Managing my home with a pen

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About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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I don’t collect much, but if there was one thing I have a weakness for, it’s journals. For some reason, I’m attracted to them like a moth to a flame. Don’t know if it’s my passion for writing and their blank pages just beg me to scribble, but whenever I see a well-crafted one for sale, I have to at least stop and admire.

This should tell you that yes, I am a paper gal. In a world of more digital, online resources than we could possibly explore, a major part of me relies on the tried-and-true method of pen and paper.

Digital tools have their place in my home management process – but so does paper. Here’s how I use it to maximize my efforts at home, while still aiming for a clutter-free home.

My Home Management Notebook

I already wrote a series about how to create a Home Management Notebook, so there’s no need for me to rewrite the beauties of having all your necessary paperwork in one spot. Mine serves mostly as a point of reference and a base for paper storage.

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I use basic clear sleeves to house my papers inside, and I divide them with adhesive divider tabs. My sections right now are Daily Dockets, Weekly Checklist, Grocery List, Monthly Budget, Baby Steps, Cleaning, Ideas for Kids, and Emergencies. These change as our family’s needs and agendas change.

• I print about a week’s worth of Daily Dockets at a time, using both sides of the page. I store them in a clear sleeve, and keep that day’s Docket in the front inside pocket of my notebook, for easy scribbling.

• My Weekly Checklist and Grocery List are master copies that I keep in their sleeves. When I need to mark something, I use a dry erase marker – and then wipe it clean at the start of a new week.

• Because I maintain our budget and accounts on Pear Budget, I print a master monthly budget and keep it in the notebook, just for quick reference. Our budget evolves regularly, so about halfway through the month, after I’ve entered receipts and updated our records, I print another copy to keep me relatively up to speed. I also have a zippered pouch where I keep already entered receipts – if I don’t need them (and I usually don’t), I toss them at the end of the month.

• I doodle out our plan for the Baby Steps and keep it in the notebook, mostly for motivation and encouragement. When I feel like it will be forever to save up at least 20 percent for a down payment, I look at these numbers (and the ongoing sketches of our house plan ideas), and I get a boost of encouragement to keep on “living like no one else.”

• I house my room cleaning checklists and recipes for homemade cleaners (the ones in my ebook), so when I need them, I’ve already got them there.

• The internet is chock full of craft and activity ideas for kids. I store most of them in my Delicious account, but when I want to plan a week’s worth of stuff to do with my preschooler, or when the craft involves printables, I keep them here.

• Finally, I keep a master list of contact numbers for emergencies and basic info about my kids, in case another adult needs them for reference.

My Calendar

lime_desktop08_09_l.jpgI use my Google Calendar for meal planning, blog planning, keeping track of family events (so that I’ll automatically get reminder emails), and for hashing out my basic daily routine. But I need a regular break from the computer screen – and it’s simply not practical to get on the laptop every time I need to check something.  So I keep a paper master calendar for the family.

MomAgenda sent me their “desktop” calendar to test drive and review. My initial reaction was – why must a simple calendar be so pricey? But after using it for almost a month, I have to say, I think it’s worth the money. I’m a cheapskate at heart, so even I’m surprised at my reaction here.

The main reason is because it’s more than a “simple calendar.” Yes, it has a traditional monthly calendar for the 2008-2009 school year (and I love that it starts in August, instead of the traditional January), but it also has weekly calendars that are just made for moms.

There are four different rows for different family member’s agendas, each day of the week. This is easily customizable – for example, since I only have a 3-year-old and a baby (let’s face it, they don’t have a jam-packed schedule), my four sections are labeled “family,” “house,” “work,” and “blog.” I use these blocks to map out my week’s agenda in advance.  If you want to see the basic layout of a weekly calendar, you can download a PDF sample.

I do wish there was a little more room for customization, but for now, I use the blank pages in the back for that. They make a variety of calendars, so perhaps a different type would more fully meet my needs. Heck, I’d love one with my Daily Dockets pre-printed inside, but I guess an additional 365 pages would make for a pretty hefty book. It kinda reminds me of a Moleskine – it’s a joy to write in a well-made notebook. Overall, I’m impressed with the desktop calendar.

momAgenda also told me they wanted to extend a coupon code for Simple Mom readers – so if you do choose to go with one of their calendars, enter in “SIMPLEMOM” for 15 percent off $75 or more.

My To-Do List

doodle.jpgAt the bottom of my Daily Dockets, I jot down my day’s to-do list. Lately I’ve been using the Todoodlist method of writing my to-do list, and it has been a lot of fun. It helps me focus on one thing at a time, even when one task involves several steps.

