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Creative Ideas for Household Notebooks

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 31, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Homekeeping | 21 Comments

Today’s the day to share your household notebook!

Remember earlier in the month when I shared some ideas for making your household notebook [4] work for you? I also challenged you to put yours together, if you hadn’t already, and enter it in today’s little carnival.

But first, here’s one way that a fellow mom has updated her household notebook to work for her, using a combination of printables and online resources to manage her home.

How I Gave My Household Notebook a Makeover

A post by Prerna Malik [5]

[6]photo source [7]

My household notebook is my sanity-saver. Period. I created one, inspired by Tsh over at Simple Mom [8] and used it to plan my daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists, cleaning and organizing schedules as well as menus and record other basic information. However, it was time-consuming and yet another job in my list of to-dos.

So, when I received Jessica’s email announcing the launch of her Organizing Life as Mom [9] eBook, I thought, “Why not give my household notebook a makeover?”

Let’s face it, I didn’t really enjoy drawing up lists and menus every week or month and didn’t really have the creativity to make and print my own. So, I happily sat down and went through the eBook.

Here’s what I did to revamp the way I managed home:

Using Fillable Pages

Jessica has very kindly given us something as awesome as fillable pages, eliminating the need for me to have additional pages in my paper household and helping me to streamline it to a great extent. So, now every Sunday night, I sit down and type in my menus in the fillable Weekly Menu Planner and my errands for the week in the Weekly Chore Checklist. Plus, the eBook has a fillable contact list which I find especially helpful, since it makes updating numbers easy-peasy. Just delete and enter.

I’ve also eliminated calendars from the home management notebook and while Jessica does have a fillable calendar, I am using the one on my cellphone and the one on Cozi [10]. The one on Cozi is actually my homepage so I can see at a glance what’s happening while my cellphone is always with me and it makes it easy to update, add and check.

personalized spiral bound notebook [11]

Printables are a Homemaker’s Joy

Did I mention that I never really liked drawing up schedules, lists and more every week or month? Yeah. So, printable pages not only made this job easier but also made my notebook look neater, smarter and cleaner. I use a combination of printables from Jessica’s eBook [9] and those that are on Mandi’s site, Life…Your Way [12]. If you’re like me and want to take the easy way, you’ll be truly grateful for the work these two ladies have done.

Using a Household Notebook for More Than Managing Home

I discovered yet another brilliant use for my household notebook. Now that I’d freed up space thanks to the fillable pages, I devoted one section of my 3-ring binder for craft projects and ideas for my toddler. I love playing and hanging out with my daughter but am not very crafty. So, I print out templates, ideas and projects from around the net and file them in the newly created Crafts sections.

I’ve also created a section for Blogging and Writing Projects, though am considering starting a separate file for these since the ideas just don’t stop coming and I’m filling up pages like crazy***laughing*** but for now, it’s part of my Home Management notebook.

While it may seem tough and strange to have an online and offline combo for a household notebook, I’ve found that it works. And, as Jessica, has so beautifully described it in her eBook, “…find your groove. Find what works for you and your family’s needs.

I’ve found my groove, thanks to Jessica and others around the web and I’d love to hear more.

[13]– Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her simple tips and easy-to-do ideas at The Mom Writes [5] or follow her on Twitter [14].

How do you use your Home Management Notebook?

What makes it unique? How do you use it to keep your home and life under control?

Inquiring minds want to know. Share your household notebook or other command center today.

Get Your Act Together in 2011!

To encourage you to set up some kind of system to help you better organize your days, I’m offering a fun little giveaway this week.

The Challenge [4], originally posted on the 12th was this: Put some order in your chaos.

Here’s the promised link-up/comments section for you to share how you are getting more organized this year.

Entries can feature household notebooks or other command centers for your household. (Blog posts will be best since you’ll be able to show us pictures of what you create.) Either way, explain how you set up your organizational system and how you plan for it to serve you in the coming year.

Two participants will be randomly chosen and will each receive a $25 gift card to help them get even more organized in the coming year.

The gift cards will be redeemable to the winner’s choice of Walmart, Target, Amazon, or major supermarket chain. Entries will be  accepted until Sunday, February 6th, 8 pm PST. Winners to be chosen at random and notified via email. Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to niftythriftythriving@ and Jen@foreverforalways…..

Ready to get your notebook on?

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