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It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I am an office supply/school supply/planner/pen junkie. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember. Back in my school days, it was the latest Trapper Keeper (and did you know they still make them?!) Today, I am looking for the perfect pen and homemaking planner. I have a great blog planner that I use, but a homemaking version that I loved eluded me until now.
The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner was designed by Sue Hooley. Like me, she has been married for 24 years and is a busy Mama. The planner was developed after several years of motherhood and homemaking. Sue understood that a homemaker’s day can rarely be scheduled and structured the same as the one before – not every task can fit neatly into the time-
I was excited to try this planner out. Am I ever glad that I did!
I’d like to give you a walk-through of this handy planner.
Get organized in 2015 with Homemaker’s Friend:
To begin with, this planner measures 8.5″ x 6″ and is spiral bound. I like the spiral binding so that I can open it and lay it flat. The size is perfect to carry it along in my purse, but also doesn’t take up a lot of room on the counter. It’s the perfect size, in my opinion.
Sue begins the planner with a “Using the Planner” section. It’s just a quick read-through of what she had in mind for each section. I found some new ideas reading this section, so don’t skip over it!
There are heavy weight pages with tabs to separate each section. Also included in between are encouraging and uplifting quotes. The actual pages are heavy enough that I can use my favorite pens (well, current favorite, remember my ever-lasting quest for the perfect pen?!)
The first section is the year section, with the current year mini calendar on one side, with a month to month list on the opposite page. This is where I write down birthdays, special days, etc in a broad overview for the year. The next year is next, with the same layout.
Next up is the monthly section. These are a month on two pages layout, with the previous month and next month calendars at the top, and a notes section to the side. The boxes are large enough to write appointments, special days, etc. One really neat thing that Sue included in this section is the ability to cut along a dotted line to create your own monthly tabs.
The next section is the weekly section. Beginning with a task list, it then flows into a box per day, with plenty of room to write. Again, a small monthly calendar is included, with the current week highlighted. Another added bonus is a verse from Proverbs for each week. Sue has again included a dotted line across the top right corner, for you to cut off that corner in order to quickly move to the current week (if you cut it off each week, you’ll always be at the current week!)
The task section is next. These are simply lined pages for you to write the tasks you want to accomplish. I use these pages in a few different ways. I have one listed for my blog and one listed for home for a month at a time. This makes it easy for me to see at a glance which crafts or recipes I want to make that month, or any other ideas I may have.
Projects is the next section. I use this in a similar fashion as the task section. There are two lined boxes per page. This is where I have chosen to write down my ideas, notes, and such for our homeschool co-op needs.
The next section is the info tab. I honestly don’t use this section, though I recently realized that I need to! I keep contact information in my phone. The other day, my phone was nowhere to be found and I needed to get in touch with a friend. You guessed it, I couldn’t remember her phone number and had to wait until I found my phone later that night in order to speak with her. Having it written in my planner would have saved me that aggravation. Lesson learned! My 2015 Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner will have this section filled in!
The final section was obviously designed by a busy Mama. It’s the shopping section. What is genius about this section is that these pages are separated into three shopping lists, which are perforated for easy removal! Yes, no more random shopping lists getting lost, and no more ripping a page out of my planner to take just the list and not my planner to the store. Complete genius, I tell you!
Finally, there are two pockets at the very back of the planner. This is a perfect place to stick those Dr appointment cards, correspondence to be mailed, reminders, etc.
This planner is only $12.99, with free shipping if you order 3 or more. A small price to pay to get organized for 2015! Get this ordered, or put it on your Christmas wish list.
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