There was such an overwhelming response to my last post on organization, that I thought it only fair to follow it up with a few more tips, and examples on how I organize my stuff. Again, I’m addicted to organizing.
The Home Management Notebook. For those of you who have no earthly idea what I’m talking about, this is a notebook (usually a three-ring binder) that holds all the information a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) needs to run her household. I’ve tweaked mine a bit to also fit my new freelance writing career, as well as run my home.
Since I do have a hub on the subject, this won’t really be a how-to, but I will share some of my favorite pages, and give you a list of stuff you’ll need (and may want) to create your own HMN.
I have to say a few words about my HMN though. It’s probably the one thing that has really turned around my life as a SAHM. When I first left my career in ophthalmology, I had a hard time acclimating to the change in job responsibilities. I was completely overwhelmed. Then, I read an article about a home management notebook (also called a home management binder), and it instantly appealed to my analytical and routine nature. (Anyone ever notice that the word anal is the first four letters of analytical? But, I digress…)
Anyway, long story short, my HMN grew from a small 1 inch three-ring binder with a few dividers to a 2.5 inch 3 ring binder with see-through, color-coded dividers with pockets, and subdividers and more planning pages than you have ever seen in one book. I use it constantly and it has a spot on my desk right next to my laptop.
Creating Your Own HMN
You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
- 3 ring binder
- dividers (I prefer ones with pockets, but it’s whatever will work for you)
- page protectors (optional)
- lots of paper
- a printer
- lots of ink
The only major step in creating one of these is choosing your tabs. What sections will you need in your notebook? My tabs have subtabs, that’s how detailed my notebook is, but that won’t work for everyone obviously. Here’s a list of my dividers to give you an idea of what you may want in your notebook.
- Meals and Menus
- Writing Stuff
- To Do Lists
- Misc Family Stuff
- Family Finances
- Home Management
You may not want all of these, or you may want more. The key is to make it work for you. You won’t use it if you don’t like the way it’s set up.
Here’s a brief list of some of the awesome printable planner pages I use in my notebook:
- Organized Home: Lots of great printables here. My everyday calendar and recipe lists are from this site.
- Buttoned Up: There are a couple great sheets here, like the important document sheet and dialy sheets.
- Life…Your Way: My blogging goals planner came from this site, as well as my mind maps, which help me plan my hubs.
- Living Locurto: My Blog Planning sheet came from this site. I think it’s just so pretty!
- Tip Junkie: I don’t use any of these but I thought I’d list it anyway.
- Frugal Living: I use almost all of these sheets. I think they are easy to use and pretty!
- Project Girl: This is the daily sheet I use when I need it.
- The Carolina Clipper: I love their sheets. You have to like them on facebook to get access to the printables, but it’s so worth it!
For the writers reading this, (especially the bloggers) you’ll want to try Living Locurto above. The blogging planner is awesome. Life…Your Way also has some wonderful printables like mind maps, blogging business goals and planner pages, as well as a daily action planner that I have adapted to use as an outline page for hubs and copy articles. But, I suggest you visit this post if you missed it for a huge selection of planning pages for both bloggers and freelancers.