Overall, I find a good happy medium between the digital world and classic paper work best for me. It’s easy to get sucked in to the beauty of technology and the myriad of ingenious resources online, but for me, I go brain dead when I spend too much time online. I need a break from the computer – and paper works beautifully when you’re on the go.

Recipes

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Yes, I store my recipes online in Delicious, and yes, I plan our weekly and monthly menus online.  But when it comes to actually being in the kitchen and cooking, I rely on paper.  I keep my online recipes printed full-size on plain paper and in clear sleeves (easy clean up from splatters), all in a master cookbook.  I have traditional cookbooks, of course, but when it comes to my recipes found on the internet, I’d rather print them on paper than lug the laptop in the kitchen.  I still store them online so I can find them again easily, just in case, and so I can refer to them for menu planning.  And fyi, I think Recipezaar‘s recipes print out beautifully – well laid out and easy to read.

Are you like most people, and thoroughly enjoy manually crossing something off a to-do list? What’s your preference, digital or analog? And how do you handle keeping paper to a minimum, so that you’re not adding clutter to your home or wasting natural resources? Please share in the comments!

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  1. I’ve struggled with running a Google calendar and paper calendar, I seem to end up using neither properly. I also have used a wall calendar with the blocks for each family member but I can’t find one with SIX columns because nobody has more than 3 kids! I’m being sarcastic of course.

    I like pen and paper. I only wish my handwriting was a bit more appealing to the eye.

    Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated.
    Dave

    Dave Fowler’s last blog post…Brilliant People

    • You can print out Google Calendars…by agenda, day, week or month. And if you have multiple calendars, you can choose which calendars you see on-line, and which calendars you print out.

      You might want to consider a hybrid calendar folder if you are managing more than one calendar/kid. If you find you gravitate to a wall calendar, then print and post one. Add to it if something comes up. Update Google Calendar at a set time each day. AND keep/corral your other papers, schedules and calendars in that ONE folder/location so that daily update is more simply accomplished.

      HOpe this helps. (BTW, I love my google calendar!)
      Mrs. Bick

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  2. I love technology. I love to try out every new system I come across. I have two main problems with digital products though (as much as I hate to admit). Firstly, I love to fiddle. I spend so much time tweaking them that they cost me a lot more time than they save. Secondly, after an initial period of enthusiasm, if the system isn’t front and centre for me I tend not to look at it that much. So I’ve come up with a hybrid system similar to yours. I use iCal for appointments as I can set reminders, but I also have a calendar on the fridge so I can jot things down quickly. I’m using Omnifocus as my master task list and Todoodlist for my daily to do’s. And I’ve just recently downloaded your Home Management Notebook printables to try.

    I think the key is to not beat yourself up if a particular system doesn’t work for you. Keep searching and don’t be afraid to combine systems as you’ve described. It might be the elusive answer.

    Journeyer’s last blog post…August Goals Review

  3. I have always been a list maker but sometimes I forget to look at my lists. I am anxious to try some of your home management tips as I could use some help in that department. One item, though, that has helped our family out immensely is the Flexible Planning Calendar with Stickers from Real Simple. Every family member has their own sticker color (there are only four of us so that makes it easy) so we can all tell at a glance who has something scheduled on a given day. Because the calendar is hung in a central location, it has helped combat the “you never tell me what’s going on” arguments my husband and I would have when I would just *tell* him about upcoming events. Now he can look for himself!

    Amy WB’s last blog post…what we’re making

  4. I am obsessed with tracking everything on a calendar so I keep everything in a paper calendar and I also do everything on Cozi for online purposes. I need to start a separate calendar for my web business so stuff doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

    I use the Family Facts on the Go calendar. I love the Momgendas, but haven’t received one of those yet :) I have been a big fan of the Family Facts Life book because it is essentially a household notebook that is already made up for you and you just fill stuff in. It has pockets and a place to put all the paper clutter. I love it! It has a calendar in it, but I like the on the go planner better just because I can tote it around in my purse.

    I do my to-do list with pen and paper though- call me old-fashioned, but there is a thrill there with crossing things off with a pen :)

    Amy’s last blog post…September ’08 Menu Planner

  5. Hello Simple Mom,

    This is my first time at your site and it’s wonderful. I will be back daily. I find myself with a weakness for journals as well, and I’ve sworn that I won’t buy another one until the ones I own are filled. The hardest part is remembering what happened that day to write it down. Must be something about kids and no sleep…..

