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Household Checklist for April

There’s plenty to do around the house in April.  Check out our printable Household Checklist for April.  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 April

Spring is here, and there are things to do both inside and outside of your home.

Maintenance
  • Schedule days and times to complete Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Drop off donations from Spring Cleaning (clothes, toys, kitchen items)
  • Decorate house for Spring
Outdoors
  • Take out patio furniture
  • Take out garden hoses; turn outside water on
  • Bring out grilling supplies: firewood, utensils etc.
  • Inspect and repair window screens
  • Drain pool cover (if excess water from winter)
Do-It-Yourself or Schedule
  • Step 1 Fertilizer for Lawn
  • Spring clean-up for yard (pick up branches, thatch, rake, first mow)
Money
  • File Federal and State Income Taxes
  • Shopping: Spring sporting goods (little league)
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family
Meal Planning
  • Host or attend Easter / Passover / holiday gathering
  • Plan Mother’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in May

 

Details on April Projects

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

Maintenance:

Daffodils outside

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Outdoors:

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Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

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Forcythia

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 1 Fertilizer

Preen

Don’t like weeds? Act now to prevent weeds from growing

Orange Pansies in Black Container

Can pansies survive snow? What you need to know

Money:

Tax Folders

When to file your taxes

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Meals and Event Planning:

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

Birthday Party Checklist

Seven Steps to Planning a Birthday Party

Time Management:

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Printable Household Checklist for April

Household Checklist for April

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

Household Checklist for April

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

 

 

Household checklist for March

Household Checklist for March

There’s plenty to do around the house in March to keep everything on track.  We’re here to help with our Printable Household Checklist for March and detailed information about the projects.  Let’s get started!

Things to Do In March

Maintenance

  • Print Spring Cleaning checklist
  • Schedule days and times to complete Spring cleaning
  • Drop off donations from Spring Cleaning (clothes, toys, kitchen items)
  • Decorate house for Spring / Easter
  • Drain pool cover (if excess water from winter)
Daylight Savings:
  • Buy batteries for all smoke detectors
  • Replace all batteries in smoke detectors and test alarms
  • At 2:00 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of March, set clocks forward 1 hour
Do-It-Yourself or Schedule:
  • Put down preen and round up as soon as feasible
  • Tune up for lawnmower
  • Tune up for central air
  • Furnace or boiler cleaning
  • Work on Federal and State Income Taxes

 Meals and Event Planning:

  • Shopping: Easter outfits for family
  • Plan Easter / Passover holiday gathering
  • Plan birthday parties in April

Details on March Projects

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

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

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

Spring cleaning checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Time Management: Setting Up Your Spring Schedule

Regulator Clock 3

Daylight Savings Time: Change the batteries on your smoke detectors

White Basket with Blue and White Gingham Lining

It’s Time to Decorate for Easter

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

Running A Household

When to file your taxes

Birthday Party Checklist

Seven Steps to Planning a Birthday Party

Green Grass; Don't like weeds

 Don’t like weeds? Act now to prevent weeds from growing

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Printable Household Checklist for March

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

Household checklist for March

Household Checklist for March

Be sure to schedule time to do these things, to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

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Plan Summer Calendar

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.

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

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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It’s Time to Assess Your Easter

Easter is officially over, and now it’s time to assess. Did everything go the way you planned?  What changes can you make to improve for your next holiday?  Use our Printable Party and Event Assessment Form to assess your Easter.  Even if you didn’t host, take a minute to jot down a few ideas.

Why Assessing an Event is Important

We spend so much time planning and preparing for events.  Chances are, if you hosted an event, you may host another one. By assessing your Easter, and all of the effort that went into planning the day, you can determine what worked and what didn’t work. This will make your next event more successful.

How to Assess Your Easter

Be sure to think about all of the phases of your dinner:

Planning: invitations, guests, date time

Meal: food, timing of appetizers

Set up: decorations, plates/napkins, flow of room

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Were the right people invited?  Too many people?  Not enough?
Was there enough time for guests to talk and socialize?
Were you happy with the food preparation and selections?

How did the beverages work out?  Did you have enough to serve?
Did the dessert work out well?

