My Spiral Notebook System

*This is my article that was published with Proverbs 31. www.Proverbs31.org

Organizing My Life With Spiral Notebooks

Searching for the perfect day planner has always been a difficult task for me. I have spent so much money on planners of every sort and size trying to find the one that would suit me and my life best. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, it means they just didn’t work for me. I am a full-time wife, mother and now a grandmother and I organize a Women’s Ministry at my church as well as a Bible class. I would love to share with you how I came up with a solution that has worked perfectly for me. I use the inexpensive spiral notebooks that you can find at any office supply or discount store. I have paid anywhere from ten cents to 1.00 for my spirals. I like bright colors, so I always choose the brightest assortment of covers on the spirals. Since I spend such little money on them, I don’t hesitate to tear out pages to throw away or file. With the spiral system, I can set it up anyway that I want to instead of according to someone else’s plan. As my season of life changes or I take on a particular project or ministry, I am able to incorporate a different title of notebook. I use a permanent marker to write the title on the front cover. You can also find bright small sticky note tags to mark a page that you may need to turn to on a regular basis in each notebook. I store my notebooks together on my desk for easy retrieval.

Spiral #1 – To Do

This is where I keep a running list of my to do’s for each day. Instead of little notes everywhere of things to get done, I put the today’s date at the top of the page. I make my list of things to do for that day. At the end of the day whatever is not marked off, I transfer those items to the next page with tomorrow’s date on it. I then tear out the list from today and throw away. I do this until my pages are all gone and then replace with a new spiral when needed.

Spiral #2 – Home Management

The first page of my Home Management Spiral has my house cleaning schedule. Each day I tend to a different section of the house. Which I have found is easier for me than taking an entire day to clean.

I also have a page designated for each room of my home. On this page I list my goals for that room. (Examples: Guest Bath needs new towels. Nathan’s room needs the ceiling fan cleaned.) As I complete a task for each room, I then cross off that item.

I have the habit of clipping decorating pictures out of magazines of things that I would like to try. I use a glue stick and glue them in this notebook for future reference. You may also want to have a section of books, music, or movies that you have loaned out. Anything that has to do with your home management would go in this spiral.

Spiral #3 – Kitchen

I keep a separate notebook for my kitchen. I record menu plans and recipes. I can use this same book for my grocery list as I make my menu plans. I just tear out the page before heading to the grocery store. Anything involving food and kitchen will go in here. If you love to decorate, you can even put your goals and pictures in the kitchen spiral.

Spiral #4 – Diet Journal

This is a journal that I most recently put together because I am desperately wanting to shed some pounds. I glued my before pictures for motivation. I have my measurement chart listed with my goal as well. I have recorded anything that will motivate me and encourage me in the area of a healthy eating lifestyle. I record thoughts and feelings that I’m having in the eating area. I record scriptures that the Lord has given me to comfort me. I use it as a food journal when I want to see exactly what I’m eating which will show me why I’m where I am. I have pictures from magazines of the type of clothes I would love to wear. (ex. how I would like to look in a pair of jeans) I even put in samples of hair styles to try for when I get to my goal weight and I want to treat myself to something different.

Spiral #5 – Personal Journal

This is the spiral that I record daily thoughts, ideas, dreams and goals. I try to write at least one paragraph a day on anything. Maybe a sermon I heard that sparked something or a memory I had from childhood. It could be something one of my children said or did that I don’t want to forget. I have even made a list of places I would like to travel to someday. I even record books I want to read.

Spiral # 6 – Bible Study

This is where I record scripture I’m memorizing and thoughts that come to me as I have my Bible study. I record my prayer list here as well.

We all wear different hats in our lives. Consider these notebooks your hats. Each one is for a different area of your life. I have a notebook for my Writer’s Group that I’m a member of to record thoughts and assignments in. I also have one title Women’s Ministry that I keep ideas and information in that pertain to that one certain area of my life. It has been proven that when you write down your goals, you are 80% more successful to complete that task.

Items needed:

Spiral notebooks

Pen

Sticky Tabs

Glue Stick

A handy spot to keep your notebooks in.

Cleaning Schedule: Day #5







Jim and I have our own offices, so on Friday’s, I get those cleaned along with the breakfast patio, front porch and back patio.

Well, that’s my week of cleaning. It doesn’t take long at all when I do a little each day. As I said before, if I’m going to have a full week, I will clean the entire house in one day. I’ve even cleaned the scheduled rooms the evening before and that way, I don’t have any cleaning to do during the day. I do that when Jim and Nate are busy with projects where it won’t bother them if I’m cleaning. 🙂
As I get some decorating projects done, I will post those, but for now, I’m brain dead in that area. Where is Candice Olson!? She is my favorite designer on HGTV.

Cleaning Schedule: Day #3




Wednesday is the day I clean bedrooms. We have four of them. Nathan’s room is also his home office, so he has guitars, amps, cords, pedal boards plus office items. I just dust and vacuum for him, he does everything else. 🙂 I didn’t take a picture of his room, I figured he might not appreciate that. The same for his bath. I do clean that for him. He is a very neat and tidy person, I just have a hard time around all the cords, guitars, etc.

We’ve been in our house one year this month. I’m still working on the decorating for the bedrooms.

