A reader emailed me and expressed interest in some old posts of mine, about home-management binders, and also asked how my organizational system has evolved over the years. I decided to take up the challenge and give a short explanation. :-)
When I first began to think about homemaking as something that requires thought and organization, I took up a thick, hardcover ring binder and filled it up with charts, timelines, lists, recipes and other odd things. But later it turned out that I need something more handy, something to which I could always throw a quick glance and know where I'm standing.
Some time ago my husband bought me an erase board and I fell in love with it - it's so convenient. I keep it in the kitchen, and use it to write down the running shopping list, my weekly cooking plan, various short-term goals, etc. My husband also uses it to write down some things he wants to remind me to do. When those are done, I simply erase them.
I still have a notebook for long-term plans, and my recipe notebook of course. I also have a weekly planner in which I keep all of our appointments, etc. But nothing beats my little erase board for things I can't afford to forget! Because it's in front of my eyes all the time, there is no chance I might forget to look in it. Also, it's very conveniently located in the kitchen, where I spend a large chunk of my time. The only problem is that sometimes I run out of space. I often joke that I need a wall-sized erase board. :-)
There are some very cute, inexpensive erase boards for sale, but here is a guide to making one yourself. Isn't it lovely?
I would love to hear some of your ideas for organizing your schedule and to-do lists!