The quote by Benjamin Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” is very apt, even if we don’t often take it to heart or put it into action.
By creating a Household Planner, you not only provide everyone in the household with an easily accessible and complete one-stop source of information but with a tool that allows everyone’s lives to run more smoothly.
So, how can you use a Household Planner best?
The answer to this will be totally unique for you and the household you work and live in.
Although it might be helpful to include:
Household members’ schedules - especially helpful if there are children with sports clubs etc. or if members of the family travel a lot.
Important contact numbers and information - include all emergency contacts, medical and allergy information and details for any suppliers, staff and contractors.
Important dates - appointments, holidays, events and reminders can be included in this section.
Household cleaning and maintenance schedules - this can be broken down into daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal checklists and can include any special information on cleaning specific items such as antiques or swimming pools for example.
Menu plans - include any special or often requested recipes and details of any specific suppliers.
A household communication section - this is a section where you can communicate with your family or employers and inform everyone of any daily plans, events, expected visitors or contractors due.
Expenses - if appropriate, all household expenses can also be recorded to provide an ongoing total.
Events - each event can be recorded in individual sections and removed when completed.
Now, that can seem like a long list especially if you are starting from scratch however, the good news is that creating a Household Planner doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming or expensive.
Sometimes all that is needed is just a diary kept by the telephone or in the kitchen combined with a standard folder or notebook with all the relevant information in.
Plus, once the initial work is done it is very easy to maintain on a daily basis.