My kids think he is creepy, my grandson said he is an elf, but whatever he is, he makes me smile.
This last year may of been my most fly-by-the-seat-of-my pants, unorganized year ever. I prefer to plan things ahead and have time to think about choices and decisions. So I am really hoping that 2014 will be smoother.
I tend to write lots of lists on spiral notebooks and then they get messy or switched around, with no real plan, just what I write in them. I've seen on several blogs about homekeeping notebooks and decided I need to do one of those.
I shopped online and at one store, seeing if I could buy a readymade one, but none of the ones I looked at had just the things in them that I need to plan and keep track of.
So, I made my own! First I bought a notebook and a package of 8 dividers, but when I was looking for my page protectors at home, I found an old notebook that would work fine. I returned the first notebook for a refund.
Mine has 8 sections so far, mainly because my dividers came in a package of 8.
The sections may change as the year goes on.
My 8 sections
1. bills, I used a printout from organizedhomelife.com called annual bill schedule, with a page protector behind it to hold the bills needing attention. Thankfully, we don't have stacks of bills every month and I pay most bills online so this section is not big. Some families will need a notebook dedicated just to their bills.
2. birthdays I used a printout from organizedChristmas.com and filled it in with family birthdays and anniversaries by the month. My father in law's birthday is in a few days so I noted beside his name what gift we sent.
3. Holidays- this section will be to keep menu plans and any special things I hope to do. So far, it is just a page protector holding our 2013 Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.
4. Kitchen- I put my freezer inventory here and used a printable at organizedhomelife.com for it.
I know this ticket is dated 2013 but it is part of my current spending period.
TheConfidentMom.com, one for each week. I can write things for each day as well as plans for the week. It also has a spot for menus.
7. Create- where I will plan and keep track of crafting and sewing projects,
8. Home- for projects and needs
There are oodles of free and pay to print printables on the sites I mentioned and on many other sites.
This system is what I think will work for me and it looks a lot tidier than my old spirals.
I am also pleased that the only money spent on it was buying the new dividers, and the printer ink. It is always nice when things come together in a frugal way.
What is your system for keeping up with these things?