Weekly home management, all at a glance

To use my Daily Docket, I refer to my Weekly Checklist. It provides me with a master plan of what I usually need to get done in a typical week.


Photo by Buddy Stone

Here’s a thumbnail of my list (click to enlarge it):


I know it seems a bit intense, but it really works for me. It helps to not have to remember “on the fly” what needs cleaning – I can just check my master list. And it keeps me accountable for those weekly tasks that I too easily slide under the rug.

Unlike my Daily Docket, I just have one master checklist printed, and I keep it in a clear sleeve in my Home Management Notebook. Under the “other” category, I pencil in items as I remember them, and if I seem to refer to it often enough, it warrants my adding it permanently to the list.

I’d be happy to offer this as a free PDF, but it’s pretty customized to my lifestyle, which has a few quirks (cross-cultural, urban living). I could make a generic checklist of tasks familiar to most households, and include a lot of blank lines for personalization.

Or – you can just make one yourself. This isn’t a revolutionary idea, but it’s super helpful for me. It’s one more thing I include in my notebook!

• Next up in Home Management Notebooks: budgets and menus and calendars, oh my!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world 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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  1. This is perfect. I have a similar list system, but it’s always good to see how others ‘do it’ and what I might have missed. Thanks!

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  2. Wow! I am so intrigued! I have been looking for a system and I think I have found it finally 🙂 I would love love love to have pdf’s of your daily docket and master lists available. Especially the daily docket…it’s brillliant. I try to use the calendar on the computer but it isn’t very practical since I’m not always at the computer. Creating a plan the night before is such a great idea…wish I had thought of it! I’ll definitely be reading your blog regularly now that I’ve found it! Cheers!

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  3. @Suzanne & Jen – Hi and welcome!

    Jen, I’m so glad this might help you. Yes, I’m so with you – I love the idea of keeping all my organizing tools on the computer, but that doesn’t work so well when you’re not on the computer all day. 🙂 I’ll be making the Daily Docket into a downloadable PDF very soon, so be looking for it. Glad you’re here.

  4. i’m updating my list right now — living in New England, I never thought of adding my front porch or back deck, but they are there and do need to be ‘fluffed’ Thanks again.

    Suzannes last blog post..Oh Brother

  5. Wow you have this down to a science. I keep a household notebook similar to yours but maybe not as detailed (have to work on that) I have another notebook for ideas (magazine clippings, blog ideas, holidays and scrapbooking section) This is kind of nice to have this seperate from my houshold audition.
    I love your series on this.

  6. Niki – I love my idea file, too! Right now it’s just a mish-mash of clippings in a file, but I need to organize this one day. Glad you like this series.

  7. Now THIS is a system I can use! Thanks for such great ideas 🙂
    I’m the same way… I can’t schedule it down to the hour… to the week, I can do, and this is perfect.

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  8. V. Higgins says:

    How did you make that weekly check list? I’m just wondering was program you used, I’m not a fan of Excel, I like things to be pretty. 😛 If they’re pretty, I’m more likely to use them.

  9. Hi-
    I’m glad I found this blog + this series…. thanks for the free downloads. I need to get started on that notebook!!

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  10. I am glad to have found my way here. I am is desperate need of some life organization so I am going to give this homemaker’s journal thing a try. I love all the lists and the idea of making the notebook pretty. I do love things to be pretty! 🙂
    Keep the ideas coming…I can use all the help I can get! Thanks so much.


  11. Did you take you Daily Docket off the website? I can’t seem to be able to click on it. Any chance you could email me a copy of the daily docket? Thanks!

  12. I know several of you can’t see the thumbnails, so I’m working on reposting them. In the meantime, you can head to “downloads” above, under “resources” in the nav bar. You can download all these documents from there. Thanks.

  13. I also still can’t see the Master list which I would love to recreate for my back to school organization kick! I use you daily docket which is Fabulous, I think out brains work the same… Would you be willing to send me the jpeg or copy of it? Thanks heaps!

  14. Hey! This is wonderful! I just came across your blog! I cannot get teh Jpeg images to show up! Would you mind repost or sending you Daily Docket, I would love to have an outline to start one!!

  15. I am sorry, I just saw teh downloads page! never-mind! You are very thoughtful!!

  16. I just stated a notebook a few weeks ago. This will be a lovely addition. Thanks!
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  17. Thank you so much for offering these great resources! My husband and I are going to start using the Daily Docket & Weekly Checklist in out new Household Management Binder (just saying gets me all excited!)

    But, the pictures of your filled out Docket & Checklist don’t seem to work. I keep desperately trying to click on them to see your own filled out forms, thinking it will work one random time! haha
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  18. Hi – I am a homemaker, no kids, with ADD, and I desperately need some external structure to help me get stuff done and experience success in order to create time for things that are important to me! My husband, friendships, helping others, working with my hands.

    I just came across your website and I am hoping it will change my life! 🙂

    QUESTION: what software program do you use to make your nifty looking organization tools – daily docket etc…

    THANKS so much for sharing your amazing ideas with us!

  19. hi! i’m new to this idea of a family binder as a home management system, but i like it. i’d really like to see your weekly checklist but for some reason none of the images above are showing up … just blue boxes with question marks… help?

  20. Wow! Finally a home management system I believe I can actually do and more importantly follow-through with. I love the idea of the weekly checklist and trying to incorporate that into your daily docket. I would often times become so overwhelmed with the prefab daily checklist that I would fail before I even really tried. I love your whole simple mom concept. I have just recently stumbled upon this website and am not able to download anything from your download page. Maybe these printables are now for sale but I am having a hard time finding how I can purchase them. Possibly you can point me in the right direction when you have some time. Thanks!

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