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28 Feb
2012
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March Tasks

There’s only one more day left in February and it’s a bonus day so have plenty of fun with it before tackling March’s chore chart. Once again these are taken from the amazing Get Organized Now. Every month they create a checklist of the household tasks that often slip our minds. They even offer a printable version that allows you to check back on past months in case you need to play catch up (here’s February’s list if you need it).

What I like to do is map out all the tasks that apply to me from the list and plot them on my calendar. Anything that’s empty gets filled in with other projects, like Lent devotions or redoing the living room, a garden, a basement storage system, and a closet all at the same time. Oh yeah, you can expect lots of posts over the next few months on home renovation.

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Some of my top tasks for March from the checklist include:

  • March 3: Put away your old knickknacks and bring out some spring decor. If you don’t have seasonal totes or storage yet, find a space to store those annual items.
  • March 6: Sort through your old books. Join sites like paperbackswap to trade some old books for some new, sell them or donate them. Locals near me can find info on donating to the St. Charles County book fair here.
  • March 13: Clear off your counters. Give the counters and appliances and decor a good cleaning. Decide if maybe your counters should have all those items back on them after you scrub.
  • March 15: Time to start seedlings!
  • March 17: Devote today to a project you’ve been putting off. Reward yourself with some pizza or corned beef and cabbage for completing the job.
  • March 26: Feeling like bills have only been going up? Call your phone carrier (landline or cell) and see if you can’t get some better rates going for you.
  • March 29: Clean off all light bulbs and fan blades.

After all this, start planning out who you might invite over for Easter too and decide if you need to add in any step to help you prepare. Easter this year is on April 8th and that’s not too far off!

What’s your must-do task for March?

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30 Jan
2012
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February Tasks

It’s time once again for the monthly chore chart. Most of these are taken from the amazing Get Organized Now. Every month they create a checklist of the household tasks that often slip our minds. They even offer a printable version that allows you to check back on past months in case you need to play catch up (here’s January’s list if you need it).

What I like to do is map out all the tasks that apply to me from the list and plot them on my calendar. Then I fill in the empty spots on my calendar with other tasks I have to do, like going to the eye doctor of chapel duty.

Source: etsy.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Some of my top tasks for February from the checklist include:

  • February 3: Start ordering seed and landscaping catalogs. I’m a huge fan of White Flower Farm and Burpee. My husband has been gleefully drawing up plans for our outdoors. Keep that in mind when you see what I’ll be blogging about this spring/summer.
  • February 7: Call an accountant or make sure you’re organizing all those tax documents. There’s some changes to the tax code so if you plan on filling out forms yourself make sure your supplier has the latest versions.
  • February 13: It’s National Clean Out Your Computer Day. I’m not sure you can tell your work you can’t come in because of this holiday but take this as a time to delete all those files you don’t need, print all those photos you do need, and make sure your machine is up-to-date on antivirus software.
  • February 19: Time to start planning those summer vacations! Check out my travel site TravelHyper for ideas. I have $500 and $1000 trips so you don’t break the bank. With tax time you should look at your budget and see what you can afford.
  • February 21: Make a big feast for Fat Tuesday.
  • February 26: Need some home repairs? Hire a handyman to come out and fix things up before they get busy in the spring.

What’s your must-do task for February?

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2 Jan
2012
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January Tasks

It’s time once again for the monthly chore chart. I mentioned back in December how I fell in love with¬†Get Organized Now. Every month they create a checklist of the household tasks that often slip our minds. They even offer a printable version that allows you to check back on past months in case you need to play catch up (here’s December’s list if you need it).

What I like to do is map out all the tasks that apply to me from the list and plot them on my calendar. Then I fill in the empty spots on my calendar with other tasks I have to do, like ordering blinds or scheduling doctor’s visits.

 

Some of my top tasks for January from the checklist include:

  • January 1: Clean the outside of the fridge. Don’t forget to scrub the water and ice dispenser if you have one.
  • January 3: Make¬† a list of all the birthday and anniversary cards to send for the year. Mark them on the calendar and stock up on your next shopping trip.
  • January 4: Wash all your throws and blankets around the house and reassess how you organize them. My husband just got me an awesome blanket basket from Ghana for Christmas so I’m already a step ahead on this one.
  • January 8: Clean your linen closet and dispose of any old ones. January is a month for linen sales so watch the ads and stock up on anything that needs replacing.
  • January 14: Pull out the crock pot and do some bulk cooking. The checklist suggests spaghetti sauce but you can do chicken breasts or chili if you have plenty of sauce already.
  • January 23: Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Dragon. Consider making a big Chinese dinner tonight or having a Chinese potluck with friends. If you’re from St. Louis, consider buying tickets for the Chinese lantern festival coming up at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
  • January 30: Inventory all the winter clothing you’ve warn so far. If you haven’t worn a coat or sweater yet this season then consider donating them to Goodwill or another local charity.

What’s your must-do task for January?

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29 Nov
2011
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December Tasks

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you can get overwhelmed by chores. Not those little daily tasks like sweeping or wiping down the sinks (though those are no picnic either) but what I’m talking about is the little things like rotating tires, pulling old clothes from the closet, or remembering to fill out my calendar for the next year.

One amazing way I’ve found to keep up on all those tasks is through Get Organized Now. Every month they create a checklist of the household tasks that often slip our minds. They even offer a printable version that allows you to check back on past months in case you need to play catch up

Get Organized Now just posted their December checklist and so I’m passing it along to you. What I like to do is map out all the tasks that apply to me from the list and plot them on my calendar. Then I fill in the empty spots on my calendar with other tasks I have to do, like painting chairs or taking my car to get inspected.

Bucilla Christmas Stocking Dog

Don't forget to make a Christmas stocking for your dog.

Some of my top tasks for December from the checklist include:

  • December 1: Donate items while decluttering to make space for your Christmas decor
  • December 4: Make all the cookie dough for the season and freeze it. I like to make slices or dough balls in advance to really save time.
  • December 6: Label all the circuit breakers in the house. Something that could easily slip the mind but really should be done.
  • December 17: Do a thorough pre-Christmas cleaning of the house and have a pizza party to feed all the helping hands.
  • December 19: Winterize the car. For me this means making sure my car has passed inspection, has tires in good condition, new wipers, all the fluids filled, and de-icer and a scraper on hand for those awful Missouri ice storms.
  • December 24: Wrap gifts and make an overnight breakfast casserole for Christmas morning
  • December 28: Inventory all the Christmas items you used like wrapping paper and gift tags and restock at after-Christmas sales. While you’re there, return any unwanted gifts.

At the end of every month just pop onto Get Organized Now and check for your next list. It’s really easy and I can’t recommend it enough.

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