Creating a Household Notebook

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Ever wonder what happened to that grocery list made yesterday or not understand why the pediatrician’s phone number seems impossible to locate when a child becomes ill?

Does planning a date night seem like an impossible task because the idea of writing down baby’s schedule, hiring a babysitter and tidying the house make you feel completely exhausted?

It seems sometimes that life would be a lot easier, perhaps even a bit more fun, if the home was organized.  However, the goal of organization can appear to be unattainable, leaving behind a feeling of being sentenced to a life of clutter and semi-chaos. However, you can minimize such clutter and restore a bit of balance into the home by creating a household notebook from a binder, some paper, and a few resources on the Internet.

A household notebook is a binder created to house a family’s important information. It can contain such details as children’s health information, pet information, details for babysitters, menu plans, grocery lists, home repair information, important phone numbers, and school information. It serves as an excellent tool to keep an active family moving, reducing the energy drain and confusion household clutter can create. A household notebook can be created in a few simple steps.

How to make a Home Reference Notebook:

  • Gather the needed supplies. A sturdy three ring binder, page dividers, pens, paper, and a hole punch are all items necessary when making a household notebook. Other items that might be needed include sheet protectors, a pencil pouch, and post-it notes.
  • Decide upon categories. Make a list of the information that will be kept in the household notebook and see how it can be categorized. Some typical categories for household notebooks include family information, menu planning, important phone numbers, holidays, pet information, and school. The household notebook is personalized to one’s specific household. Create categories that work for the family.
  • Gather all the needed information. The Internet is a great source for finding downloadable forms perfect for a household notebook. Child information sheets, home information, menu planning tools, and lists for babysitters are all forms that one can utilize in their household notebook.
  • Just do it! After collecting supplies, deciding upon categories, and gathering information sit down and make the household notebook. It can be as simple or as fancy as one desires. However, the notebook can not serve the family if it is never created. Schedule a time to compile all the important information of the family and place it into a household notebook.

Last fall, I created my own home reference notebook. Sure, things were a bit chaotic for awhile before the organization of owning such a tool every settled in. The living room was covered in paper and debris for about a week and I wrecked complete havoc on the family’s filing cabinet. But eventually the notebook came together.

Wanna take a peek?

family notebook

For my household notebook, I purchased one pad of coordinating scrapbook paper, a three ring binder, page dividers and plastic page covers. I knew if I didn’t make my household notebook semi-cute, that I would not be interested in using it.

I bought paper that coordinated with my kitchen (colors of red, yellow, and sage) so the notebook would not look too obvious in its resting place on the kitchen counter.

Next, I created categories. I currently have ten categories in my household notebook.

To make the dividers, I again used scrap booking paper. I glued it onto simple dividers and wrote the section names on the front.

My household notebook also has a pocket of useful tools. This pocket contains two Sharpie fine point pens, scissors, hole-punch, and a calculator. It could really use a roll of Scotch tape…but the four year old in my house recently developed a deep love for tape.

After creating the notebook, I simply filled it with the information needed.

Whenever the husband calls and says we should get a babysitter for the evening, I have all the needed info right at my fingertips. Whenever a child becomes sick and I need to relay information about our closet pharmacy to the doctor’s office, I have the numbers easily accessible.  My grocery list is tidy, my cleaning schedule is set and my calendar is up-to-date.

My house is still a bit chaotic. There are days (weeks even) when I fall off the cleaning schedule wagon. There are times when I cannot find a phone number to save my life. Although my notebook has not completely transformed me into Super Mommy!, I can now easily access my son’s preschool class list and quickly get my hands on the phone number of the nearest 24 hour pharmacy.



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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.

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