Thursday, August 16, 2012

Household Notebook - Free Printables!



Recently, I decided to get a little more organized.  Years ago I created a household notebook for myself.  In came the world of the iPhones and I soon didn't need any of the lists that were in my notebook.   The only thing that I was still using were the pages that held my kids health information.  A lot of good that notebook was!   This time I decided that I would just make my own lists instead using those of others and trying to mold them to my liking.  I know, I should have thought of this a lot sooner. 

Wa-Lahhh!!!  This is what I came up with:




The end result is eight categories which are: Planning, Menus, Household, Health, Finances, Family, School and Blogging.

I designed two different looks for my pages.  The stripes that you see above, and the flower that you see below.  I have all the pages in both designs.  I personally like to mix them up a little bit.  The cover for the notebook (above) I printed out in the stripe and the divider pages for each category (below) I printed out in the flower.


I have learned over the years that if I do not plan out my meal schedule that I tend to spend a lot more at the grocery store.  Coming up with an idea for supper is one of the things that I dislike the most.  Solution:  plan out the meals for a whole month!  Then I don't have to think about it again 'til next month.  Love it!  I have also found that planning monthly menus saves me even more money then just planning weekly menus.  I don't have to go to the grocery store as often, and I don't feel like I am running out of food.  BUT, I also have learned that I don't like to HAVE to cook certain meals on certain days.  Sometimes something else sounds good.  On those days I give myself leeway, and just trade it for another meal on the list.  Ah, a list with freedom.............



Here is my monthly menu plan.




I have then also created a monthly grocery list which consists of all the items I should need to make those meals on the plan.  And as always, some blank spots on the end, to include those items I just didn't think of before.


Shopping for Christmas presents throughout the year also has saved us money.  There have been times however that I can't find a certain present, or don't remember what I have bought for someone.  Hence, the Christmas List.



Do you ever sit in your chair and think, "I have ten minutes, I wonder what I could do right now that would make my home better?"  No..... I don't either ! :0)  There are sometimes though that I don't have enough energy to complete or start a large project, but still feel like I should be doing something.  That is why I have the ten minute list.  I can go to this list and pick out a project that won't zap the only energy I have left, but still feel like I have accomplished something when I am done.


What's this list for..........well definitely not for confining me to have to do these tasks only on these days.........but rather a guide of what I feel is necessary to get done every week.  Kind of like a goal sheet.  Follow it when I can, but switch things around when necessary.

Have you figured me out yet?  I love lists, but I don't want to be married to them.  I like to use them as a guide, not an absolute.  They do help me keep my focus though, otherwise I may get so involved in "cool projects" I might forget to do the laundry!



Since moving south I don't do as much couponing as I did up north.  Basically I just don't have as good of stores as I did up there.  But I do coupon some.  Instead of a whole binder dedicated to my coupons, I now have about 10 pages of baseball card organizers, and place them in my MENUS section by my monthly grocery list.




I have also started to keep receipts in my binder in the unused baseball card organizers.  I keep the Christmas presents receipts behind my Christmas list in the FINANCES section.




In the household section I keep doctor's cards, library cards, salon cards, etc.... once again in the unused baseball cards organizers.

This year I have also been attempting to learn about gardening in a very different planting zone.  So far I have killed 3, no, maybe 5 plants.  Some of them just cannot handle the hot Texas afternoon sun.  :0(  My roses have done really well, but I would like to attempt to plant a little more than that.  With my Garden Notes pages now I can keep track of all of those plants that I have killed that I would like to not kill again.  Also I have learned of the different blooming season here, and want to keep track of those plants that I have seen doing so well in other people's yards.




Please feel free to download any of these pages for your own personal use.  Here are a few examples of each style.  There are a total of 26 pages in each.  Mix and match as you will!  Enjoy!!






Download the Household Notebook Stripe









Download the Household Notebook Flower 


PS.  I have just added a blank copy of the Monthly Grocery List for those who would like to be able to fill it out themselves.  Download the Stripe Monthly Grocery List here and the Flower Monthly Grocery List here.





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26 comments:

  1. This is being organized at its best!

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  2. What a nice household notebook. I reorganized mine last week and have been enjoying it so much.

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  3. This is really great and very useful. I love your 10 minute project list. I definitely need to make a list of my own!


    I featured you on my blog today. http://www.laughterandgrace.com/fabulous-five-5/

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  4. How do I change the forms you provided to say the things I need them to? Also, wondering if you could tell me the font you used? I really love it and would like to use it to make my own sheets if I have to. If you know, what is the font on your blog? Like that too. Thanks! Love love love your blog and pin from it all the time! Thanks for what you do.

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    1. Unfortunately, there really isn't a way you can change the info in the forms I provided. If you have a Mac I could try to work something out for you. Just send me a request with your email to my address: pezdave@juno.com. The font that I use on my blog is called Josephine Sans. The font I used for the notebook is Petunia Bounce that I downloaded from dafont.com. Trust this helps!

      Melissa

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    2. I have just updated with a blank Monthly Grocery list for the Flower and Stripe. Check out the links at the very bottom of the post.

      I trust this will help you personalize them a little better.

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    3. I found that you can download the background by itself by right click on the image before downloading it. Which is then downloaded as a PNG (image file). So all you have to do is then insert image in whatever program and change the alignment of the text to make it go sideways. The problem I have found is that I don't have the same font so it will look a little weird.

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  6. Melissa-

    I love your system. Meal planning does save a ton of money. I've been doing it weekly for about the past year, but monthly sounds like a dream! How kind of you to share all of your printables!

    I featured your notebook tonight at Creative Juice. I also am sharing this via my social media, and will be featuring it in another home organizing post at The Classroom Creative {I will let you know when it runs}.

    Thanks for inspiring all of us,
    Nicolette

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    1. Thank you Nicolette! That is very sweet of you to feature my household notebook. Trust it will be a help to many!

      Melissa

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  7. This is AMAZING! I've been wanting to do this but haven't been able to take the time to figure it out and get it organized. You've got it all figured out, so now I don't have to! Thank you, thank you!!!

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    1. Great! So glad it has been a help for you!

      Melissa

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I love the '10 minute projects' page. You should share those!

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  9. I like to think I'm organized, but I have nothing on you! ;) Great job!

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  10. Thank you SO very much! This is fantastic!!!

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  11. I found you on A Bowl Full of Lemons blog, and I really like these printables. Thank you for sharing!

    Tara

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  12. It is so nice to know there are still very kind people in the world who are not out for just the buck. Thank you so much for sharing and providing these tools for free.

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  13. Can I just say that I love your blog....I first came here from pinterest to read your "Mixes, mixes, mixes" (which by the way I did that project over this past weekend) But every time I come here I am finding something else that I just completely love (i.e. this Household Notebook). I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that you are appreciated by the things you do.

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    1. Chassidy to are too kind!! Your comment made my day! One of my favorite things is to be able to help others out. I am so glad you are enjoying all my projects. :0)

      Melissa

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  14. k chica ur definately the yoda of organizing!!! thx for the instruction. luv

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  15. This is more than fantastic! Thank you! I totally needed this! <3

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  16. Glad I came across your blog. I need help in Organizing the home. Appreciate all your tips and you not even charging. I look forward to learning from you.

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  17. Wah-lah is not the word. It's voila. It's a French word.

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