Yes, I’m a planner junkie!! I have four, and they’re all used for different purposes:
- one for homeschooling
- one for blogging
- an app for chores
- and one for home management
For years, I’ve had the same monthly calendar for home management, and the binder was falling apart.
At first I wondered if it was just another monthly planner/calendar or if it truly lived up to its name, offering its own unique quality.
As soon as I opened the package, I was drawn to the lovely cover. With soothing tones of greens, mauves, and a simple flower arrangement, I automatically felt a sense of calm before I even opened it.
After flipping through the pages, one thing was evident: this planner is truly the Homemaker’s Friend.
First of all, I like the spiral binding—I can either open the book to view a two-page spread of my month or week, or I can fold it to focus on the current day or task at hand.
No need to decide between a monthly or weekly calendar, as both are included. And Sue has thought of tiny details, such as tabs that help the user see at a glance what they need and then flip quickly between monthly views or weekly views.
Behind the monthly and daily tabs, you’ll find a special section for tasks, which is perfect for to-do lists. Having everything in one place has helped me stay on top of things for my large family. While I’m planning our week in the calendar, I’ll add any special items needed for an upcoming event in the task section. She even includes a “mini-tasks” list on the weekly pages. Since these “to do” pages are included in my planner, I have no need of keeping a separate notebook or list.
Speaking of not having to worry about keeping separate lists, at the very back of the planner are perforated strips for groceries. As far as I’m concerned, this was a genius addition. As I plan my weekly menus, I can easily flip to the back and jot down grocery items, tear out the strip, and head to the store. Or if I’m out and about, I can quickly grab my planner and write a spur of the moment meal idea, complete with needed grocery items.
Also included, are sections for addresses, contact information, and even planning and keeping up with events and large projects. I miss the days before e-mail became popular, when I spent afternoons writing cards to friends and family. Seeing these pages inspired me to revive this lost art.
While possibly viewed as a simple finishing touch, I can’t fail to mention the Scriptures printed throughout the planner. Often, while reading through my daily list of activities and sometimes even feeling overwhelmed, the Proverbs printed on the page uplift my spirit and encourage me.
On a practical side, Sue has included two extra months in her planner—December of the previous year and January of the next year. After using so many, I’ve yet to find one that included the following January, which meant that I had to rely on making notes for the upcoming year and hope that I wouldn’t forget to transfer them over. I don’t have to worry about that anymore.
And the planner fits perfectly inside my tote, so it’s easy to carry and use throughout my day—after all isn’t that why I have a planner for managing my home and family?
Yes, while I have four planners, when it comes to managing my home, the Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner has no equal among them.
If you’re looking for a planner that’s easy to use and that will enable you to make the most of your time as you manage your home a family, I highly recommend Homemaker’s Friend.
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