Daily / Weekly Cleaning List: This is a list of the different cleaning chores that I should do on a daily and weekly basis. I know that some people prefer a chart that they can check off but for me a list of reminders is enough.
Seasonal Chore List: I divided up the seasons into two charts, Spring / Summer and Fall / Winter. Each chart lists specific chores that should be done to prepare for that time of year as well as space for notes. I use the notes section to remind me of any details that I’ll need to know from the previous year, like where we stored our winter clothes or that we’ll need to save some small containers before we can start seeds.
Cleaner Recipes: I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies including 2 types of laundry detergent (1 for clothes, 1 for diapers). I keep the recipes in this section so I can quickly refer back to them when its time for a new batch. * Making your own cleaning supplies is better for your health, your wallet, and the environment. A triple win!
|Vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner|
Wants / Needs List: The first thing in our To-Do section is a page divided into two categories: “Wants” (or Thneeds, have you read The Lorax?) and “Needs”. We write bigger purchase items or projects onto these lists so that we can better keep track of what we need to plan for. For example, right now on our Thneed list is a stand alone freezer so that we can continue to shop in bulk and preserve more food. We would love to have one but its not crucial so we are saving up for it. On our Need list is firewood because we will definitely need to cut more before next winter. Dividing things up like this helps us keep things in perspective and to focus our energy on the most important things first.
To-Do List: Obviously this section has to have an actual To- Do list in it. We divide it up by person so that it is easier to follow and cross things off as we go (there is something so satisfying about crossing things off a list).
Calendar: We keep a monthly calendar in the binder that has space for writing in schedules and what not. We use it to keep track of appointments and functions on it as well as our work schedules. Its super helpful to be able to open the binder and know whats going on.