    I also prefer paper and pen, but have conflicting thoughts between being as green as possible and wanting to buy every gorgeous journal, piece of paper, or set of notecards I see.

    Have a wonderful week.

    teri’s last blog post…Bump!

  6. I totally agree with you. I love technology, but I can’t go completely digital, because I spend too much on the computer!!!!! I am going back and forth in finding the right balance. So, at this moment I am using the digital tools mainly for computer related jobs and paper for everything else. But I still use the computer to type up lists and then print them out. I am still tweaking my system at the moment, so can’t explain everything, but generally I have a family notebook as a reference and then I have a spiral bound notebook for notes and planning. We also have a central calendar for the whole family. Unfortunately it only came with 4 slots in addition to mom and I have 6 children =(. I guess I will have to make my own next year, LOL.

  7. I love my computer, but I’m a cross-things-off-the-list girl through and through. Sheer delight to scribble things away. I’m not sure why…
    I made a Home Management Binder, but I think mine is too bulky – I tried to make it everything I need, and it works well, but it’s not super convenient. I’ll be tweaking…
    Thanks for all your great ideas – I LOVE this blog!

    Katie’s last blog post…an insider’s guide

  8. @Dave – Have you looked into WeekDate? I can’t vouch for them personally, but I think they may have useful tools for larger families. http://weekdate.com/

    @Journeyer –

    “I think the key is to not beat yourself up if a particular system doesn’t work for you. Keep searching and don’t be afraid to combine systems as you’ve described. It might be the elusive answer.”

    Well said! I completely agree.

    @Amy – I have never heard of those. I’ll have to look into it!

    @Teri – I completely agree, the green issue is one I think about often as I make decisions about keeping as much as possible online. It’s a balance, isn’t it?

  9. I completely love the ability to CROSS things off my list with a pen! It is such a wonderful feeling! :-) I use my momme weekly planner and then for additional to do items the save me notepad.

    Jenny :)

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  10. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing your planning system! I struggle between using paper and electronic. It is really difficult and I loose stuff sometimes. I think though, that paper is my preferred method. To open up a fresh binder page with a calendar is so settling for me somehow.

    Take Care,

    Trixie

    Trixie’s last blog post…Grocery Trip & Menu Plan Monday

  11. Thanks for sharing your systems. I’m trying to cut down from TOO MANY calendars and am also trying to find a balance between computer and paper.

    Note–your Todoodlist link in the last paragraph isn’t working.

    Gina’s last blog post…CVS this week 9/7

  12. Thank you for the reply and the link. It looks very promising. I’ll take a closer look at the website later. :-D
    Dave

  13. @Gina – Thanks for the heads up. The Todoodlist link is now fixed.

  14. Is the orange notebook in the first picture your notebook? If so, where did you find such a pretty one? I hate my royal blue vinyl 3-ring binder from the office supply store!

  15. @Mary – It is. But it’s just a white one with a clear insert on the front – the orange is a piece of scrapbook paper. Use #857 for scrapbook paper. :)

  16. I have a family calendar to jot down appts.

    For the kitchen I have a two week dinner menu calender posted.

    In two of the cabinet doors I put a two week menu for feeding the kids breakfast and lunch. So that when the time comes, I’m not standing there trying to figure out what to feed them. I actually just keep it in the two week rotation.(makes grocery listing,much easier)

    Then I have three folders that I keep in one of the skinny cabinets in the kitchen marked Mom misc, product manuals, children related items.

    Now I’m off to snag me a MomAgenda. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    lisa’s last blog post…Hello, I Love You

  17. While I love gadgets and the like, I spend way too much time on the computer [thank you for the subscribing article - very helpful]. I also have always loved paper – stationary, journals, calendars, stickers, you name it [my parents truly thought I would open a stationary shop]. While I love them dearly, I have a tendency to collect them and not use them. My favorite part of my job when I used to work at a bookstore was ordering the calendars every year!

    While I am still a work in progress, what seems to be working for me now is to have a monthly calendar and a variation of your daily docket [another thank you]. I love the idea of weekly calendars, but I’ve had to go back to what I used in school – the whole month at a glance. Since we homeschool, I have a general weekly plan already printed up, but I do write another one daily to fit in my daily to-do’s and get a picture of how the day is going to go, even if it ends up not going that way at all. I use one sheet every day except I take Thursdays off and I combine Sat + Sun. I have a dream to print up a whole year and have it bound at Kinko’s, but I still haven’t made that happen. I’m still building my notebook, but these two things help me stay on track.

