I’m so excited to share my DIY Simple Household Planner with you! Over the years I’ve tried lots of different household and life planners, but none of them worked perfectly for me.
They were either too elaborate – taking more time than they saved, or the layout didn’t jive with the way my brain works.
Most were too small, not offering enough room to schedule or organize my family of seven. Or they included way more details than I cared to track.
And the cost? Ouch! A great planner can cost big bucks – between $40 – $60. Per year. Yikes!
After much trial and error, I’ve come up with a SIMPLE system that works for me and it just might work for you too!
It’s not fancy or elaborate. My simply household planner is just plain and SIMPLE. Exactly what a busy woman like me (and maybe you) needs.
The price is right too! Initially, my Simple Household Planner costs about $20 to set up, not counting the cost of printable planning sheets, and could be less if you choose to use a free printable calendar or reuse materials you already have on hand.
The best part about this planner is that it’s flexible. There are several styles of the same type of planning sheet so you can try them and use what works best for you.
And the best part of all? Because I truly love my simple household planner, I want to share it with you! When you subscribe to my newsletter, you can download all my printable planning pages for FREE plus 2 different cover designs!
Use them all or just the ones you need. It’s up to you!
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How to Make Your Own Simple Household Planner
Putting together your own simple household planner is easy and frugal!
You’ll need these supplies
- 1-1.5 inch binder with pockets – $3 – $8 (less if you plan ahead and buy it during BTS sales!)
- plastic pocket write-on tabbed dividers – $5
- double-page monthly calendar – $10 if you buy it or you can find a FREE printable!
- your choice of Yearly Goals printable planning page
- your choice of Monthly Goals printable planning page
- The Big List printable page
- your choice of Week at a Glance printable planning page
- Daily Planner printable planning page
- your choice of Meal Planning printable planning page
- Shopping List printable page (optional)
- Family Favorites printable page (optional)
Organize your categories with dividers
All the planning pages fit perfectly in a 1-inch binder and are organized with plastic pocket write-on tabbed dividers (just like I use in my coupon binder).
I used the single pocket dividers but you can buy dividers with pockets on front and back if you want to increase your storage capacity. You can also recycle dividers from other projects by using a drop of lemon essential oil to remove existing ink or my favorite label maker to create the categories. They look good as new!
The categories I use for my simple household planner are: Yearly (goals), Monthly (goals), The Big List, Weekly, Daily, Menus, Kids and Important. Pretty simple, huh?
Your categories may be similar but you’ll want to customize them to fit your life and needs. In what areas of life do you need help staying organized? Make those areas your categories.
Decide on a calendar
The first section in my household binder is the family calendar. I like a two-page, monthly calendar with room for notes and to do items for that month.
I purchase mine on Amazon because I like the tabbed months and I don’t like trying to figure out the whole front to back printing thing, but if you’d prefer, there are lots of calendar options on line that you can download and print for FREE!
Assign each family member a color and use colored ultra fine sharpies or fine tip gel pens to jot down appointments and activities for each person in their specific color. This will help you see at a glance how many different directions you are going that day, which also helps you determine when you need to stop scheduling. You can also use colored washi tape for this purpose.
Set and achieve Yearly and Monthly Goals
The next two sections include two newer printable planning worksheets that I added to my simple household planner in the past couple of years- the Yearly and Monthly goals worksheets.
With my kids running in different directions and me trying to keep up, I sometimes lose site of self care and living with intention. I created these worksheets to help me focus on those things that are important alongside caring for my family.
Both pages mirror each other so you can transfer items from your yearly page to each month of the year. You can write in your main goals as well as break down personal, marriage, family, recreational/relational, financial and fitness goals.
There’s also a blank yearly and monthly goals worksheet that you can customize with your own categories.
Don’t forget The Big List
The Big List, also know as “the brain dump”, is one of my favorite sections. You know all those thoughts that rapid machine gun fire through your mind all day?
The chores, errands, tasks, ideas, projects, desires, don’t forgets, Pinterest projects?
This is the place you put those so you can move on with your day and come back to them later and add them to your monthly goals or your weekly/daily planner.
It’s literally a sanity saver!
Choose your weekly planning page
Next comes the Week at a Glance page. This is where I plan my entire week. I categorize my tasks from highest to lowest priority, jot down my menu plan for quick reference, add in my action plan for working toward my goals and note household chores that need to be accomplished.
And if you’d rather not carry your goals over to this page as pictured above, then you can use this version:
And for those of you who like to see your entire life in one glance, I’ve included a two-page view where you can jot down all of your appointments, goals and to dos.
And that brings us to the daily planning sheet.
Once I have my weekly planner completed – I usually make time for this on Sunday afternoons or evenings – I move on to the daily planner.
There’s space where you can prioritize your to do list, plan your personal daily schedule in blocks of time and jot down your menu for the day.
I complete this worksheet, usually the night before, by pulling information from the Family Calendar and Week at a Glance page and adding in any last minute items.
I have found that when I assign time frames to my tasks, it increases productivity. I’m always careful to give myself margins for refreshment and the unexpected.
Choose your Menu Planning pages
And finally we come to the menu planning section. I like to use the 2-week Menu Planning page as shown above, but you can also choose a 1-week version or a monthly version.
Sometimes I use both the monthly and a 1-week or 2-week plan. I’ll jot down all the possible meals I could make during the month with groceries I have on hand and this helps me plan better week by week and spend less at the grocery store.
A Few More Details
I’ve also created a Family Favorites printable where you can keep track of your family’s favorite meals.
And a Shopping List to keep you organized at the grocery store.
The last two sections of my planner are labeled Kids and Important.
The Kids category is where I keep a copy of this year’s school calendar, their student ID numbers, copies of sports schedules and physicals – and any other paperwork I don’t want to lose.
The Important section is for items I need to keep close at hand for easy access or things related to tasks I am completing.
I have to keep quite a few plates spinning at once, as I’m sure you do. The more I have written down, the less likely one of those plates crashes to the ground. I really don’t know what my life would be like without my simple household planner.
Tips for Creating Your Own Household Management Binder
Remember, what works for me, may not work for you. Then again, it just might. The key to success is knowing yourself and implementing a system that you will actually use.
Brainstorm what areas of your home and life you need help organizing and maintaining.
Think about how simple/complex your system should be (some people need streamlined, some thrive on minute details).
I’ve kept my binder very simple, but you can go all out if you want. Add in whatever will make your life easier!