Having a central command station for all things “home” can be very helpful in getting through each day. So much paper goes through a house, and without a place to store and organize it, things can get disorganized quickly. When I set out to put mine together, I read many blog posts about them, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to do to make mine perfect for our house. It has evolved over time, and I hope it will be a useful tool. I have created a video to visually share my notebook, but first, here are the categories I have in it, and a short description of each:
1. Planning: The first section has laminated planning pages galore! There are daily, weekly, and monthly planners, a master “to-do” list, and even a place for me to plan out my errands.
2. Meal Planning: This section is filled with past week’s menu plans, recipes, and blank printables for upcoming shopping and planning. I have found that planning as far ahead as possible with our meals is so helpful, and saves us alot of money.
3.. Exercise: I am currently 37 weeks pregnant, so this section has been a little dormant for awhile. Usually, this is where I have exercise tracking printables to log the exercise that I am doing each day. This is also a great place to tear out those little workout ideas from magazines when a home workout is all I can fit in. I guess it is time to get this section reorganized and ready to bust off that baby weight in just a few short weeks!
4. Cleaning: We are still using some help to clean our house every other week, but the plan is for that to change shortly after I have the baby. Freeing up that money in our budget now that I am no longer working would be a good thing. I have printed several cleaning routines (weekly, monthly, and seasonal) to make housekeeping more manageable.
5. In Case of Emergency /Household Maintenence: This section has those important tracking documents to use for emergencies or when we need a record of when we maintained a car/appliance, etc. Not a fun section, but a very important one!
Note: I mentioned printables frequently throughout this post. I primarily use Clean Mama Printables to organize our home. If you aren’t familiar with the “printable” concept, you purchase one of her organizational documents, and then you can print it as many times as you need. I chose to laminate the documents that I thought I would use more frequently to save paper. I love supporting this mama’s etsy shop, and her blog is a must read for those that want to become more organized. You many want to “Like” her on Facebook, too, because she usually posts daily reminders to help you stay on track. Love her!
I have included a video in this post for those of you that are visual like me! It’s a quick and easy way for you to see the finished product.
I know there are many of you that are SO organized, and have the calm house that I dream of! Feel free to share a link to an organizing post you’ve written on your blog, or share a favorite resource in the comments of this post. I would love to learn more from each of you, because organizing is truly a journey for this mama!
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