image via pinterest
I really like the idea of an organizing system like this one on pinterest. I don't have the full set together yet, but I decided a homekeeping journal was a good place to start. So I pulled out one of the white 3-ring binders I found at a yard sale last summer for $0.25 and some plastic page holders to do the job. I wanted to use the plastic pages holders because I figure I'll be using this while cooking and cleaning and I don't want anything ruined if I accidentally spill on it. Also, I will be able to mark on the pages with a wet erase marker if I want. And I love to cross things off of lists! Since I want to make home keeping as enjoyable as possible, I used some pretty cardstock to cover the binder.
Oooo, much better! I started my journal with a general homekeeping schedule to keep myself organized and make sure everything gets cleaned! I made this page pretty too, since I'll probably be looking at it every single day.
The top section shows my cleaning schedule which is broken down so I have only one large chore each day to keep the whole house clean! I based my schedule largely on the plan by The Free or Cheap Queen (and also took some tips from The Time Warp Wife's cleaning schedule). In the end this is how my cleaning schedule ended up:
- Sunday - Day of Rest! No cleaning for me!
- Monday - Laundry & wash the sheets, tidy the house, & sweep.
- Tuesday - Clean the bathrooms & change the towels.
- Wednesday - Clean all the surfaces.
- Thursday - Organize/Clean out something.
- Friday - Tidy they house, clean all the floors.
- Saturday - Do something outside.
The bottom of the page is dedicated to my meal blueprint (see my inspiration by The Nester here). I'm just not a hard core meal planner, but this seems doable because it is so flexible! Here is the general gist of my plan:
- Sunday - make bread dough, make salad
- Monday - cook dinner (chicken)
- Tuesday - cook dinner (Mexican)
- Wednesday - cook dinner (meat/veggies)
- Thursday - leftovers
- Friday - pizza
- Saturday - make soup
That's as far as I've made it so far, but I also plan to include things like staple food recipes, phone numbers, and anything else that helps me stay on top of this homemaking thing! I'll keep you posted as my system evolves and I add things to my binder. Do you keep any kind of homekeeping journal? How do you stay organized around the house?