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Homemaker's Journal

I decided to post a list of things I keep in my Homemaker's Journal so you can get an idea if you would like to make one of your own. When my daughter becomes 17, she will receive a copy of my Homemaker's Journal and her Hope chest. So it really is a treasury of homekeeping tidbits and how-to's. This is what I have so far:
  • Contact List - Master list of friends, family, doctors, important numbers, emergency contacts, etc.
  • Birthdays, Anniversaries and Events List - self explanatory!
  • Bible Study/Reading material - Some add this to their journals but I prefer to keep my separate in another binder
  • Entertainment Guide - Here I put places we go to have fun, the address, phone and times they are open. Such as the library, Zoo, Fairs, Parks, etc.
  • Daily Schedule - Laying out the whole day from morning till night
  • Bi-weekly and Monthly Schedules - Includes things I would do every 2 weeks or once a month, such as Clean out fridge, make laundry soap, cleaners, etc.
  • Seasonal Schedule - Spring and Fall Cleaning lists....for deep cleaning, decluttering, this includes washing drapes, blinds, cleaning behind stove/fridge, carpets, etc.
  • Cleaning Areas - List of each area of the house and things that need to be done in that room
  • Meal Planning - My monthly meal rotations, Pantry Lists, Price list, coupons
  • Recipes - Tried and Good recipes....it has to be really good and cheap to make my recipe list! I get most of my recipes from my Amish Cookbooks I have because they are cheap to make and the recipe makes a lot to last 2-3 days!
  • Homemade Cleaners/Personal Care Recipes - Here I put my recipes for my cleaning solutions, laundry soap, shampoo, etc. That way I always know where to find them if I forget how to make something!!
  • To Do List - Master to do list and when it has to be done by
  • Clothing and Shoe Sizes for Family/Friends List
You can have so many things in there......I'm always adding more things it seems LOL. But this gives you a general idea. There are sites online you can print of some pages for this or you can easily buy notebook paper and page protectors to put in a notebook! My notebook has pockets for pens, calculator, etc and of course the 3ring binder with side pull out filing pockets for coupons, etc.