Making a Household Notebook Work for You
Today is guest poster day and my visiting guest is my friend Jessica of LifeasMOM. Jessica has a great blog full of helpful advice on all sorts of topics including organization. She is here today to tell us all about her household notebook and how it helps her organize her life with six kids!
Some of us know how to manage our time and our homes intuitively. I have known women, my Aunt Peg, for instance, who just floated about their homes, seemingly effortlessly, tidying this, straightening that. Peggy’s home is always immaculate, dinner always on time, clothes always neatly pressed. Her brain is a well-oiled machine, and it follows that her home runs the same.
The rest of us, however, need a little help. Perhaps we get distracted easily. Maybe we have many creative projects going at once. Or in some instances, home economics was not anywhere in the syllabus when we were in junior high and high school, and we just don’t know where to start. Whatever the reason, some of us need a little help when it comes to home management.
I did not inherit the housekeeping genes of my aunt, and therefore, I’ve had to find ways and systems that help me keep order in our happy, little home. Not that my house even compares to Aunt Peg’s, but my household notebook helps me get a little bit closer.
What’s a Household Notebook?
You may have heard about household notebooks before. It’s basically a command center for the information you need to do your job well. And as different as each of us is from the Girl Next Door, so our notebooks should reflect who we are.
I work well from lists, but I found that I was recreating some lists, like cleaning tasks, on a regular basis. Instead of reinventing the wheel every time, I created checklists on the computer to use as my templates. These planning pages make the heart of my household notebook.
Some items that you might want to include in a household notebook include:
- a calendar
- a list of important dates
- a contacts list
- a catalog of bills to pay and passwords for online banking
- a checklist of daily, weekly, or seasonal household tasks
- a tickler file of meals your family loves
- your weekly or monthly meal plan
- a running grocery list
Hold it all together
Adjust your notebook to fit who you are and what you need help with accomplishing. You can store your forms in a standard 3-ring binder. This makes it easy to add and subtract planning sheets and insert school schedules and team rosters, as well as remove forms that are outdated.
However, I love the spiral notebook. So, this past winter, I had my household notebook forms bound at the local copy store. The result? An easily portable, notebook that takes up little room on the counter and works for me.
Certainly, it has its draw backs in terms of the higher cost of binding ($5 US) and less flexibility in adding pages, but I’ve found it to be extremely helpful to managing my home and family. I use it more because it’s in this format and that helps it work for me.
For some people the refrigerator or a bulletin board work as their command central. For me, it’s my household notebook. With a little tweaking, you can make a portable command center to help you keep your home and your life organized.
– Jessica Fisher, also known as FishMama, is a busy mom of six children. She regularly writes about fun, frugality, and the pursuit of a clean house at LifeasMOM and posts delicious ways to act your wage at Good Cheap Eats.