Saturday, July 24, 2010

How To - Make a Household Notebook - Part 2

Hi Friends,
Here is the second and final part on how to make a household notebook.
Part 1 can be found HERE.
In the first picture above you get a glimpse into my kitchen.  I have a small section of counter between the refrigerator and pantry.  It's only good for making coffee and storing a cookbook and my household notebook, the white binder on the right.

Inside the binder I have folders that I punched with a three hole punch.  These are the folders that open up and have a pocket on each side.  This week they are on sale at Walgreen's for .09 each!  The white folder above says "menus" and it holds take out menus from restaurants in the area.  The other folders hold items for different activities such as Boy Scouts and other things we're involved in.

This calendar is one that was printed that shows Boy Scout activities.  Keep that three hole punch handy and it is easy to punch your holes and pop papers in the binder.

Here is a card holder.  This holds cards that I want from time to time, but they don't need to be in my purse.

In the above picture, it shows the divider tabs.  I have one for each member of the family.

I use my household notebook to hold things I want close at hand. This book originally came about because I would get piles of papers in my kitchen. These pieces of paper were things I wanted to keep for short term, less than a year, or that I wanted in my kitchen. You know when you sign your child up for an activity you get some important papers. I didn't necessarily want to file those papers in my file cabinet, what I consider long term filing. I wanted them more at my fingertips so they go in my household notebook.  I keep important school papers for the kids in the notebook as well, such as science fair information.  I used to use it to hold my cleaning schedule but I have that on the computer now.  I know some people use it for their bills.  I don't hold bills in it, but I have my budget in there.  There are various notes to myself that I keep in the household notebook that I want close at hand.  If you remember I wrote a page out of days and hours that various places were in operation.  My household notebook has changed over the years and has evolved into what works best for our home.  Basically though, if there is a piece of paper lying around the kitchen and it isn't trash or doesn't have a home elsewhere, chances are it will go into the household notebook. 

I also have heard of people putting their address book and phone numbers in their household book.  I keep my phone numbers in a Rolodex by the phone, but you might want your phone numbers in the book.  Something to think about.  Another thing to think about is using it to hold receipts for the month until you balance you bank statements.

One other section I have in the household notebook is notes for my menu planning.  Actually this is all in one of the pocket folders in the household notebook. 

Because of using this notebook, things are kept tidier in the kitchen and necessary items are at my fingertips.  I consider it to be a catch all of important mom information.  By the way, this is MY notebook.  I'm the one who adds and subtracts from it.  The family might use it to look up something, but they don't change anything in it.

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Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

This is something I need to do. I'm looking for some important documents right now, that I still can't find.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I need to do this, too. What a great idea!

HoosierHomemade said...

I really need to get back on schedule and get my household binder going again! It makes life so much easier!
Thanks for sharing on Blog Party!

Julie said...

Nice job. I started one last year that is my "creative" folder. It holds all ideas, pics, and scraps of paper for gardening, cooking, crafting, and design I come across in magazines and elsewhere. I rip the pic out of the magazine and put into the folder until I'm ready to use it.

TracePoo said...

Now that it's not just hubby and me, I need one of these too! Love the pics. Thank you for the great ideas! Gives me motivation to make mine.

momstheword said...

Thanks for sharing your HMB! It's always fun to see others. My family doesn't touch mine either. I like the idea of adding the folders, great idea. Thanks for linking up today!

Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook said...

I love homekeeping binders! They are so helpful... the trick is actually using it :)

I shared mine last month on my blog:

Love your site!

Erin said...

Love this idea...I really need to do this. I love the idea of a page with the hours of operation of those not always visited places. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Jenn Brockman said...

Do you have a list of everything in your binder?


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