Monthly Archives: May 2022

It’s Time to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Planning your summer calendar can seem like a big challenge, especially if you have several people in your family.  In a day and age when there are so many software programs and apps to stay organized, planning your entire summer electronically may pose a challenge.  When it comes to planning the months of June, July and August, it’s back to basics here at Running A Household.  Check out our simple, yet practical method to organize and plan your summer calendar.

Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

First, gather your thoughts on what you want to do this summer.  We’ve made this easy for you, with our printable Summer Priorities Chart.  Break down your ideas into four categories:

  • Activities to Do (Baseball games, Sports Camp)
  • Vacations to Take
  • Friends to See (Pick 3-4 and schedule dinner or an activity)
  • Things to Do (Plant a blueberry bush, organize garage, stain the deck)

Click on the chart below to print your copy:

Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

For further details on using our Summer Priorities Chart, be sure to read our article:
Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

Starting to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Next, it’s time to organize and schedule your summer calendar.  Start by printing a blank calendar for the months of June, July and August.  Just click on the calendar below to print.

Blank Monthly Calendar June 2022

Blank Monthly Calendar July 2022

Blank Monthly Calendar August 2022

Once your blank calendars are printed, it’s time to start scheduling your summer days.  You’ll want to grab a pencil to enter the following information:

1.  Mark down your vacation days.

2.  Block off any commitments already made. This may include:

    • Weddings
    • Sports camps
    • Long weekends
    • Birthdays

3.  Use your Summer Priorities Chart to fill in the rest.

When your summer calendar is complete, you can post it in a central location for the family to use.  Or, if you prefer to have your calendar electronically, just enter the information into your regular electronic calendar system.

Happy planning!

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Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

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Lawn Care Maintenance Chart

Are you looking for a way to keep track of your lawn care maintenance? Do you need to track when you mowed your lawn or put down fertilizer? We’re here to help with our free printable Lawn Care Maintenance Chart.

Why Keep Track of Lawn Maintenance?

Taking care of your lawn can be easy, if you know what to do and when to do it. Lawns need regular care including fertilizing, dethatching, aerating and mowing. While these might be simple jobs that most homeowners can handle on their own, it’s important to keep track of what you do so you know that everything gets done.

Lawn Care in the Spring

Spring can be a busy season, especially when it comes to lawn care. Here are a few things you’ll want to do:

  • Dethatch your lawn
  • Fertilize with a crabgrass preventer before the yellow flowers on the forcythia bushes fall
  • Mow
  • Put down grub control
  • Trim around tough to mow areas
  • Edge your grass where it meets your landscaping beds
  • Fertilize with a weed and feed product around Memorial Day
  • Water your lawn

Lawn Care in the Summer

  • Raise the mowing height Mow to prevent your grass from burning and to keep weeds away
  • Apply fertilizer in mid-August
  • Water your lawn if it hasn’t rained

Lawn Care in the Fall

  • Patch bare spots or overseed around Labor Day
  • Aerate your lawn, especially if the soil has compacted
  • Apply fall fertilizer toward the end of September/early October
  • Test the PH of your soil
  • Apply lime, if Ph is high
  • Rake and pick up all leaves prior to winter
  • Lower the mowing height as winter approaches

Keeping Track of Lawn Care Maintenance

While all of these lawn care maintenance tasks seem simple, it’s easy to forget when you mowed, fertilized or watered last. We’ve put together a free printable Lawn Care Maintenance Chart so you can track all of these items.

lawn care checklist

Just enter the date, check of what you completed, and jot down a description when needed.

Happy mowing!

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Printable Household Checklist for May

The month of May is a busy time around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for May.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in May

Maintenance

  • Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Put away winter clothes; bring out summer clothes (if applicable)

Outdoors

  • Plant a vegetable and flower garden
  • Plant flowers in containers

Do-It-Yourself or Schedule

  • Open the pool
  • Apply grub preventer to lawn
  • Apply new mulch to landscaped areas of yard
  • Assess and trim hazardous trees

Money

  • Plan summer vacation
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend Mother’s Day event
  • Plan upcoming events such a Memorial Day cookout and Father’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in June

Details on May Projects

Here are some specific details on our May projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

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Simple Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Garden Shopping Checklist: Track your seed and plant purchases

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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 Household

Pool Cleaning Checklist

Pool Supply Checklist

Pool Chemical Checklist

Scotts Step 2

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

Yellow and orange tulips

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes 3

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Grill

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Flag

Planning Your Memorial Day Cookout

 

Printable Household Checklist for May

Printable Household Checklist for May

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for May:

Household Checklist for May

By scheduling time to handle these items in May, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.