Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Household Planner

You are no doubt, probably being bombarded by ad's for this personal day planner or that calendar system for helping you keep your brain from getting too scattered.

Why is this one different?

It's different because it is intended to be used as a family planner, not an individual organizer. Within its pages are the forms and ideas that could help you organize and prioritize what is truly the most important organization here on earth, THE FAMILY. Organizations all over the world have business plans, schedules, procedures, and follow rules of order, then why not the family?

Being the mom of a half dozen kids myself, I found myself stretched in so many various directions that it seemed almost impossible to keep track of who was doing what, when, how and why. I also struggled with being a clutter-holic, and out of necessity, this planner has evolved since I first started developing it during the winter of 2003. My main muse and inspiration is Cynthia Townley Ewer the ubber talented editor of of Her site is a must check-out location before starting your own Household Notebook.

She has so many wonderful downloadable home planner pages that might interest you, and links you to many other mom's and their creations as well.

Within this post are pages I created for my family. Of course I would like to share them with you as well. Being that there are so many pages and I really don't want to overwhelm you I'll post my household planner pages in a nine part series covering topics such as, Preparedness, Medical Information, Money, Family Activities, Groceries, Health and Fitness, Contacts, and Cleaning.

This post is all about the Calendar, Family Goals, Mission Statements and Important Family Celebration Dates.

Items you will need when you put together your own planner are:

__ 1 1/2 inch wide Binder
__ Card stock as well as regular weight paper for printing. I like using Card stock on pages like the Calendar and Medical Information pages that will be need to be a bit sturdier.
__ Sheet Protectors for Section Divider Pages,
__ Pocket Pages

You can create your own Household Planner Cover or use this one and it's matching side border.

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PDF of Planner Cover PDF of Planner Border

On the back cover of the binder I put this Emergency Reference Page for well, um Emergencies where I don't want to be looking up phone numbers.

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PDF of Emergency Information

The first page in our family planner is our Family Mission Statement...

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PDF of Family Mission Statement

Closely followed by our Family Goals...

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PDF of Family Goals

Followed by the Section Page for Calendaring. This page I put in a page protector so that it sticks out further than the other printed pages to mark the Calendaring Section. It's a simple page but has quotes that emphasize the importance of managing our time wisely.

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PDF of Calendaring Section

In my calendar section I include these pages to keep track of family birthdays and important celebrations...


PDF of Family Celebrations

And our Calendar pages. Having a large family meant that a single page calendar didn't have enough room to jot all our important information down. So I created a two page monthly spread. When printing off these pages I printed them one or two at a time so that I could print the first of one month on the backside of the latter part of another. I also used a thick cardstock for my calendar pages since they would be getting a lot of use.

The calendar is divided into four different quarters Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, and Oct-Dec. There is a regular calendar and an LDS version for each quarter. You choose which PDF you would like to use.

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PDF of Jan-Mar Calendar PDF of Jan-Mar LDS Calendar

Apr-June - Calendar Apr - June LDS Calendar

July-Sept Calendar July-Sept LDS Calendar

Oct-Dec Calendar Oct-Dec LDS Calendar

Best Wishes in Organizing your Home and Family in this upcoming New Year. Hopefully these pages will give you some ideas of things you can do even if you can't use them.

Coming Tomorrow: The Health and Fitness Section where I'll be sharing with use pages our family used to help us lose a combined 180 lbs.


Treasure Ann said...

OMG, I love this blog. It is really right up my alley. I am preparing to print some pictures.
Great job.

Treasure Ann said...

Sorry I meant to say, "print some pages".

Marie said...

Thank you so much for your blog! It has helped me organize our family of 5 tremendously! I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into the entire blog.

Kelly H. said...

Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for all the great printables that you made available to your readers. It is very kind of you. I really enjoy your blog. Have a great day.


Kelly said...

Thank you so much for all the printables you created. They are great. I really enjoy your blog, take care.