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Anyone who has been a wife, mom and/or homemaker for any length of time will tell you that running a household can be quite the challenge.
With so many details to stay on top of and balls to keep in the air, it can be more than enough to make anyone’s head spin! Especially during the back-to-school season.
As a full-time, stay-at-home, homeschooling mama to four littles I totally get the juggle. And something I’ve learned over the years is that things won’t just magically start getting better or easier one day.
There will always be mountains of laundry to fold, meals to cook, books to be read to the littles, and so on, and so forth…..
Effectively running a household takes intention and effort. Obviously life will go on regardless of whether you’re organized or not, but it is seriously so much better when you’ve taken a bit of time and forethought to get things in order and plan for success.
One of the tools that has had the biggest impact on my homemaking is a household planner, or household management binder.
Using a household planner enables us to:
- Keep track of all our family’s important information
- Keep track of important dates and each family members’ activities
- Intentionally plan out our days, weeks, months and years
- Maintain a clean and efficient home
- Know, in advance, what we’ll be eating for each meal
- Track goals, plans and finances in one centrally located place
- Accomplish more of what we want to in life, with more peace and less stress
Sounds totally dreamy, right?! If you aren’t already using a household planner, I highly suggest that you begin. Quite literally, it will change your life.
Here are a few steps to walk you through the process of putting together your own household planner, PLUS a few free printable planner pages from my newly-released Makeover Your Homemaking course to get you started!
Step 1: Gather your supplies
The nice part about creating this kind of household planner is that it doesn’t require much! All you need is a 3-ring binder with a sleeve cover, some plastic sleeve page protectors, divider tabs if you want them, a 3-hole punch and a good, reliable printer.
Walmart is the perfect place to stock up on all these supplies, because you’ll find both great value and great quality!
If you’re in the market for a new printer, I highly recommend the new HP DeskJet 3636. Our previous printer was old, outdated and super clunky, but this beauty is compact, sleek and extremely easy to use!
The best part though is that it is wireless, so I can print from anywhere in the house, from any device, AND it’s great on ink consumption thanks to Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. This will really come in handy throughout the school year as I print off #alltheworksheets for my kiddo’s schoolwork 😉
Step 2: Gather all your documents & information
Depending on what exactly you want to include in your household management planner, you may want to gather important documents and information together.
I personally like to keep photocopies of documents like birth certificates, our marriage license, our drivers licenses and passports, social security cards etc so all of that information is easily accessible in one place.
I also like to include important things like personal details for each family member (DOB, SSN, likes/dislikes, sizes, doctors, etc) as well as finance, insurance, bill pay and personal property information.
Step 3: Assemble your planner
Once you have all your supplies and information gathered, it’s time to assemble! Start by slipping a pretty cover page in the front of your binder. Then you’ll want to hole punch all of the pages to fill your planner with and place them in the 3-ring binder.
Make photocopies of any important documents you want included, and slip them into a plastic sleeve protector before placing them in the binder.
Step 4: Set family values & priorities
Now that your planner is assembled, I highly recommend placing a sheet at the front of your planner outlining your family’s vision, values and priorities.
Doing this lays the perfect foundation for making sure everything you and your family are doing and planning is in alignment with what you really want most out of life.
Step 5: Plan with intention
All that’s left now is to fill out and implement your brand new household planner! This is the most fun part – seeing it all come together and watching your life and home flow so much more smoothly.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” And when failure looks like living chronically stressed out, grumpy, overwhelmed and frazzled, it’s definitely something we want to avoid!
To get you started, I’ve attached a few free printable planner pages for you to download and use in your household planner.
If you’re ready for the whole enchilada, then go check out my newly-released Makeover Your Homemaking planner and course which includes the complete 50+ page household planner printable pack, along with four different cover design options to choose from and a video course walking you through using your new planner!