Checklists: From Daily Do-Its to Routine Chores

Whether it’s daily lists of routine chores or more long-term tasks, checklists pin down buzzing thoughts and put them on paper, where they’re easy to convert into action.

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Daily Do-Its Checklists

Build your own checklists for planning success; these lists should get you started:

Sample Morning Do-It Checklist:
-Check the day’s calendar and checklist
-Exercise
-Shower and complexion care
-Make bed
-Read e-mail
-Wake children and make breakfast
-Run one load of washing
-Fold one load of drying
-Place breakfast dishes in dishwasher
-Clear kitchen counters

Sample Evening Do-It Checklist:
-Empty dishwasher and set table for breakfast
-Set up programmable coffee or tea makers for morning beverages
-Make lunches for next day
-Empty kitchen trash can and clear counters
-Select the next day’s clothing
-Exercise
-Pray or meditate
-Complexion care
-Review next day’s calendar and checklists

Weekly, Monthly and Seasonal Planning Checklists

If Daily Do-Its keep each day running smoothly, weekly, monthly, and seasonal checklists get the big jobs done. What’s on the checklist? Everything! From scheduled cleaning chores to menu planning to volunteer work. If you have to do it routinely, it belongs on your checklist.

Like the Daily Do-It, file your weekly, monthly and seasonal checklists in plastic page protectors in your Household Notebook. Each week, month and season, check the appropriate checklist to stay on-task and organized.

Use the sample checklists below, as a guide to create your own checklists for routine chores to be done each week, month, and season.

Checklists for the Long Term

Long-term checklists for weekly and seasonal chores are home to recurring to-do list items. Check your Master To-Do list to compile your household’s checklists.

Weekly Checklist:
-Review calendar for the upcoming week
-Check Master To-Do list and add items to the running To-Do list
-Plan weekly menus
-Clip coupons
-Pay bills
-Shop for groceries
-Run errands: visit the cleaners, the bank, the photo developers

Monthly Checklist:
-Review calendar for the upcoming month
-Check Master To-Do list and add items to the running To-Do list
-Balance checkbook
-Check pantry and freezer inventories; rotate foods
-Change air conditioning or furnace filters

Seasonal Checklist:
-Review calendar for the upcoming season
-Check Master To-Do list and add items to the running To-Do list
-Make medical appointments
-Change out seasonal clothing and review family clothing needs
-Note vacation or travel plans and make travel arrangements, if needed
-Arrange for air conditioning, furnace maintenance
-Check smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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