Cleaning Schedule: Day #2





Tuesday’s are bathroom cleaning day. We have five bath’s and it doesn’t take me too long, so it is an easy cleaning day. 🙂

We have lived in our house one year this month. I’m still having trouble in the decorating area of the bathrooms. Is it just me, or are bathrooms really hard to decorate. Suggestions accepted, if you have any. 🙂
I usually do my laundry on this day as well. We send all of our wearing clothes to the cleaners for pressing etc. so that makes it very easy. Except for Nate, he likes his wrinkly and fresh out of the dryer. I’ve actually tried to take his things in for a good pressing and found out that was a no-no. Sorry Nate. 🙂

Our New Home

We are all moved in and have been working to make our new house our home for the past couple of months. I’ve had lot’s of requests for pictures, so here we go. I will start taking more as I get each room decorated. I love decorating ideas, so if you have any, send them my way. My first concern is the front. You probably can’t tell, but the porch area is really large behind the iron fencing, but I don’t want it to look cluttered, maybe some large pots with plants. I’m not sure about furniture. In West Texas, the dirt blows horribly, especially our area, since so much new construction is going on and we are on the edge of our city. I put my three little trees at the door area and decorated for fall, we have already chased the bows down the street. Jim finally tied the bows to the door, which doesn’t look too good. I think I may take them down, I’m not sure. I do like the fall wreaths on the door though.

This is the left side of the house. Through the gate is a breakfast patio that I have big plans for in the Spring.


This is a night view of the front porch. I’m sure you figured that out though. 🙂

This is our front porch. We haven’t decided how to actually decorate the porch yet. I don’t want a lot of things on the porch, but some large pots might be fun. Ideas anyone?

This is a view of the right side of the house. We just had our trees planted, so they have stakes on them to hold them down. Which is a good thing, we just had a windy day and I’m almost sure they would have blown over if they didn’t have those stakes. 🙂

Elegant Chic

I’ve been trying to come up with a name for my decorating style.

“Elegant Chic”

That’s it. Which means, I like elegance and I like chic along with everything else. 🙂

Decorating Fun

I love to decorate. We just finished a few remodeling projects. Here are a couple of pictures of our dining room. Our dining room is small and close to the entry, so I like to keep it simple and cozy. I really don’t know my decorating style because I love everything.



I am looking for some ideas for the cake pedestal domes on my dining table. I’ve been looking at some faux cake displays to put in them. I would love to make my own, but I don’t have a clue how to do it. It may be easier to purchase some. I saw some cute ones at www.MyPinkBoutique.com

I love Fall!


This is little April watering some mums at her Uncle Nate’s house.

I love this time of year. Sometimes Fall and Thanksgiving get overlooked due to all the preparation of Christmas. I decorated for Fall/Thanksgiving at the first of September. My goal was to decorate for Christmas the beginning of November, but I am loving all the autumn decor right now. Not to mention we are doing some remodeling and I don’t think this is a good time to get the Christmas out yet. I forsee a mess and I’m trying to stay calm. I’m excited about the new tile, carpet and redecorating, so I won’t complain at all. 🙂

I have so much to be thankful for this year and I look forward to what God has in store for our family in the coming year. God is so good!

No TV!

Well, today I decided I was going to do without television for one week.

I always use my digital recorder to record programs that I like to watch. But, I have decided that I have really wasted a lot of my time watching programs that I could be doing other things.

Some of my favorite programs are:

Fox News (I’m a news fan)
Martha Stewart
Oprah (when she has a decent program)
Herman and Sharon (they interview authors)
Life Today (they interview authors, singers and speakers)
Hallmark movies
HGTV (decorating programs)
Food Network (Semi-homemade, Paula Deen, etc. etc.)

What I can do in place of television viewing:

Bible Study
Decorating
Cooking
Reading
Sewing
Writing
Spending time with family and friends

So far, so good. I’ve had a very productive day.

About Me

Jim and I have been married for 34 years.  I can’t believe it! What a wonderful life it has been. We served in full-time ministry for the first 20 years of our marriage. The last fourteen years we have had our own business and the Lord has blessed so much in so many ways. I am very thankful for those years that God used us in full-time ministry, but what a joy it has been to serve Him in this new journey.


We have two precious kiddos, Patti and Nathan. We began the homeschool adventure when Patti began first grade.  After 15 years as a homeschool mom,  Patti and Nathan graduated from Dillow Christian Academy. 



Patti is married to a wonderful man, Rodrick. They have four of the cutest kids on earth, April, Oliver, Zoe and Graham and number 5 will be here this year! What a precious family they are and to see them serve the Lord in their church and in their home is a blessing.  It is a joy to watch Patti as a precious wife and mommy. Rodrick is not only successful in his own business, but as a husband and father.





Nathan is an absolute joy to our lives! He is 28 and has his own animation studio as well as working on an animated movie that will be in theaters this year.   Nathan is also an accomplished electric guitarist.




Someone that is very important in my life, is my mom.  She is my hero!  I could write an entire book on what she means to me.  



Me? I love being a wife, mom and Mimi! Home is my favorite place to be. Caring for my home is my love; everything from organizing to decorating. Notice I didn’t say cooking. Cooking is not one of my strong points. I try, but it’s just not that great. I do love my kitchen though. Cookbooks, aprons, dishes, cookware, gadgets etc. are some of my favorite things. I don’t understand either, so what can I say.


I love to shop. As strange as it may sound, kitchen stores are at the top of the list. I don’t understand that either.

The last few years I have been interested in writing. I have been published in a few magazines and have been “working” on my book and have other book ideas. Some day I will get there. I just find so many other fun things to do and keep putting the book on the back burner. I’ll get there though!


Women’s Ministry has been a part of my life the last 9 years and recently stepped down as Women’s Ministry Director to spend more time writing.  I have a desire to see women reach their full potential and to live in peace as a woman after God’s own heart!  There is nothing greater than seeing a godly woman who loves her husband, children, home and serves her Lord with peace and contentment and mentors that love to others.


I love life and want to live it to the fullest. At the same time, I look forward to that day when I get to see my Savior face to face.