Do You Have a Household Notebook?

Do you have a Household Notebook? I it is an irreplaceable tool to help your home run smoothly even in your absence

  • You will need a looseleaf notebook, dividers with pockets, and page protectors.
  • Contents:
    • Emergency Telephone Numbers
    • Household Instructions
      • When is the Trash picked up?
      • When is the recycling picked up?
      • Do you participate in any carpools? What are the phone numbers of the other drivers in the pool?
      • Any regular occurrences—we have a whole house generator that tests itself each week—very noisily! I have included that information in my household instructions
    • Cleaning Checklists—checklists for each room in my home and how often I do each task.
    • Cycle menu
    • Special Occasions List—check this each month so you can have cards or gifts for family or close friends.
    • A list of bank cards—I change the card number so I know what the numbers are but anyone finding this page would not be able to use the numbers.
    • Instructions/manuals for appliances
    • What to do if . . .
    • Your Vision Statement, Goals, Time Audit, Daily/Weekly Schedule, Master To Do List, and Future Plans and Goals

Keep this notebook handy to refer to as needed and to make it easy for someone to step in if you are not available for good or not so good reasons to direct your household.

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My Notebook
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If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

My planner
My planner–I take a wire bound notebook that I like. I write the day of the week and the date in the left column with two spaces in between. That gives four lines to each day. I make a column on the right had side of the paper where I list things I need to do. At the bottom of the page I have space for items I need to buy, and calls I need to make. This allows me to think on paper.

Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Get your family together, get out the calendar and coordinate activities. First for this week, then get everything on the calendar for the weeks coming up so you don’t schedule more than one event on the same day at about the same time. Block off the entire time period. Do this for work commitments, school activities, lessons, and all activities for every member of your family. Then make note if any special clothing, food, or other things are needed for those events. There’s nothing like finding the white shirt and dark pants your child needs for that evening’s concert wadded up in the bottom of a hamper less than half an hour before they need to be there or arriving at the sports field only to find out that you are responsible for snacks that day. And why does it always seem we find out that it was picture day on that one day we sent them out the door somewhat less than well groomed?

Sunday is First for Worship, then for Family and Friends. Part of the Family Element of Sunday is planning . Sunday is Planning Day.

Sunday is First for Worship, then for Family and Friends.

Part of the Family Element of Sunday is planning . Sunday is Planning Day.

My planner
My planner

Plan for this week_

  • Review everyone’s calendar
  • Are special clothes or refreshments needed for any practice, activity or event?
  • What are the transportation details for practices, activities and events? Who is driving to each place–where, when?
  • Can mom and dad have a night out this week? Babysitter details
  • Who is cooking and doing the dishes each night? When will you need to have crockpot meals?
  • Who will be helping with homework?
  • What is the family’s plan for housework helpers?

While you are planning, what is coming up in the next couple of weeks?

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
― Benjamin Franklin

Today is Friday the 16th Day of January 2015—Each Friday We Wrap Up the Week

Today is Friday the 16th Day of January 2015—Each Friday We Wrap Up the Week

Wrap Up the Week:

  • Clean Out Your Purse, Diaper Bag, Computer Bag, Backpack or Whatever You Take With You When You Go Out the Door

File the receipts you NEED to keep, Remove trash. Carry what you need but don’t overload (as I tend to do). One of my failings is putting things back where they belong when I am in a hurry. I regularly take time to put things back in place in my purse. DO NOT sit in an unlocked car going through your purse. Sometimes this world is not as safe as we would like it to be.

  • Clean Out Your Car—whenever you arrive home take any trash out of your car and take everything into your home that does not belong in the car. On Friday take extra care with this. Cars that are well cared for maintain their value. Somehow a little mess gives permission to make a bigger mess.
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Take extra care in your Area of Focus—Your Bedroom, Closet, andDSCN0055 Bathroom.

The One Small Area in the Major Declutter is under your kitchen sink.  Don’t keep cleaning supplies you will never use. Pass them on to someone who will even donating them if need be. If no one will every want something—throw it out. Do not keep rusty Brillo pads, and empty bottles.

Saturday is Family Fun Day—Work or Play together as a family, and make it fun. Humor can defuse many situations.

Sunday is for Worship, for Family and Friends and for Planning—Sunday is usually not a shopping, cleaning, or laundry day. We keep the dishes done and make the beds as well as picking up after ourselves but it is a day of rest. Coordinate your family calendars and make sure you know the needs for the week. Example, my grandson has an orchestra concert on Thursday—what clothes will he need? What time does he need to be there? Who is driving him? On Saturdays he has basketball—is his uniform clean? When does he take snacks? When are his practices? Who is driving?

My planner
My planner

Plan ahead and you will not be confronted with those last minute challenges.

Monday through Wednesday the Area of Focus continues to be the Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. Monday is also Martin Luther King Day and you may want to use part of the day to go through your children’s rooms with them if they are not in school conventional or home schooling.

Next week the One Small Areas will be in the Bedroom and Closet.

Love and Hugs,

Mary