It’s time for a pop quiz!
- If your electricity goes out, what phone number should you use to contact your electricity provider? You likely don’t have it memorized (if you do, you’ve been losing power too often!), but where in your house can you find the number?
- What’s for dinner tonight?
- The trim on the front of your house needs to be touched up. What color of paint do you need to repair it?
- When is your sister-in-law’s birthday?
- On what day of the month is your gas bill due?
If you were able to easily and accurately answer all of these questions, then it appears you have a good handle on the abundance of information required to keep life running smoothly. Unfortunately, many of us stumble when trying to answer at least a couple of the questions.
The information I routinely need is scattered throughout my house. Emergency numbers and our monthly menu are on the fridge. Addresses are kept in a spreadsheet on my computer. Birthdays are written in my planner. Bill information is in a spreadsheet on my husband’s computer. Home maintenance information is kept on various sticky notes and notecards in stacks on our desks and the kitchen table (you can guess how well this is working for us). You get the idea. I have no system or central location for organizing all of this information.
For about a year and a half I’ve mulled the idea of creating a home management notebook to organize this information. Despite the fact that it might make my daily life more efficient, I’ve hesitated because of the upfront time and effort it will take to assemble the notebook. I’ve finally decided to go for it!
I’m putting a lot of thought into this because I want to develop a system that really works for me. I’m still brainstorming and you can help! Consider the following questions and provide your suggestions in the comments section.
- Do you have a home management notebook? If you do, how is it structured? If you do not, how do you keep track of all of your household’s important information?
- In addition to the examples mentioned above, what information do you think would be good to keep in a home management notebook?
- Do you think it would be best to have a physical notebook or to keep the information in an electronic format on the computer? Or is there an optimal mix of the two?
Thanks for sharing your ideas! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.