Home Organizer Notebook. Also known as a Homemaking Journal

A Home Organizer for Getting Things Together at Home

I first discovered the wonders of the Home Organizer in the Emilie Barnes book, Survival for Busy Women, that I picked up at a garage sale. Emilie went into detail about how her own upbringing had prepared her for her future where she found herself keeping home with 5 little ones under 5 while also pregnant. Through this very taxing time Emilie discovered the tools needed to survive and manage an extremely busy home life and a ministry was founded. Strangely enough I had always made organizing binders in my work and with organizations I was involved in. Making one for the home only made sense!

So I started to put together my own binder to organize our home family life and the rest is history.

Homemaking Binder
Homemaking Binder

What Is A Home Organizer

and how can it help me?

Sometimes called a Homemaking Journal or a Household Notebook, a Control Journal or a Housekeeping Binder. Home Organizers are nothing new but have come full circle to help frazzled mothers and families keep on top of busy schedules and basic household chores.

An advanced version of a to-do list, a home organizer is one of the best ways to organize a busy family.

During the Victorian era how to books for the new wife on the basics of cooking, cleaning, handling servants, and child rearing were in excess. It wasn't a matter of finding a good resource it was a matter of choosing which one.

Many women kept notes of their daily to-do and hints and recipes their mother's passed on. Women in the American South wrote thick book of their specialized brand of southern hospitality homemaking.

The same can be said today. Nothing to sneeze at a Homemaking Journal can help immensely in organizing your family and home. If you've ever made a list from which to work from and noticed that you seemed to accomplish quite a bit when your tasks were laid out in front of you, you can only imagine how much a home organizer can help you keep it together. From cutting clutter, to meal planning, from children's schedules to your daily routine it's a must.

Visit Homemaking Organized for some free printables and examples of Home Organizers

But in the meantime read on for more about what exactly is a Home Organizer

So What Should Go Into Your Home Organizer ?

Some ideal sections for your home organizer.

Everyone has different ideas of what is needed in their family organizer.

A Home Organizing Journal is a central control notebook for all the things related to you, your home, and your family. It carries within it lists on maintaining your home, schedules for all members of your immediate family, and reminders of things you need to do.

Here's a brief overview of some you may find are important to include in a family organizing notebook in addition to your basic monthly or weekly calendar...

1. Daily Routine: These are the things that don't change from

day to day. Such as breakfast, morning devotions, exercise, thaw

dinner, take out garbage. It can be as basic or as detailed as you want


2. Daily To Do List: : This page is all of the things you have to

do for the current day that aren't a regular part of your daily

routine. Appointments for that day. Calls you need to make. Which area

of your home you are cleaning. Your menus for the day. This list will

change constantly so it's sometimes easier to have an erasable planner

page for this or a pack of tear off sheets.

3. Weekly Routine: This is a list of the things you do

differently from day to day but they don't change from week to week.

For example Wednesday may be the day you run your errands and Monday

the day you do laundry.

4. Detailed Home Cleaning Instructions: (check out put your home

on a schedule) This section of your planner will include the regular

routines for the upkeep of your home. It is finely detailed for each

room or area of your home. Such as; wipe walls, vacuum under bed, wash

curtains. It gets very detailed so don't hurry in making this list and

expect to add to it as time goes on.

5. Family Budget Worksheet: This planner page or area is a sheet

showing the regular bills and monetary responsibilities for each month.

You can check them off as they are paid through the month.

6. Important Numbers: These are numbers for people like your pediatrician, plumber, computer repair etc. Emergency type numbers also go here.

7. Weekly Menu Plan: If you are organizing your meals and/or meal planning this

would be the sheet showing your meals for the current week all on one


There is much more that can go into your home organizer!

Have You Ever Heard of a Home Organizer?

Have you ever heard of using a planner to organize your home ?

  • Yes. In fact I have a very nice one I put together.
  • No I have never heard of such a thing.
  • I've heard of them but that's all. Never considered using one.
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Put Your Home On A Cleaning Schedule

Making a list of your regular cleaning chores to keep in your home binder can keep your home in tip top shape.

If you find yourself constantly missing areas of cleaning when trying to keep up your home consider making an appointment with each room in your house.

Make a housekeeping schedule to plan when you will do your cleaning and in what room.

Putting your cleaning on a calendar can help you because...

1. A housekeeping schedule keeps you from wasting valuable time trying to figure out what needs to be done and where.

2. A housekeeping schedule should be flexible enough to allow for such pleasant interruptions as your children, spouse, or company.

What gets done depends on your individual household but here is a basic list to tweak to meet your needs.


  • Dishes
  • Wipe down often used bathrooms
  • Wipe kitchen counters and sweep floor
  • Make beds
  • Tidy - Bedrooms, Dining Room, Living / Family Room


  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Purge fridge of leftovers
  • Clean bathrooms


  • Vacuum under furniture
  • Clean oven
  • Clean fridge
  • Seasonally:
  • Have rugs / carpet professionally cleaned
  • dry clean seasonal clothing
  • Turn mattresses
  • Have furnace / air conditioner tuned

So now you have your list, how do you keep track of it? Well it's a good idea to have in writing when you will be cleaning. From daily to weekly to monthly jot in your planner, wall calendar, bulletin board what time is set aside for you to keep your home in order.

