I posted on Instagram last week a picture of my home management binder and had a few people reach out with questions about it. So that's what I would like to dive into today.
For the last few years now I have been keeping our family organized with a Home Management Binder. I use it to keep track of finances, homeschooling, homesteading, homemaking, recipes, etc... I use a mix of free printables I find online, printables I have purchased, and some that I create myself. I will be posting the resources I use for the individual sections over the next few weeks.
To get you started, I want to share with you the two pages I use most often. The first is a page I created to keep track of our daily rhythm. This is the page I refer to everyday and it is what keeps my house from looking like a tornado came through. It reminds me of what our daily flow should be and what housekeeping duties I have that day. It is pretty simple but when I keep up with it, it really makes my life flow so much more smoothly.
This isn't a rigid schedule and I don't have exact times attached to anything, although things do happen around the same time each day. The Daily Clean are the things, among others not listed, that we keep up with everyday to keep things usable and presentable. Each day also includes giving a room/area a deeper clean as well. I have tried just picking one day to do a whole house cleaning but with two little "helpers" that method just hasn't worked. Each weekend I focus on one of our Monthly Zones. These are tasks that are either larger or just don't need to be done as often. Of course there are cleaning/organizing tasks that aren't listed and I just accomplish those on an as needed basis. My Rhythm Chart isn't the be all and end all but it keeps our days and weeks running pretty smoothly.
Here is what it looks like. Click on the picture to print a pdf.
One is a blank copy for you to fill in and one is already filled in with my schedule to give you an idea of how I use it.
The other page that I use daily is my weekly to-do list. This page is one that is included in the Homestead Management Binder from Reformation Acres. (affiliate link) I love the whole set of printables and this one in particular is very helpful. I'll do a post soon on those as a whole and how I use them. I like that I can plan what I need to get done for the week and also keep a running list of bigger tasks that need to be accomplished that week/month. It may be simple but it is my favorite by far.
How do you plan your days? Do you wing it or have everything scheduled? Let me know in the comments below.
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