Last week I shared the basics of what a household notebook is and how I suggest you set one up. One of the biggest mistakes people make with a household notebook or control journal is to overstuff it. You get all excited by the idea of getting organised that you follow every suggestion of things to include. The next thing you know it is 6 inches deep and collecting dust on your bookshelf (or lost amongst the household clutter).
I am going to feature a wide variety of printables below – please do not think about using them all! For each printable- note they are free (I really don’t think you need to pay for printables) and if you click the link it will take you to the actual site to download directly at the source. (Strangely two of the images are missing their details like column headings but, they are fine at the source)
I have previously shared printables for meal planning and organising your daily and weekly routines and to do lists. Some people keep these sheets in their household notebook and others keep them separate. I am in the latter camp as I see my household notebook more of a reference book rather than my day to day planning tool. I prefer not to have the book open in my office or kitchen, but rather store it on my bookshelf and grab it as needed through the week. I like to have my lists and plans as a visual reminder and out all the time. You need to find what works for you. Oftentimes you can be inspired by someone’s creation and then make your own one that suits your specific lists and needs.
If you have any areas in your life that have a lot of information required you may want to make a separate reference book rather than one section – this often happens in homes where there are major health issues warranting a whole health binder.
Some ideas of what to keep in each possible section:
Meal Planning and Kitchen related
In addition to all the meal planning, grocery shopping and stocktake ones I shared previously, I have to add a few more.
I love this monthly meal planner from Sissy Print.
I am now planning to use this adorable monthly lunch planner from Anything But Perfect next school year.
I will also add her weekly meal planner for those that like to plan all 3 meals each day.
Cleaning and Chore lists
I have said before I personally don’t like cleaning systems that tell you what to do each day as they are not personal to your life so I have not included any of the many chore sheets all over the web.
If you want to plan out your chores for the week and note what is happening daily this is a good basic document form Donna Young.
Squeezing a minute has a housework checklist you could put in a page protector and check things off as you go. Check out the post to see hers in action.
Another blank planning template for cleaning routines for daily, weekly and monthly is from Sunla Designs
Budget and Financials
I like this monthly budget from Sissy Print as it is simple and clean but covers most categories.
Buttoned up have a tracker for your outgoing expenses as well.
Schedules and Routines including school related
I shared a huge amount of printables related to your daily and weekly routines previously.
Our school has a simple form you fill in for lateness etc but these school notes from Anything but Perfect would be great to keep in your household notebook if you want to quickly communicate with your school. It covers late, absent and money being handed in.
Miscellaneous (or Household Life / personal information)
Babysitter information – from Life your way
Very cute babysitter information sheet from Perideau Designs.
Things on Loan – also from Life your way is the method I use to keep track of who has my books and DVDs. Think about the camping gear you lend out in bits and pieces, your tools, a dress your friend casually borrows…
Project planning will be a breeze with this printable from Perideau designs. Use one page per project and track what needs to be done and when.
I have been using this website password and log-ins sheet for years and it is easily amongst my most referred to pages in my household notebook. I don’t put any passwords linked to financial sites here, but so many sites now require variations like “must include numbers and letters” that I cannot keep track without this sheet.
Anything but perfect is sharing monthly blank calendars that are just adorable – adding a new one each month means you can’t get a whole year at once though…and the themes are Northern hemisphere oriented (hence snowmen in January). here is the link to the 2012 calendars.
This birthday and anniversary tracker is from Organized Home.
Another perpetual birthday calendar, this one from The Project Girl.
I like this monthly calendar from Sunla designs and hope she is making more for 2012.
This site has simple calendars you can customise with holidays, do weekly, Monday to Friday, monthly etc.
Contacts (Businesses you use + personal friends and family)
I have a business card holder insert for my binder and keep cards here from shops, hotels, service people we have hired in the past, etc.
These days most people have their contacts stored on their computer and/or phone, but if you want to keep a paper version for back up or to keep central for others to access here is a simple form from Organized Home.
Health and Fitness
This daily diet tracker is from Organized Home.
This food journal is from The Project Girl.
Also from the Project Girl is a workout worksheet to track your cardio and resistance efforts.
For years I have used this Christmas card tracker from Organized Home. I loved that I could notice over time who had stopped sending us cards, make changes to addresses and just pull this document out when we sat down to do holiday cards since not everyone in my contacts list would be sent a card. I even grouped them so I could hand hubby the pages that had his family and old friends on them.
Organized Home has a sister site for Organized Christmas with everything you need to make a holiday planner for free.
Anything else you can think of I suggest you go through the extensive offerings at Life your way, Organized Home and Get Buttoned up as between the three sites I think they will have every topic covered including birthday party planners, kids chore charts, and holiday budgeting and planning.
Have you got a household notebook, revising one or starting fresh for 2012? If you have a favourite printable not mentioned above can you please share a link in the comments and I will add it to the post.
Find your simple,