    PS – I really do appreciate your website, and all the hard work you put into it!!

  18. Oh, yes – I also do a monthly menu plan…

  19. I’m definitely a pen and paper kind of gal. This year I have fallen in love with the Moleskine Weekly Notebook. The left page is a weekly calendar that I fill with appointments and my “to-do’s” for the day. The right page is a lined journal page that I’ve filled with everything from doodles, journal entries, minutes from meetings, shopping lists, etc. It’s a nice way to have everything in one place and is compact enough that I store it in my purse.

  20. First off, let me say I just found your site this weekend and I love it.
    I love your Daily Docket, and Master Weekly plan. It makes things easier for me. I didn’t have to think them up and I just made a few changes to what I have in my house.
    I’ve tried the pda thing, I never stick to it, or forget to charge it. ha ha
    I made one family binder but as another person commented, it seems a bit bulky, I’m going to try again using your ideas.
    I use this calendar http://www.calendars.com/xq/asp/PID.1/MGID.12208/IID.47936/qx/product.htm it sits on my fridge. It works for us as we are only a family of 4. While we don’t have crazy schedules, it’s enough that I can’t keep it my head. I also have a regular franklin planner that I take with me everywhere. I work full time outside the home. I transfer info from the planner to the calendar and vice versa. I use the notes sections for reminders of things the kids say or do. I too like to scrapbook but don’t actually do it. I’m hoping the planner will help me remember all the little details.
    I have set up my regular yahoo email account with reminders for bills, like when they get deducted out of the cking acct, or if I have to tranfer money for the mortgage payment. It’s very rare that I don’t get online and if I don’t it’s usually only over the weekend.
    Thanks for your great site. I look forward to future info.

  21. If you think the MomAgenda is pricey, check out the Truly Mom leather planners! I love the idea but I can’t get myself to shell out 100 bucks for it.

    Elisa’s last blog post…Decòr me gorgeous, said the room

  22. Hey,
    This is a very helpfull log. I have tons of 1/2 used journal around the house. My three daughters used to play with them until they fell apart. I only use 1/2 because I find others I love. I still refer to them and wish I could use the rest, but I have moved on. I see it to be wastefull of my ideas to have them scattered so I would like to use one and use it exactly like you have shown.

    Can you tell me something? I want to buy things in bulk like beef or laundry detergent. I know I will save money in the long run, but how the heck do I justify spending $300 on beef that will last my family 5 months or laundry detergent that will last 6 months but costs $25.00 today. I only budget $500 per pay for all groceries and I have other food to buy. Does anyone have a solution to this, or perhaps a different way of looking at it?

  23. Okay – I see it now (the scrapbook paper inserted into the front of your notebook.) It sure looks a lot nicer than mine! That’s a great idea! So pretty!

  24. Though I have to admit I have no idea what “use #857 for scrapbook paper” means! I have a feeling it may hit me later because I definitely scrapbook!

  25. I love paper products too. Sometimes you really need to have a hard copy in front of you.

  26. I have been drifting more and more towards digital organization, but my phone syncs with my online todo list (Remember the Milk) so that makes it a bit easier…especially on the go.

    For managing paper info that I need to hold onto, but don’t necessarily need the original copy (receipts, bills, etc.) we’ve started using NeatReceipts, an easy to use scanning program that was built to scan receipts and the like. Definitely has reduced the paper clutter in my life, which is always a good thing!

    jodi’s last blog post…Yummo!

  27. I love google calendar.. could not live with out it! Things change so much that a paper one would be too messy. My husband is able to access my calendar from his iphone – it really works well for us.
    However, I do like a paper to do list when I’m on the go. The process of pen to paper, crossing something off a list is almost a high for me!
    Great post.. thanks, as always.

    Dana

    Dana’s last blog post…Advice for Visiting Walt Disney World

  28. I too use a mix of paper and online for my planning. I can’t give up the old pen and paper for daily plans and my calendar. However, I use Google calendar for blogging. It’s so easy to keep track of carnivals, ideas, guest posts, etc!

    Mydailydollars’s last blog post…Back to Basics: Renew Your Intentions

  29. I love paper! I love the computer too, but not for planning purposes. I love to cross things off and jot things down. I could get carried away trying to organize every bit of my life. I love the idea of being prepared with lists and menus! I used to do this when I followed Fly Lady. I recently started to use some of those ideas again so this post is perfect timing! Thanks.

