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Old 12-11-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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I want to have one, now that our family is 6-people big and there are so many things to keep track of! I was reading this today http://notebook.organizedhome.com/di...ehold-notebook. Sounds great~

do any of you do this?
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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I did something similar for a couple of years. I based my planner on the Control Journal concept by Fly Lady. I loved it. The best suggestion that I used was to make daily schedules that fit into clear plastic page protectors. Using a dry erase pen you can cross the items off your list and then wipe it clean when the day is done. I think I'll go read your link more thoroughly to glean new ideas to help me tweak my system.
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I have something similar that I affectionately refer to as "my brain". This is what mine "looks" like:

Before any tabs are my daily or weekly planning pages. Whichever I happen to be using ATM. I have to switch these up routinely when I start getting bored with them.

First tab is "Calendar". These aren't "here and now" calendars. These are for dates beyond my current planner pages. I have a page each with yearly calendars for 2010, 2011 and 2012. I have monthly calendars for each month of 2010 and 2011. I throw away the monthly page after I transfer the events to my planner page AND recurring events to the next year's monthly calendar page.

Then, I have a tab for "Faith". Bible reading schedules, articles I want to read, quotes that I want to look back at, etc.

Finance. Checking journal. Bank statements (I scan Jan-June and July-Dec statements when I've accumulated a set, store them on a memory card and shred the statements then, so I never have more than 5 months of statements in the binder at once.) I also have receipts in this section for warranted items that I may need in the future. I glance at them when I scan statements to see what can be discarded.

Home: Holiday planning pages. Cleaning pages will go here when/if I drop out of the HBChallenges.

H/S. H/S planning stuff and ideas get parked here periodically.

Meals. Meal planning forms. Grocery shopping list forms. Recipes that I want to try out before transferring to a card to put into my recipe binder.

Medical: Medical records. Lab results. Insurance information. Medication dosing charts (tylenol, motrin, etc.)

Reference: Address and phone numbers. Birthday list. Account/reward numbers.
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I have a home management binder. I it.

I have it filled with inspirational pictures. Each section is tabbed, with a pic that makes sense with the section.

I have my daily schedule, cleaning schedules, meal plans, shopping lists, a list of what is needed to make each meal, my usual recipies so I don't have to flips through different books all the time, contacts, inspirational articles.

I also have all the schdules and charts on my comp so I can edit and reprint if needed. Or for my shopping list, I have it down with everything I need right down to smallest ingredient. So then on shopping day, I just delete all the things I have on hand.
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I have one that I really love and I've posted several posts on my blog about it. I haven't finished that "series" yet, but you're welcome to check it out: http://oneweirdmama.wordpress.com/ta...ment-notebook/ Scroll to the bottom to start at the first post.
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I have mine--and I have been meaning to get it reorganized for 2010. The thing is, dh is doing most of the housekeeping stuff and he is as clueless as I was when I was trying to organize with 5 children I got organized and can do it all without the notebook now--but he has to do it and I have been frustrated with him for not being able to do it as well I realized this last week, when I stepped back and looked with clarity, that I don't have to make it be as hard for dh as it was for me. Rather than resent the fact that I can't do what I worked so hard to be able to do--I can equip him to do it and he can build on what I started (and possibly make it even better )
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Here is the idea that has really spoken to me. I can be rather flighty and I also have perfectionist tendencies, so this has worked out really well for me so far.
That is gorgeous! I would relax looking at something like that. but would feel icky taking time to do it. But, my BFF in college made one, and I loved looking at hers. She's single and might enjoy making one for me.
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That is gorgeous! I would relax looking at something like that. but would feel icky taking time to do it. But, my BFF in college made one, and I loved looking at hers. She's single and might enjoy making one for me.
This one I totally didn't get at first. I'm all about crafty stuff. But this had me . I went back to it today, and read through the end...she said it's nice "to write down the date and all the lovely little snippets of the day". That I could do/would do. Maybe at some point I'll do a memory journal or something like that...I just can't imagine being organized with something like that. I'd personally stay as scattered as I am right now.
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is it possible you are equating right-brained and artistic with disorganized? Organization does not look the same for a right-brained artistic person, but it does not have to be disorganization. I have learned that "disorganized" has often meant "trying hard to follow left brained ideas and use left brained tools and having them be ineffective".

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is it possible you are equating right-brained and artistic with disorganized? Organization does not look the same for a right-brained artistic person, but it does not have to be disorganization. I have learned that "disorganized" has often meant "trying hard to follow left brained ideas and use left brained tools and having them be ineffective".

"Organizing for the Creative Mind"
maybe ... I keep thinking/feeling that if I could get things "sorted" nicely I might keep things straight a little better. But so far, I have never found a good "system".

Is that a book?


Right now I'm in the process of holding a sleepy but hungry baby, and when he's again fed and sleepING, I'm going to finish decorating my notebook and take a picture.
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is it possible you are equating right-brained and artistic with disorganized? Organization does not look the same for a right-brained artistic person, but it does not have to be disorganization. I have learned that "disorganized" has often meant "trying hard to follow left brained ideas and use left brained tools and having them be ineffective".

"Organizing for the Creative Mind"
Crystal, would you mind sharing how you organized homekeeping with 5 children as a right-brained person? I'd love to hear about it.

I've read "Organizing for the Creative Mind" and the things I'm going to try and incorporate this year are the To-Do list based on priority, a global overview of the month and upcoming months, and I'm going to experiment with organizing my day like the chronotebook (i.e. a clock at the center of the page and that's it).
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This one I totally didn't get at first. I'm all about crafty stuff. But this had me . I went back to it today, and read through the end...she said it's nice "to write down the date and all the lovely little snippets of the day". That I could do/would do. Maybe at some point I'll do a memory journal or something like that...I just can't imagine being organized with something like that. I'd personally stay as scattered as I am right now.
I know it's not for everybody, just what has worked for me. Here is another one of her blog posts about how she organizes her planning: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2007/...ning-days.html Maybe that would help to explain a bit better?

Also, as a bonus, here is a beautifully encouraging entry on scheduling our days: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2007/08/new-days.html
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I know it's not for everybody, just what has worked for me. Here is another one of her blog posts about how she organizes her planning: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2007/...ning-days.html Maybe that would help to explain a bit better?

Also, as a bonus, here is a beautifully encouraging entry on scheduling our days: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2007/08/new-days.html
Now I get it.

here's another just like her idea, with lots of pictures. http://eyesofwonder.typepad.com/my_w...ing/index.html

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