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Intentional Housekeeping 2011 Planner


Here it is! My main tool for home management in 2011… a (mostly) homemade planner/organizer.

Last year I found myself not only caught up in procrastination but also chaos…for a couple of reasons. The first being that I had no plan of action and the next was because I was spread out everywhere. I had my calendar, my to do list, my menu plan, my to buy list. I didn’t even have a housekeeping schedule so that was haphazard all by itself.

So this year I put together my own planner, with just the pages I would use in just the order I wanted them. Then I took it to Staples and had them put a spiral binding on it for $3.79.

Here’s what it entails:

  • I added a sheet  8 1/2 x 11 card stock in between each month of weekly schedules and attached sticky tabs with the months for easy reference .
  • The first couple of pages are my housekeeping schedule. I created my own task schedule and used this form for my bi-annual and quarterly cleaning.
  • Next I have a full 12-month calendar with each month spreading across two pages.
  • The next section and the largest part of the planner includes each week’s agenda, with menu plan and to do list. The menu plan is located on the backside of the corresponding weekly agenda with the to do list coming next. There is a column on the to do list where I can prioritize the items.

I used this site for my downloads. There is a subscription fee of $9.95 per year, however, it is for unlimited access for that whole year. So what I’m doing is downloading the pages I want for the next five years. Then I have what I need to create my planner each year for one low rate.

It did take one whole (new) printer cartridge to print everything out and then of course the cost for the binding. The paper was part of the $1 deals we got back when school started. So for roughly $20, I have a customized personal planner that works the way my mind works.

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  • Sofia January 6, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Amanda, great job!! This is funny because i just finished making my own customized planner as well. Check it out:)
    http://www.sofiasworld.org/2011/01/finally-free-planner-printable.html

    -Sofia,x

    p.s: here is to a very organized and productive year, cheers!!

  • Gina January 6, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Wow that is great. I definitely need something like this to keep organized. I think your planner is vey logical and makes since to me. I am wondering on the grocery list part do you cut that out and take it with you then or how does that work? I think I would need another form for that part as my shopping list is a little goofy since I can only double 5 coupons for every $25 I spend so usually have to break it into 2 lists if that makes sense.

    • Amanda January 7, 2011, 10:33 am

      Hi Gina,
      I don’t take the planner shopping list with me. I just use that when I’m menu planning to write down any ingredients I need to purchase or as a reminder that we’re out of something. Then I make a separate master list where I order my items by category (dairy, frozen, meat, produce, pantry, etc)…it helps me shop faster and more effectively.

  • Theresa January 8, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I love it! Maybe you could just make a duplicate for me ;)!