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How to Build a Home Organization Notebook

Updated on October 28, 2008
Photo:  Michael L, Flickr
Photo: Michael L, Flickr

This might be the take-out menu section of your home notebook. But if you eat out this much, you may need a separate binder just for menus!


No matter what format you use to keep your family organized and on schedule, a home organization notebook can be a valuable addition to any well-run home.

What You Need:

  • Three ring notebook
  • Tabbed folders
  • Paper
  • Sheet protectors

What goes in a family organization notebook? Here's a list of common items and tabs:


Addresses and phone numbers

Emergency phone numbers

Babysitter information sheets

Phone trees

To Do lists

Medical records

Take out menus

Travel checklists

Shopping lists

Clothing and shoe sizes

Family favorite recipes

The idea is not to try to put everything into the notebook, but only those things that your family needs on a daily or weekly basis. You may also want to have enough information in the notebook so that you can ‘grab-and-go' when leaving the house, knowing that you have everything you need. (Mine has printed maps and directions to hockey rinks in five states!)

The Notebook Makes Life Easier

Putting together a notebook is a wonderful way to get all your information in one place to access easily, but it can be so much more. For example, the babysitter page can be used to avoid those awkward conversations. Simply print up a list of rules along with your cell phone numbers and emergency information.

Slip the information into a sheet protector and file it in the notebook. When the sitter comes, just take it out and set it on the counter. This should get you out of having to tell each sitter that your home computer is not for Facebook surfing and that the front door remains locked at all times.

Great Idea - Who Has the Time?

You've read this far and you're thinking, sure this would be great, but I don't have the time to put this all together. I understand. Mine took a while to formulate, and it's still evolving. All you need to start is a notebook and some paper. Then next time you reach for the phone book to call your favorite pizza place, jot down the number and add it to your notebook.

Over time you'll collect the resources that are important for your family. It doesn't have to be this big project and it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it never will be so you may as well just give up the excuses and start already!

What's Next?

Sections you may want to develop in your family notebook:

  • Planning - calendars, vacations, major purchases
  • Contacts - names, addresses
  • Family information like clothing sizes and birthdays
  • School information and calendars
  • Meals & Menus
  • Money & Finance

Want more? In Home Organization Notebook: The Sections, I go into more detail about what sections you might need and what to include in them.


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    mrcheaplaptops 8 years ago

    Good information. Thank you very much.

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    Lela Davidson 9 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Oh yeah, it is SOOOOO simple. I suppose it would be if we did everything *just* right. But we don't. If I followed all my advice all the time I would be awesome! Keep the faith, you'll be fine.

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    amusco12808 9 years ago

    i love your hubs. i am a new mother, and completely didn't expect to be as disorganized, neurotic, put offish, and absent minded as i now am! you make it so simple!

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    amusco12808 9 years ago

    i love your hubs. i am a new mother, and completely didn't expect to be as disorganized, neurotic, put offish, and absent minded as i now am! you make it so simple!

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    trish1048 9 years ago

    Organized? Somehow that word got lost from my vocabulary,,,,,thanks for the reminder!

    A very good idea!

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    Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    I am never organised, you should see my desk where sitting now!! Great idea although have to buy a bigger handbag again too. Now thats a good excuse.

    Good hub

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    About-The-Home 9 years ago

    You make it look so easy.

    One day I'll get myself organised!!

  • MrMarmalade profile image

    MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

    A tremendous concept.

    I have printed out for Val to commence as her next project.

    Val took a degree in Libraianism some yewars ago as she need to be able to reaerch areas for her work.

    Now she is the Family's official chronlogist.

    Thank you

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    Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

    I love this! I love being organized, so this is awesome.