A Household Planner?
What is it and why do you need one?
I mean, it’s bad enough trying to keep up with your personal planner; now you need one for the house?
Well, yes and no.
The decision is entirely yours, but a household planner can make things a lot easier for you.
Why Do I Need One?
You don’t absolutely need a household planner.
Chances are, if you asked your friends about it, most of them wouldn’t know what you were talking about.
But as I said, it can make your life easier.
Imagine having an entire cleaning schedule in one place. Not just mopping the floors once a week, but when you should clean the gutters or the vent over the stove.
How old is your hot water heater? Should you think about putting aside some money for a new one? Do you remember to drain it when you’re supposed to?
You had some water damage in the kitchen and need to paint one wall. What paint did you use? What color was it? The finish? Is the damage covered by your home owners policy? Where is that?
See what I mean?
What Should I Put in It?
Anything you want.
In general, anything related to your home.
For instance, you might want to keep a sheet with your utility companies listed, along with contact information and maybe account numbers. You could even keep a tally of how much you’re paying each month, which might be helpful for watching heating and cooling costs.
You could keep a list of improvements you’ve made, when you made them, and who did the work. Again, you could also make a note of what it cost to do.
Here are some more ideas:
- Paint colors for each room, including brand, finish, how much you used, and when you did it.
- If you’ve installed a new roof or siding lately, you might want to add the name of the color of the product along with other important information. We’ve all seen that house that had to replace a piece of siding and had to guess at the color (and got it wrong).
- Contractors you’ve used, their contact information, and what they did.
- What kind of flowers you plant each year, what color they are, and how they did. You could even do a sketch of your landscaping and add the names of the things that are already planted there.
- Your wifi password.
- Appliance manuals and warranties.
- Your cleaning schedule.
Really, the ideas are endless.
How Do I Make a Household Planner?
A household planner is really easy to make, and the nice thing is that you can change it at any time. You can add things, take things out, do whatever you want.
Maybe your planner is where you want to keep some special recipes. I just got my Aunt Betty’s famous recipe for chocolate cake a couple of years ago and believe me, that, along with a few other treasured recipes, are in my planner.
Here are the supplies I suggest for starting your own:
- A 3 ring binder. I sort of dislike the size of the standard 8 1/2 x 11 ones, but they are the easiest to work with. See if you can at least find a cute one, or one that matches your kitchen. Note: look at these cute ones I found on Amazon! And they have more patterns and colors too! See below. That’s an affiliate link; if you purchase those from Amazon, I get a small percentage of their profit. Your price doesn’t change.
- Sheet protectors – they come in handy to protect your pages and can act as pockets too. Also, it eliminates the need for a hole punch.
- Dividers – again cute ones. You may need more than one set, depending on what you put in your planner.
- All of the checklists and papers you’re going to add!
I would start by making a list of what you want to include in your planner and order them by section.
Then, once you start assembling your binder, you may think of more to add.
One word of caution: don’t add anything too personal. Your binder should be within easy reach to make it really useful, but you don’t want to put private information in there.
For instance, our front door has a code to unlock it instead of a key. That’s not something I would put in the planner.
Where Do I Get the Things to Put in It?
A lot of the things that you may want to put in your binder are things you can make yourself, or things you may already have.
Your homeowner’s policy, for instance, or a sketch of your landscaping.
But you know I’ve got you covered, too!
Check out the Resource Library for cleaning recipes, cleaning schedules, and all sorts of things you’ll want to add to your household planner for free! Just fill out the form below.
And don’t worry – I’ve got plenty more in the works, including some blank ones that you can fill in with whatever you like.