Monthly Archives: April 2016

Stamp Out Hunger: Second Saturday in May

As part of your spring cleaning, you should clean out your kitchen cabinets and pantry.  Try to do this before the second Saturday in May, so that your donations are ready for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Tips on Cleaning Out Your Cabinets/Pantry:

  • Take one shelf at a time.
  • Toss any items that have expired.
  • Donate non-perishable items you may not use or just over-purchased
  • Incorporate remaining food on your Meal Planner to ensure it is used.

Stamp Out Hunger – How does it work?

On the second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds a national food drive called “Stamp Out Hunger.”

Interested in donating?  Just leave your non-perishable items in a bag at your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to a food bank, soup kitchen or shelter.  Isn’t this great?  It’s a way to donate to those in need, and have your donations picked up at your mailbox.

Examples of non-perishable items include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned soup
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Canned vegetables, fruits and juices
  • Boxed goods (such as cereal)
  • Pasta and rice

 For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit Stamp Out Hunger

 Need more tips on meal preparation?  Check out our articles on:

printable grocery list by department

Grocery List by Department – Make Grocery shopping Easy and Efficient

Emergency food Supplies

Setting Up A Pantry

Dry Erase - Weekly Meals  What’s For Dinner Tonight? The Importance of Weekly Meal Planning

Time Management: Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

Spring means warmer weather is on the way, along with more hours of daylight.  So with these changes, our schedules change too.  Check out our printable time management charts to create your spring schedule.

Create Your Spring Schedule

In order to keep your household running smoothly, consider creating a schedule.  This will help to keep everything on track.   Already have a schedule?  Be sure to assess it from time to time to determine what’s working, and what can be improved.

We offer simple charts where you can plan what you are doing each day from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.  The time slots are in half hour blocks, but you can combine the blocks to accommodate longer time slots.  There are three printables to select from:

Schedule – Daily (One page per day; 6 am – 11 pm)

Schedule – Weekday (Monday – Friday; 6 am – 11 pm)

Schedule – Weekend (Saturday and Sunday; 6 am – 11 pm)

Tips on Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

When filling out the schedule, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is a typical day for me?
  • Do I tend to do things at a certain time each day?
  • When am I most productive?

Next, block off time for: daily chores, weekly chores, and monthly chores.

Don’t forget to schedule special projects like: spring cleaning, mowing the lawn, going to little league practices and games, washing the car and gardening.

Need Help Setting Up Your Cleaning Routine?  Be sure to check out:

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

By using the Time Management Schedule, you’ll be sure to get all of the things done in your household.

You may enjoy the following articles:

Priorities List.xlsx

Time Management: Setting Priorities

Morning Schedule

Time Management: Improve Your Morning Routine

Moon

Time Management: Improve Your Evening Routine

You can also find more checklists under our Maintenance Schedules section, where you will find things like:

  • Household Checklists of the Month
  • Blank To-Do Lists
  • Spring and Cleaning Checklists
  • Planning for Storms
Weekly checklist for household chores

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

There are so many things to do when running a household.  In order to keep track of everything, there are several checklists to use, and we’re here to help.

Household Chores – Daily and Weekly Checklist

One of the most important lists to establish is your Household Chores Weekly Checklist.  We have a few examples, or you can feel free to create your own.

The first example is our favorite.  This pre-filled Household Chores Weekly Checklist lists all of the daily and weekly chores on one horizontal page.  We also left some space for you to add your own chores.   Just print, and start using.

Weekly checklist for household chores

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist (Pre-Filled)

There’s also a blank version of the Household Chores Weekly Checklist.  Feel free to print it and personalize it for yourself.

Household Chores Weekly Checklist Blank

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist (Blank)

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist by Day

Another option for tracking your weekly household chores is by day.  This Weekly Checklist breaks down your household chores for each day of the week.  There’s a column to list your everyday chores, and a separate column to write down the chores you do each week.  Below is a sample checklist for you to print:

Household Chores Weekly Checklist

Household Chores – Weekly Checklist

We have also included a completely blank Weekly Checklist by Day.  You can print and fill in your daily and weekly chores.

Household Chores - Weekly Checklist by Day BlankHousehold Chores – Weekly Checklist by Day (Blank)

Here is an overview of how to set up your Household Chores – Weekly Checklist:

Column 1:     Day and Date

Column 2:     Things to do on a daily basis

Column 3:     Things to do on a weekly basis

Daily chores:  There are various tasks we do on a daily basis.  Some things are automatic, and always get done.  (i.e. Make breakfast, feed the dogs, take a shower) These things are pretty basic, right?  So they don’t make it on the list.

The key is to select the items that need to get done, but might slip through the cracks if they aren’t on the list.  For my daily list, I selected items that were easy to procrastinate:

  1. Fill dishwasher; Empty Dishwasher: Since I started using this list, I’ve been able to keep the dishes under control.  For some reason, putting a checkmark on the list is very motivating.
  2. Open the mail: This one seems easy, but it isn’t.  How many people have an overflowing mail bin?  (You know who you are.) That was me.  It was easy to go out and get the mail.  Maybe look at the important pieces, and put the junk mail in my pretty mail basket.  I vowed to empty the mail basket at the end of the week, but somehow, that didn’t always happen.  Now that I have this item on my list, I found I don’t even need a mail basket.  I open the mail when it comes in, and put the papers in the right spots.  If you need help in this area, read our article: Tips for staying on top of your mail

Weekly chores: As for the weekly items, I chose items that I do on the same day of every week.  For example, I put out the trash every Monday, and bring in the trash cans every Tuesday.  I also opt to do a load of laundry each weekday.  One for: adults, kids, towels, sheets, and tablecloths.

Here are a few items you may want to include on your Household Chores – Weekly Checklist:

  1. Weekly cleaning chores: vacuum, mop kitchen, dust, clean bathroom, empty trash cans, straighten rooms
  2. Weekly meal planning: Weekly menu, grocery list, grocery shopping
  3. Weekly Financial Tasks: Pay bills, update budget, file papers, shopping /errands to run

Next Steps

Assignment:

  • Select and Print a “Household Chores – Weekly Checklist”
  • Personalize it for yourself, or print and use the pre-filled checklist.

Give our checklist a try for one full week, and see how it works.   Happy Planning!

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