Think of how the professionals do it. Have you ever noticed the sheet on public restrooms that gets marked and dated when it has been cleaned? Of course you don't need to post your list for all to see but put it in a place where you can refer to it.

Cleaning your home will take time and effort. Organizing your cleaning efforts can help to to keep from becoming a slave to your home and from abandoning the schedule altogether and letting chaos reign.

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More Home Organizing Tools and Books

These are some great books to help you organize home and life. Yes many of them are in my own personal library and the rest I've been checking out from the library.

Thank you for stopping by! 39 comments

wahm-suzanne 9 years ago

Great lense on Home Organizing! The Fly Lady is great ... had forgotten about her. I'll stop by again to see you ... *SmiLes* Suzanne

NicoleBandes 9 years ago

Good start. Thanks for the valuable info.

Ms_Appleseed 9 years ago

Nice collection of resources. I needed this years ago! Thanks for sharing.

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Darla Dixon 8 years ago

There are great free printables for a home journal at Organized Home and I have really found it helpful. (good one to add to your page) ... Good job on this lens, I saw your post on Mompack. Darla

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tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

This is a great resource! Please join the new Squidoo "Best Tips for Homemakers" group!

FitSteph 7 years ago

Wow what a great lens. And if anyone is looking for an easy place to track and plan your meals This is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

Cleanerman 6 years ago

how many votes can one give? all mine would go for the dyson. and the 0 points for all the rest. Great lens by the way. We use 2 dysons in our commercial home cleaning business. they are great. lightweight, powerful, simple and well designed, add indestructible and you can see why we love them. Cleanerman


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eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

Great lens! Lens rolling to my Home Management binder lens!

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eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

Great lens! Lens rolling to my Home Management binder lens!

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TrishH LM 6 years ago

I have been wanting to get a home management binder but have never really tried it yet. I think it would make things a little easier. =-) Nice lens.

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aesta1 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Now that you have clearly laid it out, I will try to do one. I use a big box and damp everything in there but it takes time rummaging through the box when I need the number of the butcher. Time wasting, really.

marsha32 5 years ago

a control journal when I used one sure had my house cleaner than it ever was before. It's a must that I get myself back into order with this new year.

Blessed by a Squid Angel and Happy New Year!!

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TheFargoNetwork 5 years ago

Great tips, I learn something new everyday in the cleaning biz.


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WorldVisionary 5 years ago

i feel more organized already! Blessed by a Squid Angel

EpiphanyLondon 5 years ago

Great information - thanks! :-D

anonymous 5 years ago

It's harder and harder to put everything on place because this modern fast life.I mean everybody are in a harry. When you have big family then it's even harder to make comfortable home.Every idea about home organization is is appreciated.Thanks for sharing.

yourgoldenfuture 5 years ago

good idea with this book...

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AnnsHomeDecor 5 years ago

Great advice with your lens. Love it!

amandahobbs 5 years ago

Hey great idea. Nicely written post. I enjoyed it and got the much-needed information

careermom 5 years ago

Good idea. I had forgotten my mother having one when I was little. Super idea

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sdtechteacher 5 years ago

This is a good idea. I think I have the flylady one, need to revisit it.

Lisenly 5 years ago

I am so glad that I have got what I want here, thank you, and by the way, my website is dyson dc14.

KatieRyan 5 years ago

Keeping a home well-organized will surely bring a comfortable feeling. A notebook is a way to get organized. Nice lens!

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iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Excellelnt lens, very inspiring and informative! Thank you for the much needed inspiration to make a few positive changes! :)

karen123456 5 years ago

This is just the information I am finding everywhere.Me and my friend were arguing about an issue similar to this! Now I know that I was right.Thanks for the information you post. I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog.

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pd6914 5 years ago

I used to follow the FlyLady's zone cleaning. Step 1: Put on your shoes and make sure the kitchen sink is clean. Unfortunately I'm still working on getting more consistent with keeping up with cleaning and organizing. Thanks for your info. :)

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yayas 5 years ago

Always looking to find more tips an' trips for staying on top 'uh things. Thanks so much.

mortgageeducation 4 years ago

Great article. I never thougth about doing this for my home. You do things like this for work (to do list, organizational stuff). It's a great way of not forgetting or leaving important things out for yoru home. My clients who are home buyers could use this info.

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anonymous 4 years ago

That was really an informative lens giving so much fruitful tips on managing the households. If all the household staff follow the strategies which you mentioned above then I don't think managing house would be a big mess.

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Leilani-m 4 years ago

Love this, I will definitely use one of these. I tend to get overwhelmed in chores

RobinDM 4 years ago

Thank you so much! Very encouraging for one who often "falls off the organizing wagon"!

RhondaSplint 4 years ago

I could definitely use some organization!Great lens.

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ashramko 4 years ago

Awesome home organizer! Great lens.

What about organizing your small business, and your appointments?

There are some great schedulers out there as well;)

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GreenfireWiseWo 4 years ago

Great ideas - thank you.

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DianaHarper LM 4 years ago

Emilie Barnes is one of my favorite authors! Liked. Pinned. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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Chocolatealchemy 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Great Lens and what a fabulous idea! Thanks for all the tips.

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easy home clean 3 years ago Author

Thank you everyone. For the pins, the blessings, the likes. It means a lot.

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ehomedesignidea1 3 years ago

I always have a home organizer! Makes life less stressful. :)

duyancomputer 22 months ago

really helpful suggestions, thanks !

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