…Household Notebook…Home Companion Book… call it what you will, but essentially it is a tool for making your household a smooth-running one. One that’s actually organised and you know what’s potting under your own roof.
It seems to be all the buzz on Pinterest lately. So I thought I’d make one for us too. Me, being as disorganized as I am, this might actually just be what I need to get everyone straight and remember everything we need to do. I’m quite a loskop actually, and only remember certain things because I have wonderful twitter friends who send reminders of stuff on a regular basis
My mom asked me when A1′s school concert is, and I told her I think it’s in November somewhere, but I wasn’t really actually sure. But now I know for definite that it’s on the 19th of November, because it’s written so in our very own Home Management Diary
I trawled the interwebs for ideas and printables, hopefully free, because that’s how I roll. And where I found something, but didn’t like the look of, I recreated the idea in Word to suit my needs better. Some things were very Americanised, so I just localised it for me.
I also decided to start rather basic. I know myself, and I struggle maintaining stuff. I KNOW I won’t do meal plans, and I don’t need a cleaning schedule (yet). There’s no budget bit either, because I don’t do so well with the finances, so it’s not my problem. I also didn’t do the whole pouch thing where you keep pens and stuff, like most examples you see when you Google this thing.
Let me tell you about what I *did* do with ours:
- Something to wrap/decorate your binder with
- File dividers
- Various Tools like a paperpunch, glue, a pen, a highlighter etc..
Then I got some colorful dividers. I created an index card that matches the colors of the divider tabs and stuck that on the first divider. I did it this way instead of numbering the tabs, or trying to fit big words into a very small writing space. Also, this way, if I ever change my mind about a category, I can just re-print the index card and stick it over the old one.
Since I decided to stick with the basics, I went with Calendars, which contain an overall yearly view, where I can just highlight the important dates for a quick glance of the month/year. There’s also a monthly view for each month, so I can summarise upcoming events for the month and plan around that.
The next Tab is a weekly view, with blank date fields. This way, if nothing is happening in a particular week, I don’t have to waste a paper on it. These weekly views are nice to complete on a Sunday afternoon, so you know what your coming week entails. Also easy to stick on the fridge, so you can be reminded of those important dates/events/school things I always tend to forget.
I like this particular template, because I can make notes about specific/important things I need to remember. Much more detailed.
Next up is Medical Info. This Tab actually contains a few different things. First in is a medical info sheet for each one of us, containing Name, Medical Aid details, blood group and all our various doctors. GP, dentist, Paed, Gynae and then any specialists we might see, just a name, contact number and address. I can never seem to remember any of these, so it’s handy to have. Also nice for when someone other than me needs to contact any one of those.
My sheet is pink, and all the boys’ are yellow.
Next in here is a Medical History Tracking sheet. There will be one for each of us, that I will fill in from now as is necessary. This is a way for me to keep track of who was sick when, who did they see and which treatments were prescribed. The medication for me is specially important, because I can never remember the names of the antibiotics we were given. This will be filled in once per doctors’ visit.
Next up is a symptom/medicine tracker. I will be using this for the checking of general symptoms, and times where a child has complained about an upset stomach, or A2 has woken with a gunky eye (again), and what, if any, medication I have given them. Don’t think I will be tracking prescribed medicines here though. Just the once off stuff.
Lastly, in here I will be filing any medical research I might be doing. Whether it be teething symptoms or Ureaplasma urealyticum, it goes in the back here, so I can have it handy when deciding to act upon it.
Then we get to the School Tab. This contains a quick reference sheet to a child’s school, current class, teacher and extra mural activities they may be doing in the week.
(I’ve used a blank sheet as an example here, because I don’t really want you to know where my boy goes to school). There’s also space to add any other school contact people like the extra mural teachers or similar.
Then I added a few School Notes that I can cut out and use as necessary.
Behind this I’m putting any other important info pertaining to the school or their education. The school song, potential primary school introductory sheets etc.
Then I made an Invitations Tab. For any kind of invite we receive really. This will just help me in the long run. Something can now be in the calendar, without me squishing in the address and such, and I have the necessary info handy a few tabs on. Also, some invites are really nicely done and now I have an excuse to keep them.
Lastly, there’s the Artwork tab. This is where I can keep the artwork that somehow didn’t make it onto my office walls.
These are all the categories I have for now. It feels easily maintainable. This is a work in progress though, so this file will grow as time goes on. I’ve made the calendars for next year and put them in. I just made November and December for this year, because it’s all that’s left of the year. Can you believe it?
I spent many hours trawling and searching and saving templates that I thought might come in handy. I’d be more than happy to share it with you (they’re all freely available on the internet anyway, I’ve just saved you some time). The file is about 7MBs, zipped.
So, do you have a Home Management System going on? Will you make one, you think? How do you manage your home?
PS. Here’s to many more organised days in my future