No Chaos No Order

November 14, 2012

Household notebook

Filed under: health, home — fairyguts @ 1:05 pm

While I was organizing my and Robin’s important personal documentation and health summary sheets, two things occurred to me: having Robin’s health info in a locked box won’t help babysitters and I have gained a lot of weight again and am not healthy. So I am adding two things to my to-do list: 1) create a household notebook and 2) start planning and preparing for a month of healthy meals. There are so many free, attractive, and useful templates for household notebooks out there! I’ve been having fun searching and downloading.

An ugly notebook (and photo)

I either don’t do some of the things many others do (I don’t send cards to people) or I do a lot on my computer (we use for our finances) so my notebook has:
1) Menu Planning
* In season produce, foraging, and when-to-buy lists
* Recipe list
* Pantry, cupboards, freezer, fridge inventory lists
* calendar and shopping lists
2) Emergency Information
* Medical history and contacts for each family member, including pets
* Emergency kits inventory lists and procedures
3) Chores and Checklists
* Seasonal chores
* Children’s chores (eventually)
* Traveling checklists
4) Restaurants (menus)
5) Manuals

I printed some divider sheets and used clear sheet protectors with stick on labels for my section dividers. I used a free border and text editor to make my dividers at least moderately interesting. They turned out better than I thought they would!!

Here are the sources for the templates I downloaded:

Simple Mom blog
Organized Home
Life as MOM blog
Money Saving Mom
Mom’s Toolbelt

I found some pretty fabric in my stash, so I’m hoping to sew a binder cover sometime this week. Then the whole thing will be functional AND attractive!



  1. Great household notebook idea! I think I’m going to do that too! I recently bought some expandable file folders, file folders, and Pee Chee folders because it’s time to organize this year’s med info. Well, the Pee Chee folders were just for fun. Bi-Mart has some great prices on home office supplies, food, and cleaning supplies. I’m sure you go there, but I LOVE THAT STORE. I’m off today to get some retro candy for my sis’ birthday. 🙂

    Comment by maria — November 14, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  2. Oops! I also wanted to suggest this website, where the author breaks down each recipe by price & nutritional info. Great recipes too!

    Comment by maria — November 14, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  3. Thanks!
    I used to go there a lot when I lived in Monmouth and Otis. I just went in a couple weeks ago (that’s where I got our fireproof box) and remembered its greatness!

    Ooo! I’m excited to explore that website more! Love the price per serving! 🙂

    Comment by fairyguts — November 15, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

  4. […] my adventure in going through my files? I had alluded to my manuals in a post about my household notebook where I made a tab for them.  Well, while going through my files, I found so many I had to put them […]

    Pingback by Paperless manuals | No Chaos No Order — March 8, 2013 @ 5:28 am

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