It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done a review on the Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner but now it’s back and it’s better than ever!
Life is busy and getting busier, even when I try to pick and choose our activities wisely. If you’re looking for a planner with yearly, monthly, and weekly layouts, as well as plenty of extras, this is the one for you.
When I initially opened my package, my first impression was that the cover was lovely! Bright and fresh. The cover feels durable and is in full colour, as are the section divider pages throughout. The spiral binding is sturdy and secure feeling.
Immediately inside, you’ll find a place to put your own name and contact information should your planner need to find its way back home to you one day, and space for any other important phone numbers you might need to access quickly. There is also a 4 year year-at-a-glance calendar.
Here you’ll find a page for your yearly goals and mini 2018 and 2019 calendars , each with a page on which to write any important dates, sorted by month. There are several empty pages you can use for whatever you want! (the ability the customize your planner is key to any truly useful one!)
The Month section features a page for your goals and a 2-page layout for each month of 2018. There’s a column for any quick notes you need to write, and a mini calendar at the top of the page with the previous and next months. You can cut along the dotted guide on the edge of the page to create tabs to make flipping to the right page easier. American holidays are labeled, and there is another blank note page at the back of the section.
Here is the section that will get the most use; the weekly layouts! Each 2-page weekly layout features a tasks list, a mini calendar highlighting where in the month the week falls, several lines for each day of the week, a menu planning box, and a Bible verse. What easier way to commit to memorizing a verse every week? I love that the weekend days have just as much room to write notes and events as the other days; in many planners they don’t give you enough space here!
Next comes the Tasks section. This simply features several blank pages that you can use however you want. These pages are formatted into 2 columns per page, which makes them easy to customize the way you need to!
The Projects section is similar to the Tasks one, except that each page is divided in half the other way. Tons of room to get your projects and events planning down on paper!
Every planner needs a number and address log, and that comes next. Several pages to write down important names, numbers, and addresses that are alternately two-toned to be easier on the eyes when looking for a specific entry.
And finally, the shopping lists. This is the section I noticed the biggest difference in compared to past Homemaker’s Friend planners, if I remember correctly.
This year’s planner has the usual 3-column shopping lists with perforated lines so you can easily tear them out when it’s time to head to the stores. But they’ve done more now!
There’s a couple of pages for clothing sizes (how many times have you been shopping alone and found a great deal on children’s shoes or clothing but couldn’t remember exactly what size which child wore? Surely I’m not the only one…..)
There are pages for jotting down gift ideas. There are even pages for master shopping lists, organized by food type! And finally, a couple of checklist pages that you can customize to your needs.
That’s a lot of organization in a small book! You can head over to Homemaker’s Depot to find more about this impressive planner, view more page layout photos, and order your own.
You will also find a link at Homemaker’s Depot through which you can print some free menu planning pages!