The Home Management Divider: The Heart of My Household Notebook

This is the place for all my cleaning schedules, to-do lists, seasonal checklists, my cleaning zones, daily routines, weekly plans, etc.  I use this section of my notebook the most frequently. 


Before I delve into this I do need to give credit where credit is due.  I started out this journey because of  She, and her crew, have really helped me grasp how to organize my home and thoughts enough to create a home management journal.  She calls it a “Control Journal.”  Her website clearly outlines the steps to take to build daily and weekly routines.  As a bit of a disclaimer, I don’t do everything Flylady suggests.  And I think she would be okay with that.  Take what works for you and run with it.


The second website that helped me the most is  This is a great resource for free printable pages, ideas, cleaning plans and more.  In my quest to become have a more organized home, I found that melding some of the ideas I gleaned from Flylady and Organized Home is what worked best for me.  You will need to do what works best for you and your home.  It may be that “dressing to the shoes” works well for you – for me it didn’t. 


The items in my Home Management Divider, in order:

  • Pocket for notes
  • Master To-Do List (this is more for the big picture stuff)
  • Daily To-Do List
  • Basic Weekly Plan
  • Daily Routines – Morning, afternoon, bedtime
  • Weekly Zones
  • Weekly Cleaning Calendar (I use blank calendar pages; one page for each quarter)
  • Zone Cleaning Checklists
  • A Clean Bathroom Checklist – for everyday
  • A Clean Kitchen Checklist – for everyday
  • A Clean Bedroom Checklist – for the kids to use everyday
  • Seasonal Cleaning Checklists
  • Laundry soap recipe and other homemade cleaning supplies
  • Articles on home management that I have downloaded or printed


I will try to upload some of my checklists and routines to my file sharing widget in the next week.  There are many to do, so be patient with me.


Now, to explain each item and the process I used to get to my lists:


I have the pocket for notes so I can put things there that I want to keep but don’t have time to place in my notebook.  For example, I have a great recipe for an all-purpose cleaner on a 3 X 5 card.  I don’t want it in my recipe file, but I do want it where I can find it.  When I have the time, I will add it to my household cleaners page and reprint that page.

The Master To-Do List is more for big projects I want to complete in the coming year.  For example, I would like to convert my recipe file box to a Kitchen Notebook.  So, I have “Kitchen Notebook” on my Master To-Do List.  Other things I place on here are projected dates for cleaning carpets or civic activities I need to plan ahead.  I keep all of my to-dos in this section so that I can list out my tasks in one spot.


The Daily To-Do List is exactly what it says.  Today, my list includes:  post blog article, parent-teacher conference, worship team practice, piano lesson, daily cleaning mission (from Flylady), laundry, dinner for Dawn, type and print lead sheets, bake cookies, work on MOPS Council Meeting handouts . . . the list seems endless.   If I had extra time today, I might have included type 10 recipes for Kitchen Notebook.  I don’t have time today, so it’s not on the list.


The Basic Weekly Plan outlines what I hope to accomplish each day of the week.

Monday:  Kelly’s Mission (Flylady), check calendar

Tuesday:  Kelly’s Mission, go through fridge, make grocery list, plan menus, check calendar, laundry, zone detailed cleaning list

Wednesday:  Kelly’s Mission, check calendar, zone detailed cleaning list

Thursday:  Kelly’s Mission, errand day

Friday:  Kelly’s Mission, check calendar, clean purse, clean car, file, balance checkbook, blessing hour

Saturday:  Family day – whenever possible.

Sunday:  Day to rest, church

Now that I am substitute teaching, I am finding that my Basic Weekly Plan must be flexible.  So, if I sub on Tuesdays, I shift all of Tuesday’s tasks to Thursday.  Some weeks, I end up doing things on Saturdays.  Some weeks, things don’t get done.  I have come to the place where I am at peace with not doing something.  I will get to it in time.  It’s not about being perfect, right?  Right.


Daily Routines are those things that I want to accomplish each day.  For example, my morning routine includes getting ready for the day, swish and swiping (that’s a Flylady thing), checking my calendar, phone calls, make lists, etc.  My afternoon routine includes fixing supper, helping with homework, quick pick-up around the house.  My evening routine includes making sure the kitchen is clean, dishwasher is running, checking the calendar, winding down for bed.


Because this is getting rather long, my next blog post will include all my zones and cleaning checklists.  I know that is what most of my readers are waiting for.  It’s coming, I promise. 


About Amy Caldwell

Home Work. It is probably the most important work we do. The time and energy investing in our homes can make a world of difference and a difference in our world. Juggling work, kids, groceries, church, husband, dinner, and cleaning may be a feat worthy of head-lining the circus, but as long as I have coffee, it's all good.
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