This is a combination of two posts that I published a year ago back in July 2010. I've put them both together as I feel the importance of having a household notebook is worth repeating.
I have a three ring binder in my kitchen that I keep important paperwork that I want close at hand. I'll show you pictures in another post. Everyone needs a household notebook to keep themselves organized. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to buy a three ring notebook and a 3 hole punch if you don't already own one.
I learned today, yesterday for all of you reading, that I NEED a new section in my household notebook. I spent a little more than three hours of my life today at the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). My oldest daughter is now at the age where she gets a regular driver's license, no restrictions. I had to take her to the MVD to get this taken care of and a parent needed to be present. There were already about 20 people sitting in chairs, not bad for my local MVD, and I knew I needed to settle in for about an hour to hour and a half wait. Thankfully I had my iPod to listen to some great podcasts, like the one I produce Making Our Home a Haven. (shameless plug)
What should have been an orderly event became total chaos, you don't need all the details but lets just say the number system they had in place was NOT effective and frustration and chaos ensued among the masses. I swore, and I don't swear, that NEVER again would I go there unless I am one of the first in line. I took note of their hours. They open at 8 am. I WILL be there at 7:30 am camping out like I'm waiting for a concert to be one of the first the next time I have to go.
Here is where the household notebook comes into play. I now have a new page that lists special hours and days for different places. I've included in it the hours of urgent care, hours when I can first call the doctor in the morning, hours and days when my hair dresser works, the vets special hours and more. I've always had a page with phone numbers, but I've never listed the hours. Some of these places you forget when they open because you don't go there often. With two more children in line to get driver's licenses, I will be going back to the MVD and I never want to forget that they open at 8:00 and that I must get there by 7:30. It is also a good idea to write down what type of documentation is necessary to bring. I always have to show proof of residency by presenting a utility bill with our address. I wrote that in the notes section of this as well.
Ok, I am a little more relaxed now after typing this and I think my risk of stroke has passed. Be sure to get yourself a pretty notebook and we will be covering more of this soon. I hope you all have a wonderful day that goes smooth with minimal frustrations. And if you do get frustrated today, can you learn something from it to prevent those same frustrations from occurring again?
Here is the second and final part on how to make a household notebook.
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.