Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized
Inside the Household Notebook, dividers organize information and make it easy to find what you need ... fast!
Whether you use simple tabbed dividers from the office supply store, or create personal dividers using page protectors, dividers form the backbone of any organized Household Notebook.
Include these dividers in your Household Notebook to supercharge your homekeeping tool.
To start your Household Notebook, begin with the basics: planning and time management. Claim your time with a Planning Divider!
What belongs here? Calendars, schedules and to-do lists direct the course of family life. In-depth planning tools, like mission statements or goal planning worksheets, do the hard work of translating goals to reality.
Visit the Printable Library to find free printable monthly calendars, to-do lists, daily and weekly planner pages for your Household Notebook.
Use a three-hole punch to add work schedules, school calendars and events lists for church and civic activities.
Money and Finance Divider
Tracking dollars and cents makes sense, so add a Money and Finance divider to your Household Notebook. Keep track of household finances with budget pages, inventory sheets and household information. Here are some examples of the kinds of information that can be included behind this divider:
- budget/spending record
- bills to pay
- credit card list
- online service/online account information
- home inventory
- insurance information
- safety deposit box inventory
- utilities/services directory
- magazine subscriptions
- warranty information
- vehicle records
Meals and Menus Divider
In the kitchen, the Household Notebook helps plan meals, create menus, and track food supplies.
Use this section to hold grocery shopping lists, pantry and freezer inventory sheets, monthly and weekly menu planners and price book forms for maximum savings at the super market.
To speed cooking chores, include a section for favorite recipes and recipes to try. Page protectors hold kitchen appliance manuals ... so you'll always remember how to clean the coffee machine or change the oven clock on Time Change Sunday!
Calling all phone numbers!
The Phone Directory is the most useful, most-consulted section of any Household Notebook. Because this phone listing is independent of any one personal cellphone or directory listing, it's the place to keep numbers needed by family members and visitors for easy access.
The Phone Directory is a single place to put class rosters, take-out phone numbers, club directories, emergency phone numbers and phone messages.
No more scraps of paper, missing numbers or scribbled phone books!
Home Management Divider
Bring it all back home! The Home Management divider holds information central to house and home. Cleaning, entertaining, decorating and household storage information find a home here.
Consider these ideas for the Home Management divider:
- household cleaning schedule
- seasonal chore checklists
- children's chore checklists
- home inventory
- home decorating ideas
- party planners
- car maintenance schedule
- stain removal guide
- recycling locations
- home storage inventory
- yard sale checklist
Family and School Divider
Family is where the heart is--and deserves its own divider. This section tracks information needs of family members and family life:
- personal information page for each family member
- clothing sizes tracker
- master occasions list (birthdays, anniversaries)
- gift suggestion list
- birthday party ideas
- recommended Web sites
- list of DVD/videos to rent
- list of books to read
- library information
Families with school-aged children will want to add a school divider to hold:
- school schedules and holiday list
- lunch menus
- carpool schedule
- school information page
- school reading lists
- homeschool records
- summer programs information.
Health and Fitness
Organize family health care with a Health and Fitness divider. Have a medical emergency? Grab the Household Notebook on the way to the Emergency Room. Visit to the pediatrician? Use this section to record illnesses, medication and medical history.
Types of information to file in the Health and Fitness section include:
- diet trackers
- blood pressure record
- first aid kit checklist
- medical information sheet for each family member
- emergency directory
- medical authorization form
- prescription drug record
- insurance information
- pet health records
Travel and Activities
Time for fun! The Travel and Activities divider covers the extra-curricular activities that make life worthwhile. Hobby, church, club, sports, volunteer, vacation and travel ideas are included here.
Your Household Notebook may have several dividers for this purpose. Are you part of a musical chorale? Give it a divider. Do the children play serious soccer? Divide it up!
What belongs in these sections? Any and every piece of paper pertaining to that activity. Prayer chain lists. Sports information sheets. Lists for travel and camping.
These sections will vary from family to family, but here are some ideas:
- picnic planner
- travel packing checklist
- before-we-leave checklist
- camping checklist
- vacation idea list
- house-sitter information sheet
- PTA newsletters and rosters
- church prayer circle list
- Scouting or PTA materials