Day Planner/ Homemakers binder

The thing about being a house wife and stay at home mom ( which I pretend to still be even though I am working out of the home part-time these days) is that it is complicated. For one thing we don’t get a lot of respect as a profession because I think people figure anyone can do these tasks and if anyone can do them they must not have value. This is just a guess I don’t know but I do know they tend to not get respect. What is amusing about this is that these two jobs are really hard!

Anyone that is a mother knows motherhood is no joke, and it’s not like you can call in sick. You are there all the time 24/7 rain or shine through good times and bad times and sick and cranky. You are in charge of oh so much and for some crazy reason people (especially those without kid experience) think you sit at home and watch your stories while your child does who knows what. Maybe plays quietly by themselves or peacefully with siblings and teaches themselves how to read and have manners. In short they don’t think of it as a job.

Trust me folks it is a job. True I don’t get paid for it and it is a labor of love but it is hard work and should be treated that way. When I clock in at my other job I am expected to be present and focused on my work. When I am home with Little it is the same thing. I need to be in the now and focused on her. I happen to also be in charge of about a zillion other things and so I have a home makers binder that I use to get my work done and stay one step ahead of the game. Because running out of food when you need to cook dinner or clean underwear when you need to get dressed is just not ok!

Day planner and homemakers binder

I do love trees. The quote on the bottom is from Gretchen Ruben’s book “The Happiness project” it says “the days are long, but the years are short” good for perspective. The binder itself is about an inch thick and I use the Martha Stewart tab dividers.

next up the back of my binder.

my weekly plan. I color when Little colors. besides it is so much prettier to look at. Anyway I keep it on the see through on the back so I can see it easily. The first column I just have the days of the week and my dinner theme of that day. The next column has my to do list that I fill in. And the last has my activities that are assigned a particular day. The bottom footer shall we call it has my daily task that I do every day and sometimes need to look at pre coffee to remember what it is I am doing. I included my version as a PDF here week at a glance

When opened the first section is called Calendar. Now for my actual Calendar I use the flylady wall calendar so what I have in here is my important dates page.

Followed by a print out of this month

and its back

at this point I should say no one sees this for me so I don’t care about my messy writing or that I can’t spell 🙂  As you can tell I use the back of the month to write out ideas both for Little’s education and for our family holidays or really anything else pertaining to this month. I will probably go find the right place in my Book of days (peak here or here) to write it in or write it up and put it in.

This is followed by the current months section from my Book of days. So this month I have August in and at the end of the month I will take it out and put in September.

My Next section is called Rhythm with as you guess various rhythms

This was taken from a pin I saw on pinterest and you can see the blog post here.

These are the themes I use for Little’s education. I made them up myself 🙂 it Gives each month a nice focus and is something that you can use at any age of a child.

After rhythm is my menu planning section.

This is my menu plan and shopping list for the week. Mi casa es su casa so her is my menu plan for you to use as you like. behind this I might have recipes that I plan to use for the week.

I think have another food section with a print out of typical harvest availability dates for my area( I think I got it from, several pages with lists of food ideas one page for each day of the week. I also keep pinterest boards by category. So I have a food love pasta  board, because Monday is pasta night. Hopefully in the near future I will be reorganizing my ginormas Cook Book binder and so this might change but for now it works.

and I have this 

Which tells you how to store what, and you can find it here.

Next section is Little’s section. I have her lesson plan.

I have our Simplified Lesson Plan followed by some different articles that I find meaningful for us during whatever stage we happen to be in. They may be on sleep or on developing the habit of yes or really what ever we are going through right then.

Next up is my blog section which I have shared about before but basically I have my   weekly blog sheet followed by paper for other ideas that come to me.

I then have a clean section with papers like this

which is a copy from I think a 2009 real simple but really any recipe you want to keep on hand for cleaning solutions or cleaning tricks.  I also have the detailed cleaning  list from flylady like this one

The next sections my emergency section which no doesn’t have chocolate in it though an envelope with a stashed bar is not a bad idea…I digress. I am working on this section and am using this post that I found via pinterest of course.

As with everything this is a work in progress for me. If you want to follow along with my crazy please feel free to follow my pinterest board

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12 thoughts on “Day Planner/ Homemakers binder

  1. This is very cool!

  2. I just love your ideas of a day planner and homemakers albums and really want to do something similar now. I’ve only just found your blog due to your back to school party and I love it, so many inspiring ideas.

    I’ve left you a blog award on my blog Witchery Grove if you would like it.

    J x

  3. Nice blog! And great work on the organization! They say that the busier you are, the more time you have! That’s because it has to be organized so well! Congrats on a great post! xoJulia

  4. I just re-read this and enjoyed it even more the second time around. What a delight and a talent you are….both as a writer and a mother! I lost my son as an infant and was never blessed to the task of raising a child, but I did babysit my baby nieces (3 of them) many many times. After a weekend with them, or sometimes just an evening, I would take them home and plop them into their mother’s arms…..and go home exhausted! Nothing easy about raising children. I know that much. And I had the advantage of knowing that my challenges with them ended with the weekend – not in a lifetime! You do all mothers proud I think. Be well and keep your wit….it is a wonderful gift for us all to enjoy! xoJulia

    • Thank you so much! I am in the middle of a phase where I’m not quite sure how I am going to handle it all. mentally, emotionally or physically. I mean I have to sleep sometime! sadly this times are always plagued with doubt as I feel I’m giving less then 100% to everyone including Little. So thank you so much. You have no idea how much your words meant to me.

      • Anytime, my friend. The fact that you worry so much is a testament to your love and comittment to everything and everyone. Take a breath and hear my words….”you are doing wonderfully”. xoJulia

  5. I wish I had the self-discipline! LOL I do have a Filofax where I scrawl important stuff in my chicken-scratch handwriting. That’s about the best I can manage! 🙂 I don’t even have children keeping me madly busy, so I must be doing something wrong … I’ve done homemaking on and off for many years though, and it is strange how some people don’t think housework is real work. Oh my. And then if you add children to that, I can’t imagine.

    My husband didn’t see what the big deal was until we moved some years back and he was looking for a new job for several months. Naturally, I assigned some chores to him (wasn’t going to be scrubbing, mopping, cooking) while he just sent out CVs and watched TV). He was genuinely surprised by how much work goes into it and had a whole new respect for women everywhere (and men) who do this for years on end. I think it’s like yoga; I’ve lost count of how many people say, “Yes, but it’s not *really* exercise, is it?” They’ve never tried it, of course.

    • lol every now and then hubs will have to man the house and child and he always is just beat up when I get back. I always ask well did you do the laundry and make dinner and dishes too? lol i’m so mean some times. but organization is always a work in progress. I am forever revamping mine and I need to or I would forget even more then I do now. I keep adding more things to the list of things I need to deal with

  6. Charlene

    Thank you. I have now completely redone my planner and so far working heaps better!
    So many great ideas and I love the steiner feel throughout some of it too.

    • Thank you so much! I actually just did a new post on this and switched mine up a little. I think ever year it is good to take a look and see what is working and what needs adjusting. 🙂

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