Get Organized with Household Notebook

Simple, basic and even low-tech, the high-powered information manager serves as "command central."

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Money and Finance

A section for tracking dollars and cents makes sense. Keep track of household finances here:
-Budget/spending record
-Bills to pay
-Checkbook register
-Credit card list
-Online service/online account information
-Home inventory
-Insurance information
-Safety deposit box inventory
-Utilities/services directory
-Magazine subscriptions
-Warranty information
-Vehicle records

Health and Fitness

Organize family health care with a Health and Fitness divider. Have a medical emergency? Grab the Household Notebook on the way to the Emergency Room. Visit to the pediatrician? Use this section to record illnesses, medication and medical history. Types of information to file in the Health and Fitness section include:
-Diet trackers
-Blood pressure record
-First-aid kit checklist
-Medical information sheet for each family member
-Emergency directory
-Medical authorization form
-Prescription drug record
-Insurance information
-Pet health records

Travel, Hobbies and Activities

Time for fun! The Travel, Hobbies and Activities divider covers the extracurricular activities that make life worthwhile. Hobby, church, club, sports, volunteer, vacation and travel ideas are included here. Your Household Notebook may have several dividers for this purpose. Are you part of a musical chorale? Give it a divider. Do the children play serious soccer? Divide it up!

What belongs in these sections? Any and every piece of paper pertaining to that activity. Prayer chain lists. Sports information sheets. Lists for travel and camping. These sections will vary from family to family, but here are some ideas:
-Picnic planner
-Travel packing checklist
-Before-we-leave checklist
-Camping checklist
-Vacation idea list
-House-sitter information sheet
-PTA newsletters and rosters
-Church prayer circle list
-Scouting or PTA materials
-Craft materials inventory
-Sewing pattern list
-Books to read
-Videos to watch

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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