Monday, April 30, 2012

the homemaker's binder...

oh yes.
another of these posts.
if you are part of blogger world these babies are nothin' new!

but, after talking to my little sister about mine today,
and then seeing angell's post asking for suggestions, it seemed natural i share mine!

first off, i tried and tried to make my homemaker's binder years ago.
i'd start to reorganize, get a little lost, and quit.
repeat that step 10 or so times.

i read Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman.

Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family  -     
        By: Kim Brenneman
holy cow.
that book is like lotion for itchy skin.
or guacamole on ...anything.
it was life transforming for my household.

the most important thing is...wait for it...

I am caught up on laundry!!!

i know,
a moment of silence.
no more chair covered in clothes, no more musty leftinthewashtoolong shirts,
no more hubby screaming asking at 6 am if he has any clean undies.

i am on it.

kim's idea is 4 loads by 4 o clock.
she has a farm and a few more kids, so mine is 3 loads by 3.
i had to start by having a major laundry day to start from scratch.
i mean like 15 plus loads.
i know,
*hangs head in shame*

but, once i was banging my head against the wall to do my most dreaded task ever of folding and putting away, i was able to start afresh.

everymorn, right after hubs gets out of the shower, i put in a load.
i bring it out and fold it asap.
i bought each kids their own basket{ the two littles have a dish tub bucket , as those are easier for them to take up the stairs} & wrote their names in sharpie.
i am usually done way before 3, but that is my absolute last minute crunch to get clothes all put away, and yes, each kid puts their own away, though i confess i fold them all.

so, anyways, onto the binder. 
this is what my first page looks like:
it's a print out from moneysavingmom that i saved and put in my own list.
click on it to see it closer.
i put it in a sheet protector and write on the same one everyday with a dry erase marker, it wipes right off at the end of the day.
then i have my household chores split up into different days{another large family logistics idea}

so on kitchen day, i have listed all the things i may need to do that day,
clean frig,
wipe down cupboards, etc.

tuesday is bathroom day, wed. is bedroom, thursday is living room/dining, friday office day, saturday outdoor day.
i don't do everything on the list each time, but circulate through.

for my meal planning section, i finally took hold of a great idea a friend shared at a local homeschool meeting, of doing a 'theme' each day.
it makes meal planning much easier!
so we have mexican monday,
chicken tuesday,
crockpot wed.,
pasta thurs.,
easy peasy fri.,
soup,salad, sandwich saturday,
and special sunday.

then for each of these days i have a list that i write meals that could fall under that category,
and as i plan the weekly meals, i just pick something off each list!
these lists are from

i will share the next parts of my binder another day this week,
and plan on making a homeschooling one similar.
linking here:


Anonymous said...

excellent! love what you shared!!

Tifani said...

Awesome idea. I've never heard of a homemaker binder.

Anonymous said...

sweeeeeeeeeeet, ! love it

One plus One equals Six said...

Lol, Laundry wars! It's always the first thing I do each morning, start a load of laundry. :)

Blog Archive