The Household Calendar

Page Updated on November 24, 2007 Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages How to Set Up Your Calendar Print Monthly Calendars Print Your Schedules Bind It Divide It Clip It Make a Quick Flip Marker (Optional) Calendar Tips LOOK AT IT! There’s no point in doing all of this if you don’t bother to look at your schedule daily. If you don’t have a habit of looking in your binder every day, post your schedule in a place where you will see it every day, like on your refrigerator. Monthly Reminders Use your monthly calendar to remind you of…

What is a Household Notebook / Household Organizer?

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 What Should We Call It? Sometimes it’s called a household organizer, a household binder, a household notebook, a household information book, a home file book, a home organizer, a home notebook, the family organizer, a control journal (popularized by the FlyLady), a household management book, and a ton of other names. In my home, we call it “The Book.” (You could call yours Fred if you want.) What Is a Household Notebook? A home organizer is just like a personal organizer that you carry around with your but acts as a central information center…

Supplies You Need for a Household Notebook

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 3-Ring Binder Avoid binders with too many rings or lose pages. Get yourself a 3 ring binder . I highly recommend getting one that has lots of pockets for things like pencils, stamps, calculators, etc. That way, you’ll always have frequently used items available when you need them. Hole Punch Some people like the single hole punch, but I prefer the bulkier three-hole punches. Three-hole punches are best because they quickly let you punch all three holes at once in exactly the correct place, eliminating the need to line up your paper with your…

Projects

Content Updated October 13, 2007 We all have some sort of project going on in our home at any one time. This is the section where you can keep important information about such projects. These, of course, are moderately sized projects that don’t require tons of paperwork and record keeping. Here are some project ideas that you can keep track of in this section: Picnics Parties Vacation / Traveling Camping School / Work / Church Events Expecting a Baby Expecting Guests for a Long Stay Redecorating a room Small hobby projects Getting Healthy Projects to Keep Separate If you’re working…

What You Should NOT Put in Your Home Organizer

Content first written in 2002; updated October 13, 2007 Information You Wouldn’t Share With a Stranger Avoid putting any information in your notebook that you don’t want available for house sitters, child care takers, pet sitters, or burglars to see. For example, financial records for banks and credit cards that include account numbers, social security numbers, etc. If your household organizer is stolen or you end up hiring a sitter who isn’t as trustworthy as you thought, such personal information can be used for identity theft. Instead, keep such records in a locked file cabinet. Huge, Bulky Projects If you…

Phone Numbers and Addresses

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 I recommend using an app to organize your addresses. Such programs allow you to quickly update your addresses, share them with you PDA, and print them in an attractive, legible format. Free Directory Pages Print them out and quickly keep in touch. Friends and Family It is wise to have all the addresses and phone numbers of friends and family members of everyone in your home ready to be looked up by last name (in alphabetical order) in case you need to contact Great Aunt Sophie for an event, such as a birthday, or…

Master Lists

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 Master lists are important for updating new calendars, to-do lists, etc. You can organize your master to-do lists by intervals (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.) or by subject (e.g. auto maintenance, pet vaccinations, etc.). Master event lists, which you will use to fill in your calendar each year, should be organized by event (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) or by date (e.g. all the events to take place during January, February, etc.). Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Here are some master list ideas: Daily chores Weekly chores Monthly chores Seasonal chores Yearly…

Individual Information

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 Having information on each individual in your household can save precious time during an emergency, make gift shopping much easier, and can save the babysitter or pet-sitter from a headache. Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Important Information (for each individual) Photograph of individual Full legal name & nicknames Birth date Blood type Height Weight Description of distinguishing marks, such as scars, birthmarks, tattoos, etc. Chronic medical problems Allergies Medications frequently taken School name, address, phone number, and grade Employer’s name, address, and phone number along with individual’s position held Gift Ideas (for…

Emergency Information

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Your emergency section contains important information for family members, sitters, and guests for a variety of emergency situations. Make sure sitters, nannies, aids, and family members all know about the emergency section of the notebook. Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Make sure that your emergency section contains at least the following information: General Emergencies Your home address, telephone number, nearest cross streets, and directions to your home from major roads Reminder to call 911 in case of an emergency Phone number the poison control office (1-800-222-1222) Phone number for your local police Phone…

Making the Household Organizer: How to Put a Household Notebook / Organizer Together

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 Once you get your supplies (see Supplies You Need for a Household Notebook), you’ll need to assemble everything. Set Up Your Dividers Be Logical Set up your sections in a logical way, so other family members won’t have to fumble through the notebook to find what they needs. It’s best to put frequently used and important sections (e.g. emergency information) closer to the front, so they can be found quickly. Group Things Together Don’t try to make a section for every little thing. For example, I’ve seen people make one section for “daily chores,”…