What every organized household should have
January 6, 2011 by Missy
You asked for more – JULIE AGREED!
A while ago Julie shared her 3 tricks on how to take the work out of housework and we received a ton of response about wanting to hear more about her ideas. Today she is teaching us about how great it is to have a household planner.
I love anything that will help me be more
“When I started my quest to create my ideal home, I began with changing my attitude. From there I moved on to conquering clutter, establishing routines, and finally developing a zone cleaning system.
Setting up a planner is a key part of establishing a routine and keeping track of your zone cleaning. I’m going out of order here, but since the majority of comments from my first article (Three Tips to Take the Work Out of Housework) were interested in “the binder,” here are some ideas to get you started setting up a household planner.
Having a household planner really helps active, creative, free spirited women keep their housekeeping from getting away from them. For years, I used to lose track of the last time I washed the kids’ sheets, or vacuumed under the couch. Once I started using the household planner, I could easily track and evaluate the different aspects of homemaking.
This suggestion isn’t for everyone. I have 2 amazing sisters, one of which is a natural born perfectionist (NBP), and a binder would be useless for her since everything is already positively perfect in every way. So if you are NBP, this tip is not for you, you can move on to hosting amazing birthday parties and making adorable sweets. Our mother once gave NBP a book on organizing for a gift. (I think that my other sister and I got diet books.) NBP graciously tucked it away into her perfectly organized re-gifting drawer. Once I glimpsed it, and knowing I’m a sucker for any new info on this topic, she gladly passed it on to me. I know mom really meant it for me in her heart. I digress. . .
My household planner is a personal blend of ideas from www.flylady.com , www.organizedhome.com and www.simplemom.net. For supplies, you need a 3 ring binder, divider tabs and some paper. To keep things simple I use only 5 dividers; Calendar, Contacts, Cleaning, Cooking, and Planning. There are many other options, so personalize it to fit your family. For instance, if you do the family finances, you may want a finance section. I had to move the finance section to a binder of its own. I like the household binder to be useful for the whole family as well as guests, so personal finance details are kept separate. The basic idea of my binder is that if you were to get sick or go on vacation, anyone could step in and run your household using the planner.
Calendar – no mystery here, I keep a basic weekly plan and monthly pages for the upcoming year, running to do list, as well as a master list of important dates that reoccur yearly.
Contacts – A telephone list of important and frequently called numbers, calling lists for church, clubs and sports teams, and a printout of Christmas card mailing address list
Cleaning – My daily routines, the kid’s daily routines. A floor plan of my cleaning zones, as well as detailed cleaning lists for each zone.
Cooking - I keep a one month meal plan, food storage inventory, list of healthy snacks, lunchbox packing ideas, and preprinted grocery lists.
Planning – I have a ten year family timeline, my personal vision statement, a vision statement for Lillywood Cottage, the Meyer Family Rules, my degree plan to finish my bachelors, and notes on any projects we are working on or planning to work on, for example; Christmas or vacation planning.
I also like to keep an envelope in the back for receipts, I just stuff them all in and sort them once a month or so.
This has been a useful and handy tool for my family. It is a constant reminder of all the great systems and ideas I have learned about in my quest for my ideal home. Having a grand plan for the home keeps me on track. When I wander off the track and into the weeds, and believe me I do, the planner makes it easy to get back on the path to happy homemaking.”
Thanks Julie! I know she has more ideas up her sleeve and hopefully she will be back soon with some of these other genius ideas: