The holidays are behind us, and it’s time to get organized. The month of January is a great time to put away all of the Christmas decorations, as well as organize your paperwork. We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for January and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.
Things to Do in January
Put away Christmas decorations (see separate list)
Assess cleaning schedule; revise as needed
Make updates: medical wallet card and phone numbers
Restock cold and flu supplies
Straighten hat and mitten bin or drawer
Organize papers (mail bin, receipts, filing system, menus, gift cards)
Purchase additional ice melt and sand for driveway
Purchase additional gasoline for snow blower
Rake roof after snowfalls
Collect documents to prepare Federal and state taxes
Gather charitable donation receipts and value items
Sign up for electronic billing and statements
Plan birthdays, parties, and events for February
Prepare for Valentine’s Day (cards, gifts, candy)
Need more details on some of these projects? Check out the following articles:
Details on January Projects
Here are some specific details on our January projects. Just click on the link below to read more.
If you are looking for a way to reduce your paper clutter, get organized and save money, you’ll want to read on. We recently came across a unique product that can help you do it all.
It was a board to write on, but without the paper. This liquid crystal board was designed so that you can write on it and then erase it. So you can reduce the clutter around your home and save paper. What a great idea!
How to Cut the Paper Clutter, Get Organized and Save Money
A liquid crystal board can help you get the job done. The one we tried is called a Boogie Board Blackboard and looks like this:
The one we purchased was 8 1/2 x 11 inches, which is the standard size of paper that fits in your printer or copy machine. Ours came with various backgrounds:
Honestly, it was the schedule that caught our eye. The thought of planning our week without using a piece of paper was very intriguing. It worked out just as we thought. We weren’t quite ready to erase our board, so we snapped a picture with our cell phone so we could save the schedule for the rest of the week.
The other backgrounds worked great for our purposes. We used the blank paper to draft an article for our website and later made a quick to do list using the lined paper.
The 8.5 x 11 inch board really suited our needs. However, it comes in smaller sizes as well as different colors. Just know that not all boards come with the handy lined paper or schedule backgrounds.
Is your pool cover full of leaves? Are the leaves wet or dry? Either way, we have some helpful tips and tools on how to remove leaves from your pool cover.
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If your pool cover is full of dry leaves that just fell from the trees, try removing them with a leaf blower. The process is simple, but you’ll need to clean up the leaves once they are off your cover. Otherwise, you’ll find them right back on the pool cover. You can use a blower like this one: Black & Decker High Performance Blower which is also helpful around the yard when you need to blow or mulch your leaves.
More than likely, you’re dealing wet leaves on your pool cover. It’s difficult to keep all of the dry leaves off the cover, and before you know it the rains comes.
We use a leaf rake, which is a larger version of a pool net, similar to this one:
Just attach the leaf rake to a standard pool pole, and start scooping out the wet leaves. You can make a pile on the ground and let them dry out. Another option is to put them in a large plastic trash barrel. Just make sure it’s an old one with a few holes at the bottom. The holes will let the water drain out, and make the barrel lighter to carry.
Draining the Water from Pool Cover
Once the leaves are off of your cover, you’ll want to drain the water. One of the easiest ways to drain water from your pool cover is with a small pump. The one we use is called a Little Giant Submersible Pump and it was made especially for draining water from pool covers.
We love the Little Giant. It seems to have enough horsepower to get the job done. We’ve tried other pumps, but this one seems the quickest.
Just attach it to a hose, and plug it in. Be sure that the hose is attached. If not, the hose could pop off underwater and slow or stop the draining process.
If there’s just a little water, you can let it drain on the grass. If there’s a lot of water, you may want the hose to drain in the driveway.
Aside from cutting the leaf-producing trees down, there is a product designed especially for leaves on a pool cover. It is a called a leaf cover, and it is a large net that sits right on top of your pool cover to catch all of the leaves. Once the leaves are done falling, remove the net, along with all of the leaves. We haven’t tried it, but it looks like a great idea, and it comes in most above-ground and in-ground pool sizes. For more details: