home management 2014 :: my errands notebook

Last week I shared with you my crazy organizational dive into making up new planners for the year.

Over months now, I’ve grown frustrated with other systems, particularly digital or app versions.  I felt scattered and nonproductive, and just overall disorganized.

Now my husband would say I love to organize my organization and he *may* have a point.:) But, I also think it’s a waste of time to improve upon or tweak something that’s already working – definitely not the case here.

My home management systems have taken an upward turn with a NEW plan, and I’m really happy with the results!

Today, I’ll introduce my errands notebook…

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M by Staples customizable notebook system; the exact blue notebook I own is here. The band holding it all together came with my Erin Condren planner which I’ll review soon.

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Why an Errand Notebook for Home Management?

When heading out to the stores, I was always writing on random pieces of paper or notepads.  Not that big of a deal, except there were several sheets or torn papers in my purse or on my desk ALL of the time!

I really don’t like to carry everything (as in all planning I do for each area of life) with me in one planner.  I also haven’t found a need to do so.  This works for many people, which is great, but for whatever reason…it bothers me.

Instead, I separated things and came up with this little ‘running errands’ notebook to carry only as needed!

The 5 categories I found helpful (and what I’ll keep in each):

**used my label maker for the tabs.

1.  shopping:  a list of clothing needs & sizes for each of us, general home needs & wish lists, measurements of areas in our home such as walls, etc. and what I’m looking to place there, etc.

2.  menu/food:  weekly menu ideas, grocery shopping list, freezer cooking ideas & shopping lists as I make them

{possible dinner plan for this week; meals on the left, grocery needs on the right.  I explain how I do breakfast & lunch in this post}

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3.  celebrate:  any party or birthday planning & shopping needs for this, purchases for other family or friends, cards to order, etc;  also, any family fun or couple getaway ideas or outings (which usually involve purchasing tickets, passes, etc)

4.  schooling:  for our homeschooling needs!  lists of books I’m searching for at thrift stores, special purchases to make or wish lists, our Five in a Row crafting needs

5.  projects:  a list of home or outdoor projects we’re tackling at the moment and any corresponding shopping needs.

The aqua list pad is from the Martha Stewart line, also from Staples.  I use it to list out which stores I’m headed out to.

The dividers are found with the Arc notebooks.

I keep two pocket dividers in the back for holding any store coupons or special promotions, and receipts.

In the front under the ‘shopping’ tab, I have a list of these current coupons (with expiration dates in parentheses) so I can easily reference them when planning to run errands.  Very handy!

All in all, I’m pleased with this little notebook, only taken out and about when running errands…and so far, incredibly useful and keeping me organized.

A win in my book!

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The Longfellow quote in the front of my notebook is printed on cardstock and inserted into a sheet protector sized for the notebook. Here are the words:

‘Let us, then, labor for an inward stillness –

an inward stillness and an upward healing,

that perfect silence where the lips and heart are still,

and we no longer entertain our own imperfect thoughts

and vain options,

but God alone speaks to us,

and we wait in singleness of heart,

that we may know His will, and in the silence of our spirits,

that we may do His will and do that only.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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18 comments

Love this idea, but you’ll have to show us what bag you carry it in. I have a love-hate relationships with my pursues/bags. I love toting everything I might need with me, but I hate taking it out of the car into the store as my neck and shoulder start hurting. But then I feel like leaving a bag in the car is asking for it to be broken into, so I’ve trimmed down to a bag that is tool small to carry your binder. But I LOVE the idea!

I WILL post Lisa – just as soon as I figure it out. :) I’m currently revamping that area too. This notebook is the largest thing I have in my “purse”, but I want to streamline what I carry around on an everyday basis. We’ll see! Thanks for commenting…

Danielle~Thank you for sharing this idea! I love to ‘organize my organization, too :)
I have had the same ‘trouble’ with my current system not quite working. I use clipboards with a lot of lists…I love this idea of an ‘errand’ book~so handy and efficient.

April Christmas

I really appreciate this. It came at a great time. I also don’t like to carry everything around with me. I think an errands book is such a great idea! Wish I would have thought about it. Thanks again!

I love this idea and this planner. I need a system for all of my store coupons and our ‘needs’ list. I’m fairly organized, but I never seem to have my store coupons when I’m out and about.

Fleur Designs

I love it! I’ve been working on something similar, but couldn’t find the right notebook. Thank you soo much for the info.

I am so anxious to purchase this notebook! I am known for making lists everywhere and have piles of post-its and papers of notes jotted down. So very unorganized and cluttered. Love the streamline that this offers. Thanks so much for your post! Blessings! XO

I love the Arc notebooks. They’re just brilliant. We don’t yet have the Martha Stewart add ons here in the UK. Great idea to have a notebook for errands.

Thanks everyone! I’m finding myself wanting to run more errands than normal, just so I use my notebook – LOL! I’ll settle down in my excitement…but it is very handy. :)

Michelle

I was so inspired by this book that I ordered one and am creating one to work for my family. I hate having loose shopping lists in my purse (which of course always get lost) or never having all my coupons with me when I am out shopping. I love this system. Can’t wait to use it. I will keep you posted.

Wonderful Michelle – yes, keep me posted! Hope it works well for you. I’m really enjoying this little book. :)

Stephanie Beckner

Danielle,
I LOVE This!! Although as I am looking at the website to purchase everything to customize a similar notebook, I am not sure of what all you used. Would you care to post a list of all you added to the Arc notebook?
Many thanks,
Stephanie

Betty819

Your Errand binder looks like a great size but that is a lot of extra weight to carry around. I have a physically challenged DH that I have to watch so he doesn’t fall, so I don’t need a lot of extra things to keep track of..Maybe I should find a smaller purse to take along when we go out shopping. The leather purse is heavy enough. Maybe I should look at Staples for a lighter weight binder/notebook like yours. Maybe something that even zips up would meet my needs. Maybe DIY my own folders, if I can’t buy some to fit. Any other Ideas or solutions for me?

Rebecca

I first found the Arc notebooks about 8 years ago and have loved them ever since. I have multiple juniors and one full size, each with its own purpose…but I loved that if I was caught somewhere with the “wrong one” it was easy to move notes into the right one when I got home.

Just this New Year’s Day I LOST the one that would most closely resemble your errands notebook. I’ve been a mess ever since. I debate if I should try to digitize my former system, but I think I just need to suck it up, buy a replacement, and start over. Thanks for your post!

Rebecca

@Betty: you can buy various covers and sizes. If you want lightweight, you can search “Arc Junior” to see the half-page size books. There’s covers with organizers build in and also lighter weight plastic covers. Lots of options. You can even buy smaller or larger rings to meet your book size needs. The extras (page dividers, pocket folders, to do list tabs) are what really add the bulk, so if you can divide with a colorful piece of paper or a Post-It flag, you’ll save on weight and bulk.

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