First Topic: Household Management System
The core of the effort is from two sources (because one is never enough, right?): Motivated Moms and Flylady. Here's another one that looks attractive -- and FREE! -- but I haven't road-tested it yet.
Motivated Moms costs about 8 dollars for a daily or weekly housecleaning schedule which takes you through a calendar year. I buy a new version every four or five years. This year, I bought the week-on- a -page version. Last time, I tried the daily planner version, but it was too much to print out, and I did not use the appointment calendar (I keep my appointment calendar on Google Calendar because it is so easy to modify).
Flylady is free, though you can buy a book and various other accessories. One big problem for me is that the basic system is online and I don't do well with paperless management systems, but I just found out that Flylady has integrated her lists with the Cozi Calendar, and Cozi lists are printable.
Here's a picture of the household books. I used scrapbooking paper and clear acrylic for the front covers. I like the way they turned out. I am trying to get used to keeping things in comb-bound books because they are so easy to customize and for me, easier to access than 3-hole punch binders. I would really like a Pro-Click -- and this is why-- but I can't justify it yet when my decade-old comb-binder is still working just fine.
|Motivated Moms -- Week on a Page|
Just having Flylady and Motivated Moms lists in a comb-bound homemade booklet is not enough. I have to write them out on a task list, preferably one I can carry around in my pocket. So I have set aside a few minutes on the weekend to do this. I made a simple planner something like the teacher's planners you can buy and I plan out the household tasks right after I plan out the kids' lessons for the week.
|My household planner|