My present Housekeeping Notebook is not working. I lost control/quit using it at the end of November around Thanksgiving as I was gearing up for the holiday season. In my post back in November I noted two things: "if you don't tailor it to you and try to use something that someone else has made up then it won't work." Bingo!!! I had found some forms online that I began to use and for the most part it was working but it wasn't personalized to me. Yes there were places on the forms for me to write and plan, but the forms were black and white and stark.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon and evening making up my own forms with clip art that I liked. Each form was my very own creation made by me for me. I have monthly calendar inserts; weekly planning sheets; daily to do lists with places for appointments, household tasks, work/project tasks, personal tasks and dinner plans all on one page; cleaning schedule; laundry sheet (recipes for laundry supplies and such); weekly menu planner; baking day planner; grocery list; Bible study notes; monthly expense log; needlework/sewing project planning sheets; home project planning sheets; memorabilia project planning sheets; organizational project planning sheets; ongoing to do lists; and a fitness/food journal.
My next problem was the pink notebook/binder. I had dropped it a couple of times and the binding was splitting. I taped it back together with packaging tape until I had come up with another plan. It was junk, but hey it was free. Going to Wal-mart looking for a heavy duty binder is like going to "generic, boring" land looking for something special. You know you are not going to find it but still part of you hopes that something special will be there. Okay, I am getting a little too emotional about a binder. I didn't find anything special, but it was worth a try.
I looked around the house and I had some binders leftover from the law office. One is a large 2 1/2 inch dark gray super heavy duty binder. Oh yes - it really speaks to me and says "come hither and organize with me." Yeah right. It is ugly. I am determined and am up for the challenge.
I purchased some old fashioned floral fabric on clearance. I really think it is pretty and it is something I would have paid full price for. As a sidenote I told my DS that I had bought this fabric to make curtains for his room. He believed me for a moment and got upset.
I plan to take that gray notebook and transform it. I have some quilting batting upstairs and I will pad the notebook and cover it with the fabric. Then it will be beautiful and it will be something that I will want to have sitting out on my kitchen counter or table and I will actually use it. Also this notebook is a heavy, weighty binder and it will last.
I see the Housekeeping Notebook as a tool for me to use to be able to meet my goals, get organized and be more efficient. Basically I want to get my housework done and have time to do other things. I think getting organized is like losing weight. You have to be ready, otherwise you will fail. Last fall I threw something together in a pinch because I overreacted to an almost missed appointment. I wasn't ready to get organized. Well I am ready. Now if I can just find my pinking shears I would be able to get started on that fabric cover tonight!