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:
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
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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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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: