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    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 11th Aug 09, 10:07 AM
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    Home Management notebooks/journals etc
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    • 11th Aug 09, 10:07 AM
    Home Management notebooks/journals etc 11th Aug 09 at 10:07 AM
    Hi,
    I've been reading up on a couple of blogs that I like about the ways of organising people use, especially in regards to home journals, where people keep all there lists and info etc.
    What do people use?
    Do you use a notebook? A folder? Or are there online tools that can be used to keep all this info in place?
    I'm sure that someone (was it moggins) posted a thread on this kind of thing but it didn't come up when I searched.

    I wondered if there were 'newer' ways or if people use the tried and tested ways?

    I currently use a 'pukka pad' and some online tools. I've also just been looking at familyfridge. I'm not sure if it will work for us...

    Anyway, what do you guys use??

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  • rosieben
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    • 11th Aug 09, 10:33 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 10:33 AM
    There are several good threads here about household notebooks, I'll be back with some links but there are some useful downloadable sheets at http://organizedhome.com/ under the 'household notebook' section

    Here's Moggins Household Manual
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 11th Aug 09, 10:36 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 10:36 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 10:36 AM
    Personally I use excel...
    so I have. for example, all my addresses on and then I can print out labels for xmas cards.
    On my Bank account spreadsheet I have a sheet for contact details for utility supplies etc so I know account numbers/contact details
    I also log when I decorate and, inparticular quantities of paint/paper used per room
    I log christmas presents bought, for whom, cost, etc
    Last edited by Valli; 11-08-2009 at 10:39 AM.
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  • rosieben
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:31 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:31 AM
    Excel is good but I am a list freak!

    Many years ago I found a brilliant thread on organized home forum (long since closed unfortunately) about setting up a series of notebooks - OP was Autumn and the idea was brilliant! I copied and pasted the entire thread to keep as a reference, let me know if you want it I used it as a basis for my own notebook system which I've slowly developed into a system that's really useful to me.:

    1. Household notebook
    emergency contact details
    room and window measurements
    decorating info - colours/quantities etc
    cleaning lists - especially winter/summer etc
    now includes my flylady thread lists
    could include things like insurance policies etc

    2. Menus and meal planning
    menu plans and list of meal ideas
    storecupboard and freezer inventory
    shopping lists
    Recipes are kept in 2 separate folders but I'm trying to reduce that to 1

    3. Finance

    This is now an A4 accounting book that I keep up to date with my monthly cash spends and receipts. Utility bills are filed in a lever arch, need to get rid of most of these and just keep last 12 months and the final bill from previous property.

    4. Guarantees and Instruction Books
    These are now hole punched and filed in a lever arch. Old stuff needs weeding out every 6 months or so

    5. PC Notebook
    log in details, email addies and back up of address book
    my websites and blogs info
    graphic design and dtp projects
    scrapbooking project details

    I have a separate folder for PC Reformat info (only used once but was really useful / major timesaver)
    reminder list of what to back up/save
    discs with copies of progs that I use all the time
    copies of reformat discs

    The girl on organizedhome also had a notebook for each of her children, for medical info appointments, allergies, childhood ailments etc.and school dates/info, hobbies and club info. As the child gets older they take over responsibility for their own folders.

    sorry this is such a long post, hope its helpful
    Last edited by rosieben; 11-08-2009 at 11:55 AM.
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  • vivw
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:37 AM
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    rosieben

    Thanks for that really useful post....I'm printing it out now so that I can use it when creating my organising system
    We don't need to do it perfectly - good enough is exactly that GOOD ENOUGH.


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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:37 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:37 AM
    One thing I forgot to say, use one lever arch or ring binder when you start off, then as one section gets full move it to its own folder. Dont spend lots of money on fancy files etc because your system will almost certainly change as you progress

    I used to have 5 lever arch files, now have 2 (deep) ring binders, 1 lever arch, 2 envelope folders and an A4 book.
    Last edited by rosieben; 11-08-2009 at 11:39 AM. Reason: forgot the lever arch!v doh ........ :)
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    • xx_Jo_xx
    • By xx_Jo_xx 11th Aug 09, 11:43 AM
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    I have a ring binder that I have started using a series of dividers, but its a work in progress.....

    Thanks for the fab posts - these are really helpful... xx
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:47 AM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 11:47 AM
    Hi Viv the original thread was brilliant as all sorts of people were putting in their ideas; not sure I can post it here, the organisedhome forum is closed but the actual site is still there so best not chance it. if you would like it, pm me

    edited to say that their policy is that copyright for posts remain the property of the poster - no way could I track them all down....
    Last edited by rosieben; 11-08-2009 at 11:51 AM.
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    • 11th Aug 09, 12:02 PM
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    • 11th Aug 09, 12:02 PM
    I have a ring binder that I have started using a series of dividers, but its a work in progress.....

    Thanks for the fab posts - these are really helpful... xx
    Originally posted by xx_Jo_xx
    Hi Jo you'll probably find you end up with something totally different to me - the important thing is to have a system that works for you; one of the posters on the thread I mentioned used just one lever arch for everything but if I did that I'd need a crane to lift it
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    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 11th Aug 09, 1:14 PM
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    I've just worked my way through Moggin's thread

    Loads of interesting ideas..but I'm not entirely sure how to work mine yet.
    Does anyone use online tools for anything. I use my laptop on the sofa, I don't have a desk so I've no idea where I would put my folder etc so it wasn't in the way or didn't get constantly fiddled with by my DH or children....

    I guess I could put it in a cupboard.....

    Also do people put there lists in plastic so they can tick them off and then rub off the ticks for next time?
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  • rosieben
    I know some people use a laminated sheet (or a plastic pouch) but I like to scribble on my lists so I dont

    I did find it a problem finding storage but I keep the household binder, pc binder and the A4 book on a shelf under my desk; the meal planning binder is in the kitchen (or by the sofa because thats where I work on it); the others are upstairs in a bedroom cupboard because I dont use them often; none of it takes up much space
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  • Lady Aitch
    Oh!!!!!! you are al soooo good. I just muddle along. My new daily mantra, I must get organised, I must get organised, I must---------
  • mary-op
    rosieben - love your idea

    I currently have a gardening journal every year and note down what we plant, when it fruits or flowers etc. plus photos we take of various parts of the garden
    A4 binder for utility bills and miscellaneous bits and bobs, receipts and stuff
    Filing cabinet for insurances, bank stuff
    Section for car details
    Gardening stuff -magazines with stuff in I like that are too bit for my journal
    Christmas folder of stuff I make
    Book with birthdays and addresses in

    Was looking for something in my A4 binder yesterday and its such a mess and not really big enough.
    On holiday I found some cheap really pretty ring binders that I could do more with. There's a lot of 'list' pages on Microsoft word that I could print out and use......Medical would be handy for a start plus emergency phone numbers, stuff like that so seeing this thread has prompted me to have a go with that.

    Thanks
    I would be unstoppable if only I could get started !

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    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 11th Aug 09, 3:51 PM
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    I've been looking at the printable sheets on organised home. They look great ut I don't want to print off and fill in all the time. Perhaps I could fill them in and laminate them, though of course I can't then add to them....
    Maybe I will just put them in plastic envelope things.
    My DH is PC based and if its not on a spreedsheet etc then it doesn't exsist, so I'm going to have to find a way of bridging those 2 things.....
  • ktpie
    Do you have Onenote Frankie? I discovered that when we got an updated version of Office. It's in a sort of notebook format and you can add all sorts of things to it. I have notebooks for all sorts of things. Very easy to clip things from the internet, make lists etc.
    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 11th Aug 09, 4:50 PM
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    ktpie, yes I do. I've just found it and am having a look.
    What kind of notebooks do you have, if you don't mind me asking.
    It looks like a great alternative to my pukka pad, though I guess there is no sharing facility, but thats probably ok.
  • ktpie
    Sorry Frankie, managed to miss this!

    How did you find using it? I have a general one, a household one and a gardening one. I used to have paper notebooks all over the place with random lists and notes in, find this much easier and organised, not so easy to lose!
    I like the way you can easily move the pages about and the Windows S button thing for taking screen clippings is handy as well. Easy to insert scans, links etc. I find it good for gathering lots of information from the internet without having to print loads out.

    I think it's fairly easy to share notebooks on the same computer but not so sure about sharing between computers, we tried it but didn't get very far.
    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 14th Aug 09, 9:28 PM
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    I'm still tinkering with it.
    I have put my cleaning routines on and meal ideas and recipes. Also To Do lists and To Buy lists, though they are a bit tricker and probably need to be in a notebook so I have them on me when I need them.
    I'm sure if I found the right notebook, then I would use that quite alot but its quite nice having everythng in one place on my pc too.
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 14th Aug 09, 10:35 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to say that I love my home binder - had never considered on ebefore I found the concept on MSE and OrganisedHome...

    On my blog I have some pics of what mine looks like, it may help someone else:
    http://savingsnow.blogspot.com/2009/02/when-brain-just-aint-good-enough.html

    i am the kind of person that needs it printed rather than on a pc - as printed I can easily grab and leaf through, it has helped me make muffins 'on a whim' and all sorts, just because the folder was within reach... I have my homemade washing up / handwash recipes in there, as well as personal beauty recipes etc like cleanser etc.

    Would love to see some pics of what others do and what you include as sections...
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  • radiohelen
    I have a fab thing called a life book from www.organisedmum.co.uk My friend, who is well aware of how rubbish I am, got it for me just before my lo arrived and it has been good although I haven't used anything like all the features that it has. IT has a four month overlap, Christmas pages, dividers, pockets for paperwork, tear out shopping lists, tear out to do lists PLUS my favourite bit - STICKERS, loads of stickers..*blushes* is it wrong to get excited about that.... it's great for someone who is not big on organisation and someone can buy it for you for a pressie.
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