Assessing What Worked

Start with the positive items. Take a few minutes to think about what worked, and what you would do again next time. Here are a few examples of what really worked for our Easter dinner:

  • Adding kielbasa to the Easter menu was a huge hit. We served sliced kielbasa on an appetizer platter along with horseradish cheese. It was delicious! We also made a hot appetizer with kielbasa in barbecue sauce. It was scrumptious!
  • Starting our Easter event at 12:30. This gave us plenty of time in the morning to spend with our family and prepare food. We held our social hour from 12:30 – 1:30, and guests sat down to eat dinner at 1:30.
  • Seating guests with place cards allowed everyone to take a seat quickly. It also meant that the hostess had easy access to the kitchen, and children were seated next to an adult who could help them cut their food.

Assess your Easter

  • Bringing out the carrots and stuffing last: These dishes are tough to keep warm.  We said grace, and started to pass the meat, gravy and dinner rolls clockwise around the table.  While everyone was adding sour cream and butter to their baked potatoes, we brought out the carrots and stuffing.  They came out piping hot, and didn’t cool off too soon.
  • Asking guests to bring dessert. We followed our assessment from a previous year, and asked our guests to bring a dessert.  Since we handled the appetizers and the main course, it was so nice not to worry about dessert.  It even freed up some time on Saturday so we could handle other items, like simmering the kielbasa.

One memory we will always treasure about our 2017 Easter was reading bible stories to our children on Good Friday. They are at an age where they are curious and asking questions about God.  We had some quiet time on Friday to read from the children’s bible and are so glad we did this.

 

What Didn’t Work

Even the best plans don’t always go off without a hitch.  It’s important to identify and document the things that did not work. This will help you to improve the process for next time. Here are a few examples from our Easter:

  • Planning for warm weather: This year, the weather was unseasonably warm.  We needed to open the windows, but honestly could have turned on the air conditioner.  Guests did not feel like eating as many appetizers or drinking as much wine.  It was important to have extra ice on hand, since our guests drank lots of water. The weather even impacted the Easter egg hunt.  We’ll be sure to avoid chocolate filled eggs on hot days!
  • Having lots of desserts: For some reason we ended up with a lot of desserts.  Some guests brought two desserts, and another brought a surprise dessert.  Just glad we had enough room on our kitchen counter!  It worked out fine, and we made up a goody bags for guests to take leftovers home.

Things to Do Next Time

A lot of preparation goes into making Easter a nice day.  Do you wish you could have done something differently?  Make a note so that next time, you’ll remember what to change.  Here are a few examples from our Easter:

  • Find a way to go to church on Sunday morning.  When you host, this isn’t always possible.  However, Easter is a religious celebration, and going to church on Easter Sunday is much more meaningful.
  • Serve fewer appetizers:  Everyone enjoyed the addition of kielbasa as an appetizer, but the fruit and veggie trays were hardly touched. We will need to reconsider how much food we put out next time.  Maybe just a kielbasa and cheese tray, along with some fresh fruit would be enough.
  • Suggest alternatives to candy. The Easter bunny brought chocolate and jelly beans.  There was also an outdoor Easter egg hunt with even more candy.  Relatives brought lots of chocolate bunnies and goodies.  Instead, ask for books and non-edible treats.

It’s great to have the Easter holiday behind us so we can look forward to Spring and Summer. Overall it was a great day, and everyone enjoyed themselves.  Now that we’ve assessed everything, we can make a few tweaks so that next year is even better.  After all, if we keep doing the same thing, we can expect the same results.

Printable Party and Event Assessment Chart

Now it’s your turn to assess your day. Click on the link below and print a copy of our Party and Event Assessment Form:

Party and Event Assessment.docx

Party and Event Assessment Chart

Jot down your thoughts so that next time, your event will be a little easier. 🙂

And just to make sure you are prepared, here are the dates for Easter for the next few years:

  • April 1, 2018
  • April 21, 2019
  • April 12, 2020
  • April 4, 2021

In case you missed it, here is the article with our printable Easter planning forms:

Easter Meal Planner

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

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Do you need to buy new summer clothes for your kids?  Or maybe it’s time to update your own wardrobe.  Use our handy Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes to keep track of the items you need to purchase.

Tips to Follow Before Shopping for Summer Clothes

If you’re shopping for children, it’s important to know your child’s height and weight before your start shopping.  This will help you determine the size of clothing to purchase.

Next, take inventory.  Do any clothes fit from last year?  This will save you money, and prevent over-purchasing.

Printable Shopping Checklist

Now you’re ready to use our Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes.  Click on the link below for a printable checklist:

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Determine how many of each item you need.  As you shop, just check off the items purchased.  There are also a few blank spaces to list any special items.

Happy Shopping!

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