I'm a list maker. I can't help it, I just love to write out everything and see my thoughts all neat and organized. I've actually written out a to-do list with things I've already done, just so that I could have the satisfaction of crossing them off. But, my lists were getting out of control. A shopping list here, a Christmas list there, little scraps of paper with my precious reminders were getting lost in the shuffle of life.
Then I started to read some wonderful homemaking blogs, and all these supermoms had a household notebook. They would share pictures of these pretty notebooks packed full of their cleaning schedules, menu plans, to-do lists and everything else a list-addicted girl like me could want. Everything was typed out in cute fonts and printed on pretty paper with matching dividers.
Surely this was the badge of an expert homemaker.
I had to make one. I gathered all the supplies and then set to work printing all the forms. I had daily and weekly schedules, monthly menu plans, calender pages, cleaning schedules, pantry and freezer inventories, budget sheets...it went on and on.
I filed them all into a notebook and then had to smile at the organized beauty of it all. "This will make my life so much easier!"
The first thing I realized was that my meticulously planned cleaning schedules made no sense in this house full of kids. Why would I be worried about dusting the ceiling fan when my 2 year old just poured a whole gallon of milk on the floor? I had so many emergency messes to deal with during the day, I never had the time (or energy) to work on my daily assigned cleaning.
Then there were the inventories that I never remembered to update, the menu plans we didn't follow and the daily schedule that was completely unrealistic to my real life.
I was left with a notebook that made me feel like an unorganized mess...a failure as a homemaker. So I tucked it away and went on with my life.
A few months ago I dug it out again. I decided that I could make this work for me, if I made it for me. I can't live on someone else's schedule. This is my life and I need to keep it simple. I ripped out all the pages and started over. So here is my simple household notebook:
On the opposite side is a monthly/seasonal cleaning list. I also printed this from Money Saving Mom. Then I keep a few pages of notebook paper for my lists:
My Wish List
Yard work Projects
House Projects and Repairs