  30. What is Todoodlist? I’ve been to the link and it doesn’t really say what it is.

  31. I’m right there with you on the blank journals! Oh, my, I have so many unused ones around here that I have to stop myself when I see any others! As much as I love the efficiency of typing and writing that way, I never really feel like I’m *writing* unless I take a pen to paper. Ah, the feel of it just makes me tingle! :) Something non-writers definitely do not understand.

    Julia’s last blog post…refocusing

  32. I’m a paper girl. There is something so satisfying to me about crossing something off literally.

    I use http://www.familyorganizer.com I get it prepunched and put it in a leather Franklin planner I snagged for cheap on eBay. I use it much like your journal. I’d be lost without it.

    Lisa- Domestic Accident’s last blog post…Signs of autumn around here

  33. How funny–just this afternoon I was counting all my “books:”
    Personal Journal
    Household Visual Journal
    Home School Record Journal
    Writing Journal
    Prayer Journal
    In-the-Purse Journal

    I was trying to figure out a way to streamline. But I don’t know. Hmmm…

    Deb’s last blog post…The Hardest Hat to Wear

  34. Wow…I love organizing and you have such great ideas! I will be using some of these…I need to print this! Thanks for sharing!
    -Sandy Toes
    p.s. great blog!

    Debbie Glosson’s last blog post…Rusty Bird Feeder=New Soap Holder

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    lisa sharp says:

    I’d like to get a moleskine calendar and wonder if anyone had a suggestion regarding a good place to buy one. I’m looking for a purse size week at a glance. I’ve looked on amazon but the shipping looks like it’s super slow for some reason and the other websites I’ve looked at look a little iffy to me.

    Thanks-
    Lisa

    ps thanks for your recent suggestion to check out last.fm. I am crazy in love with it now!!!!

  36. The daily planner that you use from mom agenda, does it lay flat when open? I love the planner but need something that I can flip to the week and have it stay open, yelling at me so I don’t forget to do something.

    thanks,
    Rebecca

  37. I am loving your blog! I actually keep 3 calendars. It sounds like a lot, but it works for me. One is a small, 2-yr, monthly pocket calendar. I use it for planning far in advance. I write in school holiday, husband’s vacation, dentist appts scheduled 6 months out, etc. I also have 2 dry erase calendars hanging very visibly on the wall. I keep the current and following month on those (and rotate them at the end of the month). I transfer the pocket calendar info when I put a new month and activities as they come up – cleaning lady, preschool snack, playdates, babysitters, etc. Then I use the Planner Pad in my equivalent of a Home Management Notebook. I love the Planner Pad because I have my weekly schedule integrated with my to do lists (grouped by categories) and daily to do lists.

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  38. Like Lisa i also use Amy Knapp’s ” Family Organizer” for my dayplanner. I also have my household Notebook well organized. I am a paper girl through and through – love stationary, pens, journals and could never switch to digital (except for banking/payments which are all online). I write out my meal plan each week (but use a grocery list template i created and just circle the things i need that week).

    Similar to you, I have a recipe binder where i have my photocopied or printed recipes and handwritten recipes all in plastic page protectors and divided by food type.

    My last binder is my “activity” binder filled with ideas for crafts, experiments and games for the kids.

    I agree with others that I look at my computer enough in a week, I like to just sit comfortably with a binder or dayplanner and see it all in front of me.

  39. Like you, I do some paper some computer. I love the feel of a pen in my hand and the satisfaction of actually getting to cross something off my list.

    I also have a serious addiction to journals. Really I even love a new cheapo spiral notebook. There is just this feeling I get when I have a fresh new notebook or journal with all those blank pages just waiting to be filled! I have to force myself to stay out of the school supplies aisles and away from the journal shelves at bookstores or I will blow my budget completely!

    Lucie’s last blog post…So Much For Mom Solidarity – I Couldn’t Even Get A Warning?!?

  40. I just discovered your site. I am finding it so helpful! Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom!

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  41. Late to the comment party! I’ve tried the MomAgenda and sorry to say I crashed and burned with it. While it’s very visually satisfying, with sophisticated fonts and my very favorite candy-pink shade for the cover, I just could not make it work for me. I had the personal size last year, and it only had a one-inch by three-inch space for the daily to-do list! And every other day, part of that was in the binding. It didn’t lay flat, my children weren’t busy enough (kindergarten and newborn) to use the spaces, and there was no place to capture weekly to-do’s, which are more reasonable for me than assigning a day.

