Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Home Keeping Journal

Goodness, this has taken me so long to get you ever procrastinate?
Well, I'm pretty sure I am the Queen Bee of procrastination!
So, with no further adieu, I will tell you all about my Home Keeping Journal.
I have used it for a few years now and it really is a great tool.

I never worked in the corporate world.
 I have my BA in Elementary Education and was 7 months pregnant with our first baby by the time I was finished student teaching! The kids loved it...and so did I. 
Becoming a Mother was the greatest moment in my life, next to marrying Darren!
 This is my calling...and I love it with a passion.
 I think it is one of the most important jobs you will ever do, and I am lucky enough to be able to do it full time. 
Darren works hard to keep it that way.
Any job requires organization, so when I found this idea I knew I had struck upon something good.
My friend Monica introduced me to the Fly Lady. 
Have you visited her site before?
 Wowzers, does she have every fantastic idea plus some!! 
I started my Home Keeping Journal the instant I read about it. She calls it a Control Journal.  
It has helped tremendously.
 I love knowing that all of my information is in one binder and I can take it with me.

Here is how I have my journal organized.
You can personalize your own to your specific needs.
{This idea may just be too much for some of you. That is OK!}

I have a three ring binder with divider tabs and my routines are listed and in page protectors.

Before Bed Routine:
 I have reminders about meds, kids brushing their teeth, making lunches, etc. 

Morning Routine:
Exercise, prayer, getting kids up at a good time.

Afternoon Routine:
Chores, school, errands.

After School:
Dinner prep, chores, bed time, etc.

Basic Weekly Plan:
My complete weekly household chore list.

Deep Cleaning:
My Spring cleaning list.

Meal Plans:
I keep a weekly and monthly list of meals here.

Important Contact Information:
If I ever leave the kids, I pull this out for the babysitter.

Insurance Information:
Just in case I ever lose it!

Birth Certificates:
Yes, I keep copies of them here.

Evacuation Plan:
We go over this with the kids periodically.

My Diabetes Records:
This is where I post my blood sugar levels.

I don't use my journal everyday.
 For the most part, I cover the bases.
 But, on those days when I am in a fog....I am sure you know what I mean if you are a Mom...this journal is a life saver.
I like to strive for the best, and I think this helps me to go from being a good Mom to a great Mom.
I do feel more in control having a plan.
 I like this because it isn't rigid, just an easy routine. 
I can look and see where I am at with deep cleaning the house or check on dinners for the week.
 Everything I need is in one place.
 I even keep a list of my New Year's Resolutions in the front...just to remind myself of the goals!
You could add things like a weekly or monthly calendar, kids activities, or a tab for classes your are attending.
Have fun and make it you own!
Click HERE to visit the Fly Lady. She walks you through each step.

Have a wonderful day!



Leslie said...

this is such a great organization tool!!!

CW said...

Haven't gotten around to doing this great idea for me, yet, but both my older son and daughter are thrilled with theirs! Sons was drawn by daddy and I wrote out daughters, has helped tremdously so far! Thanks for the idea!

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