2017 has come by so quickly. Looking back at 2016 there were so many changes in our lives. My husband changed jobs and we welcomed a new baby into our family.
Planning is something that does not seem to come naturally for me – I can’t remember anything unless I write it down – so a planner is vital. As a Stay at Home Mum I seem to have so many things to plan – a corporate secretary has nothing on a Stay at Home Mum (trust me I’ve been that too!).
To help with my household planning and organisation I use two types of planners, both of which I source from from Kikki-K.
On our fridge I have our Family Calendar. There are six columns for each member of the family, so everyone gets a column (including our newborn).
I find this super helpful and I can see if Steve is going to be home for dinner, working late etc.. I also put on here play dates, appointments etc for either of the boys (& me).
I use one of the extra columns for events that involve the whole family, such as vacations, guests etc and the other extra column I use when meal planning. The main meal gets put in here so everyone knows what we are having for dinner – it also reminds me what to get out of the freezer!
There is also a separate column for birthdays. Which is great for reminding me to get gifts or cards to be sent.
My second planner is also from Kikki-K and is the Large Weekly planner. I have tried several types of planners from a Filofax type planners to a simple bound diary. The one I have now seems to be working best for me at the moment.
This year (2016) I used the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley which I loved. This year however she had the weekly planner book bound instead of spiral bound added to that the shipping cost from the US I decided to find something closer to home – along came this great planner from Kikki-K.
This is what I use for my personal planner – everything goes in here! If it doesn’t go in here it doesn’t get remembered! The particular one I have (18 month version – 2016/2017) I got on sale and is no longer available, but they have something similar.
It has many features which I love:
- Spiral ring bound
- Yearly, monthly and weekly view.
- Notes section
- On each weekly page there is the following: water intake, list section, priorities and focus.
The monthly view I use to track our spending, each bill or transaction goes on here and I can see at a glance what is coming up and if we are going a little over at any point.
The weekly view is what I use the majority of the time. It’s where pretty much everything gets written. I really like the list, priorities and focus sections on the page. I can pick something to focus on each week and what my priorities will be. The list can be a life saver, being a SAHM things don’t necessarily always need to be done on a specific day but need to be done that week so the list is my running to dos for that week.
There is also a notes section at the back – this is where I keep various lists including go-to meals and a list of various things around the house that take batteries – what size and how many!
This system has been working for the last couple of months so I’m sticking with it going into 2017. As with any planner system what works for me may not work for you so find something that does. The key is to use it! Keep it out and in view – mine lives on the kitchen bench.
Happy Planning and keep safe!