In her recent post on the second section of her Cycles of Grace Notebooks, Mary provided various detailed and incredibly helpful housekeeping lists. I am working on my own set of these notebooks. I began this year after a fairly organized Nativity Fast, in which I was able to do most of the preparations for Christmas that I had set out to do using FlyLady's Holiday Control Journal. I had the idea that I would add to the binder by continuing to print out portions of that planner to be used with other holidays during the year that require preparation. Early into this process, I discovered Mary's Cycles of Grace Notebook system (including her set weekly menus), and I was hooked!
One question I wanted to answer for myself regarding the section she calls "Beauty in the Home" (the housecleaning and routines section, similar to FlyLady's original Control Journal) was why would I want to include this section in a set of seasonal notebooks as opposed to having one notebook for this section alone that does not change? My daily routines remain pretty much the same, don't they? The lists Mary provided for Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Routines looked like they would also remain the same. So why print out 5 copies for 5 different notebooks?
Suddenly, inspiration struck. I had just been getting through a bunch of tasks that I would probably need to do at the same time next year (ie., switching out the kids' clothes, boxing up mittens and winter coats, etc.). It turns out that I do have certain chores that should be done during certain seasons--so why not create a set of To Do lists individual to each Cycles of Grace Notebook so I don't have to reinvent the lists next year? Isn't that the whole beauty of the other sections of these notebooks?
I have begun a list of these chores that will take the place of the Quarterly and Annual Routine lists. I think I will keep the Monthly list, determine how many months that Notebook will cover, and add an appropriate number of little boxes to check off next to the items on this list. (Incidentally, I've noticed that my Daily Schedule and Routines will also change slightly in the next season as we shift into a lighter homeschooling schedule and more time outdoors.)
Here are my lists for Notebook 4: The Pascha Season. The first contains chores that need to be done in my home.
The second contains tasks that are more planning in nature.
I have also created a Projects page that is filed in my housekeeping section, a tab behind my Monthly and Seasonal Chores. (My housekeeping tabs are Homemaking Journal; Daily Schedule & Routines, Weekly Routine; Monthly and Seasonal Chores; Projects; Household Inventory List.) It's basically an ongoing To Do list sheet.
These are works in progress, but I am very excited about the prospect of using this next year. I am starting to think more about Notebook 5 now, and hopefully, I will be posting some more of my creations for that notebook soon. I am also eagerly awaiting Mary's post on her third section "The Year of Grace." I have my own ideas for this section that aren't strictly church-year-related. I'd like to include tabs for various secular holidays that we celebrate in some fashion, possibly a tab for birthdays or other gift-giving occasions, and of course I do have church year information filed there too. I'm sure Mary (and others) will have ideas I haven't thought of and ways of organizing them into lists that will help me to organize my own notebooks. Looking forward to the discussion!