Finding Freedom Friday

Home Management Binder: Menu Planning/Master Grocery List

by GettingFreedom on September 18, 2009

What would be a Home Management Binder without a Menu Planning section? Check out this post for some Menu Planning tips and tricks if you are still new to the game.

This section is still a work in progress. My goal when it is finished is to have a complete Master Grocery List, and a Monthly Menu Plan to fall back on–in those busy, crazy times when I just do not have the time to come up with a plan.

This is my the cover page for this section. Feel free to Click Here and print yours.

Behind my cover page is extra notebook paper for me to write down meals, side dishes or desserts that I come across during the day, that I want to try. If I find them on the internet, I will either save them in my favorites or Stumble them so I can find them later. If I find it in a cookbook, I will go ahead and write down the cookbook and the page so I can easily find it again, when it makes “the plan.”

After the notebook paper, I have the always-work-in-progress Master Grocery List. Just when I think I have it down, I think of something else, or decide to do something differently. My goal with this list is to incude everything that I buy on a regular basis, as well as price points that I consider to be a good stock up price. I’ve just recently re-done the one I was using, and I’m not so sure that this is exactly what I am looking for either. I found my current template off of our Excel Program, and have just went in and customized it to work for me.

I’ve also included a few extra Weekly Menu Plan sheets just in case I am able to fill it in before the week comes up. I’m currently using the free printable that MomAdvice offers, but Orgjunkie recently linked to a bunch of menu printables and I think I found a new one that I might like better.

Once the current plan is figured out, it gets transferred to my dry erase board that is displayed on my refrigerator. I’ve really come to love this thing–it is much better than the calendar system I used to use. Plus, it is pretty! I found it at Wal-Mart for $1, up by the cash registers. If you are unable to find one–I have a few extra. ;)

Nothing too complicated, which makes it easy for me to keep with it. I was hoping to have my Master Grocery List and Monthly Meal Plan completed to share, but I’m just not quite there. Yet. ;)

Do you have a Master Grocery List or Monthly Menu Plan?

If you have a Home Management Binder, I would love to see your Menu Planning/Grocery Section. Link up!

**If you’re walking along getting your binder set up, next week I’ll cover the Finance Section. For a complete schedule, check out the BlogFrog or Facebook Fan page in the blog sidebar.**


Home Management Binder: Cleaning Lists

by GettingFreedom on September 9, 2009

A clean home is an incredibly inviting, welcoming place to be, although at times it can be daunting to clean it all. In addition to it being daunting, all the tasks are oftentimes hard to remember. I’ve often found myself lost and confused as to what needed to be done daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly. The Cleaning List Section in my binder was created to fix this, and help me to stay on top of all the tasks. In the end hoping that I would have a clean, inviting home, without getting overwhelmed while attaining it.

When creating your Cleaning List, you need to keep in mind the things that need to be done in your home. What works for me won’t always work for you.

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Free Download! Cleaning List section page for your Home Management Binder.

Then I needed to come up with a cleaning schedule, but first I needed to decide what needed to be done, when.

What needs to be done daily?

Multiple loads of laundry, unloading/loading the dishwasher, general pick-up.

What needs t0 be done Weekly?

Things like paper clutter, taking in donations, washing sheets, and cleaning out the refrigerator.

What about Monthly?

Dusting ceiling fans, washing the windows, removing cobwebs, etc.

What about Seasonal Touch-ups and Forgotten Things?

Touch up paint, declutter room by room, dryer vents, smoke detector, etc.

Then I needed to come up with a checklist that would help me to remember when these tasks needed to be completed.
Monthly/Weekly Cleaning List

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Cleaning List

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Seasonal Cleaning Checklist

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The first 2 are cleaning lists, mostly for a month to month basis. I use the middle one, as it also has some non-cleaning tasks thrown in, as a reminder.  The third one is an in-depth home maintenance/seasonal cleaning checklist and is rather thorough, yet very beneficial.  It covers both interior and exterior parts of your home and is even broken up into Quarters and Seasons.

After I had all parts of my home covered and accounted for and broken up, I had to make sure that I would be able to come up with a system that allowed me to get these tasks done. After all that is the whole purpose, right? :)

Right now, I write my daily tasks on my To-Do List on their corresponding days (You can see more of that, here). If, when I have all of the that days tasks filled in and scheduled, I still have a time slot available, I add in a monthly task in. If I am able to complete a monthly task, I put a check mark next to that task on the sheet protector with a dry erase marker. When the next month rolls around, I am then able to erase all my marks and start anew. I do have the complex home maintenance schedule in my binder, but haven’t even had the chance to implement it yet. But, I’m thinking that it will run just about the same way.

I decided not to include an actual detailed daily task list, because I found it too complex to include my every task in a day. I’m hoping that in my absense, the person that was stepping in for me would know that I load/unload the dishwasher daily (or atleast when needed).

Do you have a Cleaning Schedule? I would love to see it!


Let’s get Organized!

{{Update!}}  Now you can get a Home Management Binder complete with everything you need!


After School Snacks: Finding Freedom Friday

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but when my children arrive home from school, they are starving! Some days it feels as if it’ll take a horse to fill them up. I really don’t mind if they eat junk some days, but not every single day of the week. In the last year, […]

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Packable Kids Lunches: Finding Freedom Friday

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School is in full swing, which is rather hard to believe. Our school has an awesome lunch program, where they have 3 things to choose from. Two of those three choices is a hot meal of some form, and the other is a form of salad, with milk they cost .80¢! Honestly, there are very […]

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Finding Freedom Friday: Cutting Back to School Costs

August 7, 2009

The summer has flown by, and sadly school season is soon to start. I haven’t accomplised half of the things I wanted to by summers end this year, but that is probably a good thing. This summer has been absolutely crazy–I can’t imagine packing it with anymore. I’m really looking forward to the weeks to […]

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2009 Goal Update: July Edition

July 31, 2009

It is hard to believe that the last Goal Update I did was the beginning of June–for the month of May. I thought it was going to work out great to have more time between the updates, but it isn’t. I’ve had a hard time staying on track and remembering where I’m at. June and […]

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Finding Freedom Friday: Frugal Challenge Recap

June 19, 2009

Well, it’s been a week! Did you survive the frugal challenge? I did! It even went better than I anticipated! I definitely think that maybe we should go for a longer challenge, don’t you think? If felt like this one ended just about as quick as it began. Here is my recap from the week: […]

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Finding Freedom Friday: Are You Up For A Challenge?

June 12, 2009

For this edition of Finding Freedom Friday, I would like to put forth a Week Long Frugal Challenge. With Summer in full swing, we are running to and fro and spending lots of time in the outdoors. While I do love every minute of it, sometimes it is incredibly tempting to look toward the not […]

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Finding Freedom Friday: 2009 Goal Update

June 5, 2009

It’s a new month and time to check in and see how we’ve all be doing on our 2009 goals. I don’t know about you, but this has really helped me stay accountable to myself and to everyone else for that matter. Although things aren’t going exactly as I had planned, we are still taking […]

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Frugal Family Fun

June 3, 2009

**This is an updated version of a post orginally published in March 2009.** The spring-like weather has really got me ready for some outdoor family fun that doesn’t break the bank. Thankfully we live in an area that is loaded with free , or close to it, family fun. Many of which are in most […]

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