So are you an expert Notebooker? Are you new to the idea? Are you still trying to figure out why anybody would take the time to put a “Home Keeper Notebook” together? Just like any other organizational system, a Home Notebook is great for some and useless for others (although I tend to lean more for the “great” for just about anybody).
The Flexibility of your system is entirely up to you. If you prefer everything preformatted and coordinated, a Mom Agenda or The Fly Lady Control Journal would probably work nicely for you. If you are spontaneous (like me) and like to keep things fresh, putting together your own Home Notebook can be fun (or challenging) and creative. And with the TONS of forms & templates available online already, if you don’t have time to create your own, a little research can set you up nicely!
After many (feeble) attempts at settling into one system, I’ve found one that works for me. What inspired me to get here were the pictures I saw at Homekeeping Heart’s blog. When I saw her pics, I was like “OOOOHHHHHHHHHHH! I get it!” (Visual learner here!)
And I copied her general layout. I have pretty covers on my binders. I use a zippered penkeeper. I have colored tabbed dividers with pretty divider inserts. Efficiency is important to me, but so is beauty. And my content is entirely personalized for efficiency for my Home Keeper duties & responsibilities.
I continue to modify the actual forms I’m using. It’s fun for me, so I try new ones. I’m finding that my daily routine changes so often for one reason or another, but that I have a general task list that should be accomplished weekly. As long as my bathroom, kitchen, & floors are clean – I am easier about the rest on a daily basis. The trash gets picked up. The dust gets wiped away eventually.
I think that has been where I’d get hung up in all the previous “systems” I’ve tried to use to be organized. Trying to stay within the box of each system, and not really formatting it to FIT ME and the way my family lives and the limitations of our house, etc. Since I’m not relying solely on one system or website or resource, I’m finding that the creativity is allowing me some breathing room and I’m settling in nicely.
I’m baking more and spending more time in my kitchen, and that is both creative & messy. With my new bread starters, and trying new recipes, the kitchen has been my home. And I’ve loved it. BUT – I’m doing dishes all the time it seems, and washing dishes is my VERY least favorite chore. I’m leaning to establishing a system of major baking / cooking once a week to start, and when I get better at it, I’d like to be cooking 2 times a month. That’s a goal of mine. Once a month cooking seems impossible at this point, but it’s something I’ll still strive for – only because I can make one large mess and then clean it up.