t want to be under it, just in case it decides to close.

Good luck with your garage door. Let us know if this information helped you with your garage door issue by leaving a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.