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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Do You Have A Household Notebook?

I am trying to organize my life. Everything about me is disorganized and I hate it. One of the ways I'm trying to become organized is by creating a household notebook. I've seen this elsewhere on blogs and it seems like a handy little tool. All the important information in one place!

My question for all of you is first, do you have a household notebook? Why or why not? If you do, do you find that it is an invaluable tool to your family? Secondly, where should I start when making my own? I know each notebook will be different depending on the needs of the family, but what are some key elements you have found you couldn't live without in your notebook?

Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading your responses and creating my own household notebook!!

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.


  1. We don't have a "household" notebook (I don't think!) but we do have a "bills" notebook. Everything we need to know is written in it, like our budget, due dates, account numbers, etc. Couldn't make it without it!

  2. Look for the daykeeper on prepared not scared! it is AWESOME! and free, i modified mine a bit, if you want help let me know.

    like to day keeper: http://preparednotscared.blogspot.com/


    have a good day!

    Heather <3

  3. I have an electronic one that I am yet to "perfect" - it's pretty much a collection of spreadsheets etc. One day I will print it and create the physical folder - but as I said - I'm trying to "perfect" it first. lol

  4. http://recipesdealsetc.blogspot.com/2009/07/craft-moving-binderhousehold-info.html I have 2 household binders. The first is the one shown in this post. The second is a binder that has a folder for each person in our family. I keep all important notes from school and upcoming events in the folders and go through them once a week as I update the household calendar. It took me a bit to remember to check the folders, but now that the routine is established I LOVE knowing where stuff is!

  5. I've never heard of this before. Now I am curious. Good luck on all the organizing ;D

  6. I am working on one and this is something I will be blogging about in the future. I got a really pretty binder from target cheap and some dividers and some clear sleeves.
    I like to go to the link below to get free printables for my binder. :) Hope that helps! :)


  7. Yes, I have a household notebook, and yes, it is an invaluable tool. I feel much more organized, which translates into a calmer and happier mommy. Priceless! My notebook is just a three ring binder with loose-leaf paper and tabs for various "subjects" in my life: preschool papers, kids activities, daily schedule, etc. When important papers come home, I three hole punch them and put them in the notebook - like the roster for my kids' classes or sign up sheets that I don't want to lose. The most important part, though, is the daily schedule. Every Sunday night I write out a brief overview of our week on one piece of paper. Basically it is what I want to accomplish each day without great detail. "Monday: preschool, errands, work, swim lessons, dinner, blog" - for example.

    I was inspired to do this by Tsh at Simple Mom and her book Organized Simplicity. Great resource! Good luck :)

  8. I do! http://www.titus2homemaker.com/home-management-binder/

    I will probably be modifying mine a bit, though, as there is a LOT of information in there and it makes it really bulky. I might separate the "occasional reference" from the "use this every day" stuff. It's great, though, because I always know where to find this information!

  9. I think household notebooks are an awesome idea and I LOVE creating them - unfortunately, I'm not good at putting one to good use!

    I'm definitely an organized person AND I'm a gadget person. I keep a calendar, complete with alert reminders, on my iPhone - all my contacts are on my iphone as well. I have the household routines app that is perfect for keeping up with routines. I use ziplist for my grocery list. It works for me!

    I do have a homeschool notebook and sometimes file other information in it as well. (sorry for such a long response)

  10. I was absolutely smitten with some of the beautiful binders I've seen, and tried them several times without much luck.

    I use a tickler in place of a binder now and love it. You can see mine here:
    I learned to use a tickler at my first job, and it became a habit...no discipline required!

    I think the key is finding something that works with your personality...I've got a friend that uses a giant whiteboard and loves it, because she's very visually oriented.

    Good luck!

  11. I use a household binder...have for a while. I find that I go through times when I use it more, and go through times where I use it less. I'm in the process of re-organizing mine and I'll be posting about that soon. Ultimately it has to work for you. Sometimes it's helpful to start with a couple things you need (like a menu plan and to do list for example) and build it up as your needs dictate. It doesn't work for everyone the same way and there are some that it doesn't work for at all. I just started with a spiral notebook that had the pocket dividers and went from there. I kept bills, stamps, shopping lists, coupons, local menus etc. tucked in it. It had paper clips and rubber bands every where. LOL I used the pages for notes and reminders, and started keeping a little Hallmark calendar stapled to it. Eventually I graduated to a binder. I had originally just printed out a bunch of different pages and tried using them, but I was overwhelmed and found I was spending too much time trying to make all those neat pages work for me that didn't fit what I needed. Hope that is helpful!

  12. I have been considering creating a household notebook too! Just not sure where to start...

    I would love for you to come link up at my new "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party! You can share your favorite posts from someone else's blog to encourage them, and share your favorite from your own blog and get lots of visits :)

    Have a great day!
    Melanie :)


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