FamilyTimeMine winners, your planners are (finally) on their way. I know they didn't make it time for January 1st, but you should have them by Thursday at the latest.
I have two more planners to give away. I think you'll be very excited by this first one: the Motivated Moms Chore Planner. I love this thing. (Kathryn wrote about it here.) It's a download and you print it out yourself. Even though I'm already quite happy with my daily planner, I like the idea of a daily chore planner to help me keep on track in my beautification efforts.
Click below to read the rest of the review and to enter a drawing for a free Motivated Moms chore planner.
There are several versions of the Motivated Moms planner (click here to see them all). The variable options have to do with size (you can choose between 8 1/2 x 11" and 5.5"x8.5") and configuration (weekly or daily). For each size/layout combination, there is an option to include a Bible reading schedule as well.
The version I have is the full size (8 1/2" x 11") weekly planner. The layout is clean and simple: there are no fancy graphics here. Down the left side of the page runs a column with checkboxes for daily chores: make beds, unload dishwasher, and so forth; and there are blanks for adding your own daily chores as well. These are the things you do every day, and each chore has seven little checkboxes below it.
The right side of the page is for chores specific to each day. Every day of the week (it's a Sunday through Saturday week, which I prefer) has a list of six or seven tasks to complete that day. Each task is finite and simple: clean out purse, change handtowels in bathrooms, dust office. Through the course of a week, month, year, you rotate through all the household tasks that should ideally happen on a weekly, monthly, yearly basis.
The halfsized version of the weekly planner is exactly the same except it prints out with two weekly pages on each sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper. You can cut these apart and put them into a Franklin Covey-style planner, or you can put them in your own notebook. The full-sized weekly planner is 55 pages total: cover, 53 weekly chore pages, and a reproducible 2-week menu planning page. The half-sized version prints out in 28 pages.
You can order each of these with or without the Bible schedule.
The daily planner comes in the same sizes, but instead of a week (or two weeks) per printed page, it's a day (or two days) per printed page. In addition to the daily chore checklists, each day has a space for menu-planning and a section for recording appointments.
There are sample pages at the website. Each version costs an affordable $8 to download. I have printed mine out, hole-punched it, and put it in one of my lovely Small Meadow Press "Pigeonhole" binders. It's so pretty I just like to see it sitting on the end table! But to keep on track with the chores, what I'm going to try is hanging each week's page on the refrigerator. There are so many little household tasks that never seem to occur to me, and I like the idea of the mental nudge every time I go to the fridge in search of chocolate. Gosh, if I do one chore every time I sneak a chocolate chip, how clean and shiny will my house be!
(I'll let you know how it goes.)
Here's the fun part: the nice folks at Motivated Moms have offered one of their planners for a giveaway here. If you'd like to enter, leave a comment on this post. No need to decide now which version you want—the winner will have her pick after the drawing. Let's see, today is Tuesday...why don't I do the drawing on Friday, January 4th, at noon Pacific time. That will give the winner the weekend to catch up on this week's chores.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go change my handtowels and declutter my purse.