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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