Time to Reset Your Household Notebook!

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The new school year is a fresh start for our kids and for us. Time to get organized!

Fall signifies a new beginning, a fresh start, and in many ways, a new year. At least for us moms.

For 36 years now I’ve been going back to school each fall. First it was as a preschooler, now it’s to teach my own preschooler. I love the routine that the new school year brings, especially after a lackadaisical summer.

Now it’s time to get my game on!

This year we’re gearing up for a new wave of outside activities. We’ve only dabbled in these things in years previously. Now, I think we’re “all in”. My week is going to include:

  • three hockey practices
  • three hockey games
  • one piano lesson
  • two swim lessons (for five kids)
  • two science classes

I feel like I’m going to be living in the car. Thank goodness we do school at home. I don’t know that I’d ever be OUT of the car!

As such, it’s all that more important that I keep track of things and get tooled up for the new year. For me, a new year means a new household planner.

You’ve heard me wax eloquently (ahem) about household notebooks before. If you bought Organizing Life as MOM, then you already know what I’m talking about.

Can’t watch the video where you are? The transcript is here.

Last year I showed you how I put my notebook together. This weekend I spent time printing off new calendars and planning sheets to get my planner tooled up for the new year.

I chose to print some pages in color, some in black and white, and some in pink! because the printer was running low on ink. I also laminated a few pages that I know I will use weekly or daily so I don’t waste paper.

I’m taking a different tact this year and using a three-ring binder. Readers gave me the head’s up last year about this Hybrid Notebinder from Five Star. It comes in five colors, is available on Amazon Prime (or Target) and looks like it could be a very happy marriage between the spiral notebook and the three-ring binder. I will let you know how it works for me.

(And, yes, I’ll be giving you a tour of my notebook next week.)

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I’ve spent the last week or two behind the scenes updating Organizing Life as MOM. My assistant/right hand has been hard at work creating a half-size version. We’ve got so many options now to help you keep track of the days and avoid the daze that comes with “life as MOM”.


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  1. When I first glanced at this post I thought it said “Time to REST your household notebook!” I got so excited. Once I started reading I quickly noticed I misread the title of the post. I’ve been working on my household notebook too. With school and extracurricular activities starting together, if I don’t get started with organization I will be so overwhelmed!

  2. Hi Jessica!
    I am wanting to incorporate your half sized calendars in my existing notebook. What are the measurements?

    1. Hey Mo! The half-size sheets are designed 2 per letter-size page. So, once you cut the pages, each page will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

  3. some-what off topic, but I am curious what printer you use. mine just broke & I am trying to figure out what is the best printer for high volume home use- with all the school pages, coupons & even photos I want something that works well & lasts long while being affordable, especially when it comes to replacing the ink/toner.

    1. We have old printers, so I’m not sure they are still around. I guess that means we picked good ones. Canon Image Class D320 – got for real cheap with some in-store rebates. The ink is pricey, so we buy aftermarket cartridges. It’s a copy machine/printer. My eye doc uses the same on. Costs us about $10 in toner every year.

      The color printer I found on clearance at Target years ago for $35. It’s a HP Photosmart C4385 All-in-One. That ink is pricey and I haven’t found refurb cartridges that get good reviews, so I rarely print in color.

    1. That’s regular letter size.

      We don’t have the blogger version in half-size. Waiting to see about the interest. Probably won’t do the homeschool version in half since most folks use full size paper in school anyway.

  4. Holy Bananas Batman! I just got back from Target and picked up one of the Hybrid Notebinder for my Household Binder this year and I totally love it! I like both binders and spiral bound and this best thing since sliced bread is the best of both worlds! And I was even able to get it in one of my favorite colors!!! It’s gotta be a sign…this is gonna be a good year! 🙂

    1. I’m not sure I love it yet. I used the spiral bound book much more often than I’m using the binder. I need to tweak mine a little I guess.