Your post got me thinking, bluets, about what organizational tools I have now that are working and what is not?
To make this binder truly useful, I have to combine aspects of my home daycare business with my home management. I have forms that I use to plan menus for the home daycare, for example, and since that accounts for 10 hot meals and 10 plus snacks a week, that menu, that I submit to my supervisors, becomes central to my food planning for my family, as well.
I have daily cleaning checklists posted inside plastic sleeves in my kitchen that I use with wipe-off markers. I also post our family calendar in the kitchen, four months at a time, and that has worked really well.
I have a binder for spiritual issues, including flyers from courses or gatherings I'd like to attend, notes about rituals I've done and dreams I've had, but I haven't used it as much as I thought I would. I'd like to fold these things into my Home Management Binder. If I did this, it would make it more personal to me, rather than something my dh and children would also feel free to use, so I'm not sure. If I included my whole families spiritual goals and pursuits in the binder, then it would be more interesting perhaps. I will have to ask if they'd be into it.
Food Preserving- Yes, I did a lot this year, but not enough.
What is your goal for preserving? My current goal was to make pickles, freeze peppers and sauce. I did get those done, but I missed out on strawberries and cherries this year.
In general I want to be well prepared for a harvest when it comes in, so I guess, gathering supplies and getting the correct supplies per harvest?
For preserving, all I really did this year was to make and can a lot of apple butter and to roast and freeze a lot of pumpkin puree. I want to USE UP the canned salsa, beet kvass and applesauce that I have left for previous years. I want to find a better salsa recipe for next year, one that I won't prefer the store brand salsa to. I want to plan better to take advantage of deals on fresh fruit, like peaches, cherries and plums, when they come up at the market.
I also need to plan a routine for saving and starting seeds
Next year, I want to preserve a goodly quantity of applesauce, dried apples and so forth. I want to do some more flower essences. I'm going to need to make more Master Tonic soon - nothing beats it for stopping that coming-down-with-a-cold feeling in its tracks.
I think I'd like a garden diary - pages where I can note first frost and last tomato picked, etc. for each year and be able to glance back along the column at the previous four years to see what the trends are.
What would you put in this section? I immediately thought of seasonal decor, ideas for looks or objects you want for your home in the future...is this what you are imagining?