A personalized household notebook is a homemaker’s best friend. I’ve tried lots of methods of binding my notebook, and have found that the spiral binding is key.
Every successful woman uses some kind of organizational method. I’m not saying that she uses something complicated. But, unless she’s got a photographic memory or a million hired hands, the with-it woman has her ducks in a row, and some way to organize them.
I want to be a with-it woman.
I’ve been working on get my act together — for like twenty years! I know that a household planner works for me, but I also know that it works best for me when made in a certain way. I’ve done the clipboard and the binder and they just don’t completely satisfy my needs to get with the program.
What I found out about myself is that:
- I like things to be simple. If it’s too complicated, I just won’t use it.
- I like it to be compact. I don’t want to fuss with a big bulky binder on the countertop. I need to be able to carry it all over the place with ease.
- I like love ADORE spiral-bound notebooks. I buy them by the dozens when they’re super cheap at back-to-school time and then use them for everything. I’ve got four or five going at any one time with notes, lists, recipes, and records
- I can make my own spiral-bound notebook to work exactly like I want it to!
Well, the copy shop can, anyway.
Each year, I print out calendars, to-do sheets, and all my necessaries for my household planner. Sometimes I add cardstock or envelopes, sometimes I keep it plain and simple. But, I always have it spiral bound. I know this works for me. I know it helps me keep track of everything
The day I discovered the spiral binding was a happy day. I came home and started planning my life. I even made doctor’s appointments that I’d been putting off because I didn’t have a good place to write it all down. It actually works to help me stay motivated and organized.
Are you in need of a household notebook or personal planner?
Over the last ten years, I’ve developed two different planners, that I converted into pdfs for my friends on the webs.
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Originally published January 11, 2010. Updated July 1, 2016.