Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized
Unlike a personal planner, which is designed for use by one person, a household notebook or family organizer serves as "command central" for an entire family.
Designed to be used by everyone in the household, the household notebook is a central repository of information useful at home.
While each family's organizer will be unique, most are simple three-ring notebooks with several divider sections.
Most household notebooks include a telephone and message section, a divider for church, clubs or volunteer activities, travel, home management and finance. sections, medical information, and personal records like gift list and clothing size charts.
At-home and homeschooling parents often add personal and family schedules to coordinate life with young children.
Because they're infinitely expandable, household notebooks become as distinctive as the family that uses them.
A family with school-aged children involved in dance, music and sports will include organizer sections for rehearsal and practice schedules, summer activity ideas and video to-rent lists.
A two-career couple with pre-school children may add babysitter and day care dividers and an emergency telephone list to their household notebook.
Empty nesters will rely on packing checklists for vacations, home repair records and gift suggestion lists for far-flung adult children.
By compiling and storing family information in a central location, life at home benefits. No more searching for scraps of paper or mislaid permission slips! They're always right where they belong: in the household notebook.