Home Organizer Notebook. Also known as a Homemaking Journal
A Home Organizer for Getting Things Together at Home
So I started to put together my own binder to organize our home family life and the rest is history.
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.
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.
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 ?
More Hours in Your Day
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.
- Wipe down often used bathrooms
- Wipe kitchen counters and sweep floor
- Make beds
- Tidy - Bedrooms, Dining Room, Living / Family Room
- Purge fridge of leftovers
- Clean bathrooms
- Vacuum under furniture
- Clean oven
- Clean fridge
- 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.
Homemaking 201 DVD
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.