Here’s your ‘Rosie-Do List’ for January

Dec 30, 2015, 3:19 PM | Updated: Feb 2, 2016, 7:34 am




Everyone has heard of the “honey-do” list. These are the little (sometimes big) home maintenance chores that your honey asks you to do each weekend.

We’re starting a new series this year where our first article of the month will give you my recommended to-dos for that particular month.

With that in mind, let’s dig into our list for January 2016!

The new year is a great time to take on several little jobs at your house to save you trouble later in the year. Here are my suggestions for getting 2016 in your home off to a good start:

Power up alarms, clocks, remotes and all your AA devices

Put fresh, brand new batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, TV remotes, flashlights, clocks, digital thermometers/gauges and other battery-operated household devices. Do this every New Year’s Day, whether they need changing or not. This will also help you remember when you changed them last! (Note: Use 10-year, lithium batteries for the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms)

Improve the air

With all the parties over and guests headed home, start the New Year off by changing your dirty and dusty heating and air conditioning intake filters. Resolve to do this every month to ensure that you get top quality performance from your HVAC system.

Stop the leaks

Do your own personal energy audit to see where cold air may be leaking into your house. You may feel this happening around windows, electrical outlets or under sinks around pipes. You can apply latex caulk or a little non-expanding insulating spray foam around pipes. Take off outlet covers and caulk around open edges between the receptacles and wall. Turn off the circuit breaker before you do this. This process can also help keep out summer heat.

Organize decorations

Take down your holiday decorations and get them organized for next year. Draw a map of which lights to use where on your house. Label the strands and store them in separate storage bins. Do the same kind of labeling on bins and boxes of tree decorations. Keep track of which lights need to be replaced next year.

Recycle your Christmas tree

There are places around the Valley to help you recycle your Christmas tree. Check online to find out where to take real Christmas trees for recycling or what days you can set them out for the garbage pick-up.

In the yard

Prune roses and deciduous trees; sow wildflower seeds; fight weeds while they are young with a but of pre-emergent. Watch for freezes and cover plants if necessary. Cover your pipes as well if you haven’t done so already.

Remember, for more tips and information for all the projects around your house, home, castle or cabin, visit Arizona’s largest collection of homeowner DIY advice and information at

And if you are in need of a quality contractor you can trust, visit our list of Arizona’s very best contractors or service providers for your home improvement projects at, Arizona’s most trusted referral network.

Tune in to KTAR every Saturday morning from 7-11 a.m. for the Rosie on the House broadcast!

Rosie On The House

How Arizona homeowners can take advantage of the sun's power...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

How Arizonan homeowners can harness the sun’s power

This article from the Rosie on the House Team shares tips Arizona homeowners can use to creatively harness the sun's power.

12 hours ago

(Shuttershock Photo)...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s a home maintenance midsummer checklist

We thought it might benefit all of our readers to take a few moments and look at how our homes are performing as summer rolls on.

7 days ago

cabinet tips for Arizona homeowners...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

What all Arizona home owners need to know about upgrading their cabinets

Want to spruce up your home's interior this summer? Use these cabinet tips for Arizona homeowners from Rosie on the House.

14 days ago

(Shuttershock Photo)...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Summer trending topics: Water conservation, pool monsoon prep, homeowners insurance

This week we are going to touch base on three topics that seem to be getting more attention lately: Water conservation, monsoon prep for your pool, and the increased cost of homeowners insurance.

21 days ago

stucco installation rosie on the house homes...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

What Arizona homeowners need to know to understand stucco applicants and repairs

In this latest blog post from Rosie on the House, the team shares tips about stucco installation that homeowners should know about.

28 days ago

(Shuttershock Photo)...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s how to take good care of your appliances

We all have several appliances throughout our home. Most of the time, they work great. When they don't work great, that's another matter.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 storylines to get you revved up for the 2024 Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals training camp is just a couple weeks away starting on July 25, and Sanderson Ford is revved up and ready to go.


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Here’s your ‘Rosie-Do List’ for January