The ORGANIZED Work-at-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day #11

Image Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Challenge!  You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.

Like I mentioned in my last post, I set apart one day a week for some focused home planning time.  I call this Office Day, even though most of it happens at the kitchen table instead of the office.  A couple important things happen, including:

  • Menu Planning
  • Balancing my Budget
  • Updating Baby Books
  • Upload/Organizing Pictures
  • Writing Thank-You Notes and Letters
  • Update Website Information (for Organizing Life with Littles, Pride & Prejudoodles, and Amazon Selling)

Your challenge for Day #11 is to create a Menu Planning Section and Finance Section in your Binder. 

I speak more about my menu planning techniques here, but in summary, you’re going to want to have these things in your binder:

  • A place to write down what dinners you want to serve that week (or two weeks, like I do)
  • A place for creating a shopping list (I recommend adding to your list as you run out of things as well, instead of relying just on your memory on planning day)
  • A freezer inventory (especially if you have a deep chest freezer like I do.  I tell you, things get lost in there if I don’t.)
  • Any special diet references or information
  • A special envelope to hold new recipes you’d like to try (since I ONLY keep tried-and-liked recipes in my official recipe binder)

If you’d like a pretty lay-out or printable, there are a gazillion to choose from online.  Just Google ‘free menu-planning printables’ and you’ll come up with a wealth of options.  The important thing, though, is that it’s all in one place and that you use it, even if it’s just a piece of scratch paper.

As for Finances, I’m hoping to do a more detailed post sometime about how I budget the rest of my family’s spending, but you can find out how we keep our Home & Grocery Budget under $300 a Month here

In my binder’s Finance section, I have:

  • Right up front… my savings goal for that year.  I’ve learned that goals written down in big, bold letters right in my face help me keep my motivation better throughout the year.
  • A quick spot to jot down expenses as they happen (I balance and sort these later).
  • A more detailed month-by-month tracker of how much I received in income, how much I spent on gifts, grocery, spending, etc.  I update this page once a month.  (I’m hoping to go more into detail on this later)
  • A list of whom I plan to get birthday and Christmas gifts for (so I can write down gift ideas as they come to me)

Let me know if you have any questions.  I know these are kind of large topics to cover in such a short post, but I’m hoping to cover them better later on.  Let me know what more specific questions you’d like me to answer!

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8 thoughts on “The ORGANIZED Work-at-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day #11

  1. Valerie says:

    I menu plan a day or two before I go grocery shopping. 🙂
    Man, I wish we had a big freezer!!

    • Me too! Office day is usually Tuesdays for me and Shopping Day is usually on Thursdays. Also, I LOVE, LOVE my deep freezer. Probably one of our best Craigslist buys of the century. We don’t have room to keep it in our little home, but got permission from our neighbors to keep it our in their barn. It’s a bit of a walk, but gives me the change to cook and freeze dinners ahead of time. Wonderfulness. Thanks for reading, Valerie!

  2. Jillian says:

    I love your work at home mom challenge. I have a 7 year old and a 2 year old. I also work full time outside the house and I go to school full time. I have felt overwhelmed with the responsibility of spending time with my kids, cleaning, and school work but after applying some of your suggestions I feel more in control of everything. I love that each day of the week is a certain day so I know to focus on that day and not worry about the rest. I feel like I am a better mom and that I have more time for everything. Thank you for your blog it has been a life saver!

  3. Hannah C says:

    Kelsey, I just found your blog through pinterest and am LOVING how you walk us through setting up a home management binder! I have been meaning to make one for a while now and your step by step guide is super helpful, so thank you. I have two little girls, am pregnant with our third and I work part time so I am thinking the binder is just what I need to help stay organized. I know you mentioned you might do one but I would love to see a detailed post on how you keep track of your expenses! Thanks again!

  4. Anna says:

    I am enjoying your plan. However, is it just me that is having the above link to menu planning taking me to the $300 budget info?

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      I’m glad to have you along, Anna! No, it’s not just you. I do talk a bit about menu planning in that series. I need to do a more detailed post on it soon, but for now, that’s all that’s up! Thanks for reading!

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