(Perfect for busy moms!)
Are you looking to get more organized and intentional this year? Start the year off right with this free household tracker, which is perfect for busy moms! With this printable tracker you can easily map out things like car maintenance, changing the furnace filter, doctor and dental checkups, and birthdays/anniversaries. These little steps can make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your house.
I don’t know about you, but I consider myself to be pretty well organized. I sit down every Sunday night and plan out my week. First I write down all the tasks I need to get done for work; like scheduled meetings and assignments that need graded. Then I plan out my kids’ homeschool schedules. Finally I make a plan for the household tasks that need tackled during the week (I use this handy cleaning tracker to do this).
Ultimately this ends up being a LOT to think about. When I’m done planning out my week, I almost always forget to add in the random but important things that happen only a couple times a year, like scheduling an oil change or sending a birthday card to a friend (I’m TERRIBLE at remembering birthdays, I apologize).
To help myself get more intentional about these things, I’ve starte using this household tracker, which is an easy way to keep track of all those random things in just a couple of sheets of paper.
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How to Set Up Your Household Tracker:
Using this household tracker is easy. First I would decide if you want to fill this tracker out on paper or online. After filling it out, I would suggest printing it on carstock, to make it more durable. You could either add it to your planner or a household binder.
If you want to fill out this tracker on paper, download the pdf file at the bottom of this post and print it out. I would suggest you click “fit” or “fit to page” before you print so that the edges of the printable are not cut off.
If you want to fill out the tracker pages online, download the 3 jpg files at the bottom of this page and then edit them in a program by simply adding a textbook. I would suggest using a program like Canva to do this, they have lots of fun fonts.
After you’ve printed off your file, you need to decide what items to include on each list. The tracker that requires the most brainstorming is likely the “This Year Remember to.” I would suggest considering things like:
- Changing the furnace filter
- Calling a pest company to schedule quarterly treatments
- Car maintenance (oil changes, routine maintenance, etc)
- Estimated tax due dates
- Changing a filter in your water purifier (fridge or pitcher)
- Winterizing your sprinkler system
- Starting or Stopping a Lawnservice
- Fertilizing the yard
- Chimney cleaning
- Driver’s license renewal
- License plate renewals
Dig deep, the more thorough your list the more useful this printable will be.
The “This Year’s Check Ups” and “Birthdays and Anniversaries” printables are a little more intuitive. Include your doctor and dental check ups on the “This Year’s Check Ups tracker and then the birthdays and anniversaries that you want to remember on the last printable.
After you’ve filled in your household trackers, you can use markers (or crayons) or stickers to indicate the month when the event takes place. These are the stickers I use on my various printables.
If you want to be particularly fancy, you could make all the January events one color of sticker, February another, etc.
How to Use this Household Tracker:
I think the best way to use this household tracker is to reference it at the beginning of each month and add the important events to your planner or to do list. It should help you be more organized and intentional and will hopefully lead to fewer moments of guilt and overwhelm when you realize you forgot something.
I’ve heard the advice over and over again that you should take the extra minute to get the job done right. Applying that to this household planner, these are some things you could try to kick your efficiency into high gear:
If you pay estimated taxes, write all the checks and put them into addressed envelopes (with stamps) at the beginning of the year. Then when the estimated tax is due, simply run it to your mailbox.
Purchase all your birthday and anniversary cards on your list at the beginning of the year, that way you don’t have to remember to pick one up at the store. Simply stash them all in the cupboard and when a new month starts, grab the stack, fill them out and get them in the mail. The card arriving perfectly on time with the event is more important than the card not arriving at all. (I’m terrible at remembering to send cards but using a system like this would likely make it better).
When you are leaving a check up, schedule the next one, even if you don’t know your schedule several months out. Even if you have to change it, it will make it easier to stay on schedule with these appointments.
Download your Household Tracker:
Here’s the household tracker files.
If you want to print them out and fill them in by hand, download this file (pdf),
If you want to edit them on your computer using a graphics software, download these files (jpg files):
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I hope this household tracker will help you get more organized this year and will help increase your efficiency. This is just one more step towards creating your best life.
Let me know how you like using this tracker.