Somehow, some way, mom needs to keep a handle on everything. I don’t know about everyone else, but I tend to forget everything if I leave it up to chance or hope I remember. So, I write everything (and I mean everything!) down. It makes life a bit easier.
Remember this post a while back? Why yes, I’ve happily been using it for almost a year.
I may need to get or make a new/fun cover at some point – my flowers are fading a bit since that last photo, whoops. Goes to show you how much I use my notebook, to where my kids now know exactly what it looks like. Other than the fading, it’s been holding up super.
My week at a glance. On the right, the grid for making sure things happen about on the day they should. Like playdates, dentist appointments, milk pickup, homeschool co-op (and prep!) and so on.
On the left is a blank page. For me to scribble anything/everything I need to. A to-do list, notes for me to remember things, a place to stick my post it notes, whatever. See the adorable post-its with all the tiny heads? Super cute post-its from Vistaprint that I bought on a whim when getting new address labels. I like ’em. Moveable (from week to week) to-do lists or whatever it is I need at the time.
In my Finances/Planning section I have a tally of the clothes I have for the kids in each size. Come consignment sale time, I absolutely love having these on hand. So I can see where my holes in their wardrobes are, and fill in accordingly when I come across screamin’ deals ($3 for a pair of big boy size 14 jeans, yes please!). And not, ahem, end up with a dozen pairs of size 12 jeans. Granted, with four kids we’ll likely use all those and then some, but still. Was a bit overkill when my oldest was only 7yo at the time.
My year-at-a-glance of big monthly purchases. Like when we need to be ready to pay our yearly life insurance premium, when it’s time to buy our whole cow, estimate how much I’ll be spending on the boxes and boxes of peaches/apples/pears, all that jazz. My monthly budget/spending sheets are just behind it, but you can use your imagination for that.
Here’s my harvest and canning section.
Harvest tally on the left (about 588 jars for 2012 – I tend to can things on an every-other-year or every-third-year basis now, so that’s a fairly low number of what I’ve got on hand), my canning cheat sheet on the right. Here I also have my lists of what I’d like to can/freeze/dehydrate in the coming year, things I want to try finding in the forest to wild-harvest, and at what point to harvest them (leaves, flowers, berries, roots, whathaveyou).
My Costco price list. I haven’t felt the need to do one for local stores really, I’m freakishly good at usually remembering those prices (but somehow I’m a spaz at Costco – could be the larger-than-grocery-store packages).
Pages of notes. Things that don’t belong anywhere else. Like the notes I took at a doTerra essential oil class. Or random books I want to look at or a list of (dried) herbs I want to acquire from an apothecary or etsy shop at some point.
Or other ideas for things, or who has canning jars of mine. Also around here is where I have my blank pages for scribbling things down or inserting somewhere else they’re needed. I love, love, love the disc-y thing, it’s so easy to move things around! I’ve been so happy with my creation in the last year, it’s been incredibly helpful in many ways.