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…

How to Set Up Your Filing Cabinet

Content Updated October 3, 2007 A filing system is essential if you plan on having paperwork, and if you pay taxes, own a bank account, or go to the doctor you’re going to have paperwork. If you can’t afford a fancy filing cabinet, get a cheap one. If you can afford a cheap one, invest in some plastic storage boxes. If that’s still to expensive for your current financial situation, settle on some sturdy cardboard boxes. All you need are some filing folders and a marker. Hanging file folders are optional but come in handy for setting up categories and…

What to Put in Your Safe Deposit Box

Content Updated October 3, 2007 There are some things that should not only be filed but protected from fire, flood, and theft. Often the best protection is a safe deposit box at a local bank. If you don’t have access to one or simply don’t like the idea of having to go to the bank to get access to your items, purchase a fireproof safe that can be bolted, from the inside, to the studs in your wall or floor to keep the documents safely in your home. Make sure you make a list of the contents of your safe…

Setting Up Your Home Workstation

Content Updated October 3, 2007 There are lots of places you can use to set up a workstation. You can use a desk or a corner of your kitchen. A closet can be converted into a workspace by adding some shelves, baskets, bins, and bulletin and memo boards on the door. A bookshelf or large cabinet can be converted in much the same way that you convert a closet but doesn’t require you to permanently alter your home. An office is perfect; it’s an entire room dedicated to being your workstation. There are a several things to consider when deciding…

Home Workstation / Home Office Supplies

Content Updated October 3, 2007 You will first need to get your home workstation supplies. Here are the basics that should be at every home workstation. Home Organizer This is where you keep track of everything: addresses, phone numbers, appointments, chores, etc. Learn how to make a household notebook / household organizer. “To Do” Box Every time something comes in that needs to be dealt with, such as bills to pay or forms to sign, place it in your “To Do” box. Accept that this box will rarely be empty, but always try to get as much done as possible…

Other Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Shop when the stores are least crowded. During regular business hours 9am to 5pm and after 9pm are when most people are doing other things, like working or sleeping. Avoid shopping between 4pm and 8pm because that’s when everybody shops after they get off of work. Try to find a 24-hour store, so you can shop in the middle of the night if that fits your schedule best. Shop online or via catalog. The money you save in shipping costs are often worth the cost of your time. Shopping on the Internet is also great…

Telephone Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Skip the phone books use your Internet directory. Just go to your favorite online phone directory and type in the name of the person or company you’re looking for. You’ll get any information that’s available in the phone book, plus things like maps to help you figure out where they are. Skip the yellow pages and use Tell Me when you travel. If you don’t have a cell phone with Internet access, try 1-800-555-TELL. It’s a wonderful system when you want to contact a travel company fast and free. You call it and it gives…

Routines for Starting Your Day

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Whether you wake up at 5:00 AM or 11:00 PM to start your day, you should have a “morning” routine to help you start your day off organized. Eat a healthy breakfast. (Don’t forget to feed the kids too.) Don’t skip this! Breakfast boosts your metabolism, gives you energy to get through the day, allows you to think better, and keeps you from nibbling on unhealthy snacks. (I like to eat breakfast in my pajamas.) Don’t forget your vitamins and medication. Watch or listen to the news or read the newspaper (from your doorstep or…