So this is my household notebook binder. I’ve had this binder for a lot of years now. In all honesty, I would love, love, love a new one. I saw these Greenroom Binders – you can find them at Target – and fell in love. But, when it comes down to parting with $8.00… I just can’t do it. I could use a larger binder since the one I am using is bulging and literally cannot hold another sheet of paper.
Okay, so here’s what inside my notebook:
You open it up and find pencil case that I purchased a few years ago at Wal-Mart during th back-to-school clearance sale. I like pink. In the side pocket you’ll find one of those little 2 year calendars that was given to me by another pastor’s wife. I don’t use them ordinarily. But it was given to me about the time my hens started laying eggs and I thought why not! I use it to keep track of daily egg counts.
And it makes me happy.
Next, I have lots of page protectors filled with sheets I printed out that I use a wet-erase marker to write on. The first is a place for “Reminders” – obviously I have nothing currently important enough to remind myself here.
I purchased little plastic divider tabs at Wal-Mart and stuck them in the appropriate places on the sheet protectors.
Next, we have our “In Case of Emergency” contact information.
And then I have a print out of our family schedule – which, in truth, really need updating.
Next is the section for my daily planning. I love this set up. Things that don’t change I have permanently written on the pages. But then I have space each day to write in things I need to remember with the wet-erase marker. Each day has a place for “Daily Responsibilities and Schedules,” “Cleaning and Home Maintenance,” “Running Project List,” Post It Notes, “Today’s Menu,” “Daily Focus Activity,” and “Don’t Forget.”
When I printed these out, I had to cut and past the Cleaning and Home Maintenance onto Sunday and cut and paste “Sabbath Day Activities” onto Saturday since we keep the seventh-day sabbath.
The next section has my weekly shopping list. I write directly on the sheet protector with my marker! Then, I have several pages of blank menus that I can fill in for each week.
Next I have my One Year Meal Rotation Plan. And a section of for chores – which I forgot to photograph.
Next, is the calendar section. First, is the Birthday and Anniversary section. I can place cards I have purchased inside the sheet protector.
Then, my “Goals,” which I never filled out, oops!
A journal page for each month:
A Blog Calendar:
I found most of these wonderful free printouts at: Prepared Not Scared. I recently read that you can use a Sharpie on laminated pages and use Expo Dry Erase Marker cleaners to remove them and they don’t smudge. So I think I may give that a try since the wet-erase markers do smudge somewhat – not as bad a dry-erase markers, though.
What’s in your notebook?
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