    Anyway. I’ve been using a Planner Pad planner ever since, and problem solved. Love it. I have a spring green color, but if they offered one in candy pink I’d snap it up in a heartbeat!!

    Amy G.’s last blog post…Tuesday

  42. I also share your passion for notebooks, though I got lucky enough to get an “inherited” TimeManager Planner on August, so that’s where my planning worked.

    However the calendar pages were for 1996 and at this time of the year I could find no replacement sheets, so what I did was a variation of 43 folders, this time with sheets: 12 sheets for months, 31 for days, and you note things down with a pencil. Just an idea.

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  43. I just wanted to say i love your blog! I’m totally on your grovey train in so many areas. I printed off your daily docket and took one to my neighbor. she had the great idea of laminating it and resuing it daily! We also changed the blog to do list to prayer requests. Thanks for all you do. It’s a blessing to me!

  44. avatar
    Creative Triplet Mom says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog tonight. I just wanted to say wow. This one entry you did today, I had about 20 different websites open with tons of information that I have been reading for almost 3 hours. Thank you so much for sharing all this information. I so need to make one of these books. I am also going to check out google calendar to help with the meal planning as that is one of my major struggles each day. Thank you for all your downloads and I so will try your allowance thing with my children too but I think I will go with a penny for every sticker since I have 3 toddlers all at the same age. I have added your blog to my google reader and hope to read more of your blog in the future.

  45. @Amy G – Yeah, I don’t use the MomAgenda as my planner – I use it as my family calendar. I use the kid boxes as different categories, like I mentioned above, and I keep up with my day-to-day to-do lists on my Daily Docket. So if MomAgenda wants to include those, I’m on board! ;)

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. I’m so glad this site is helpful for you!

  46. I’m exactly like you – a BIG paper gal for all my lists and stuff and I love pens too, so writing down and crossing off things is for me like a little bit of heaven, especially with a GREAT pen!

    I use electronic organisers (Outlook) for appointments and recurring to-dos – nothing else. Love my paper and notebooks too much – I am a tad obsessed, but hey! At least they’re organised :)

    Marcia Francois’s last blog post…Back to basics with menu planning

  47. This post has completely inspired me! I’ve shared it with dozens of moms I know and already created an account on Delicious.com this morning. This weekend, I plan to create a Home Management Notebook. Thanks so much!

    Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead’s last blog post…To print or not to print?

  48. I also love to write with pen and paper; I attribute it to my graphics background (before everything was digital) and my creative side.

    I’ve been using your Daily Docket; I especially love the hour-by-hour planning part. For someone like me who is easily distracted and unrealistic about time, it’s a huge help!

    Like you with MomAgenda, I would tweak the Docket a bit for my particular situation (work, family, etc).

  49. I stopped by through “Life from My Laptop”. I really enjoy your blog, I found it very interesting and will be back, so I have subscribed to your feed!

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  50. My husband gave me the MomAgenda Desk planner last year for my birthday. I love it. Since my children are almost 3 and just turned 14 months, I use their spaces to keep track of stuff they do, milestones, new words, etc.

    And this year for my birthday, I got the MomAgenda Kitchen Folio. Which I’m working setting up to use as my Home Management Binder.

    Like you, I have a passion for journals. Something about that clean page.

    Alicia’s last blog post…Insert interesting post title {here}

  51. Analog! I must cross the item off the list! I use the weekly MomAgenda and LOVE it! It’s prefect for me and all my needs and lists…I’m gonna need a new one a Christmas!
    $5 Dinner Mom

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  52. Glad that I stumbled on to this site. My initial hook was in search of meal planning help. Then I searched out another area where I could use a guide- organizing. I was hooked when I read the line “living like no one else” , I know where you are. You can do it! Keep on. Keep on. The reward is more than you can imagine.
    Oh, I will be back. just like a junkie. I have found what I have been looking for. Your whole set up has a good vibe for me, somthing do-able and it doesn’t seem to breed stress.
    thank you.
    amy

  53. I love the idea of a home management notebook as a way for my husband and I to ensure we are on the same page with things like our budget. And to centralize everything woudl be such a blessing, but I still find the process a bit confusing. Would it be possible to see a copy of your daily docket? Not neccessarily one filed out, but what do you put on it? Is it just a to do list? Is is a combination of a to do list and a schedule? Just curious.

  54. You’ve totally inspired me today! I’ve been searching for a new method of organizing my home and my home-run business at the same time. Thanks so much for making these examples available. I’m off to buy a notebook!
    -Rebecca

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