Household Notebook – Contacts

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To start out this week’s Household Notebook post I have a video of the notebook and supplies I’m using for my notebook.

You can see that you can easily start your Household Notebook with supplies that you probably already have around your house.

This week in the Household Notebook series, we’re going to talk about Contacts. I feel that it’s important to have a current list of all your contacts in one place. This way, in an emergency you can easily grab one list and have all the necessary contact information. In our house it’s also helpful because my husband is not good at remembering where I keep things. By having all this information in one place it makes it easy for him, especially if I’m not around.

I like to keep all of my contact information in Google Contacts. This is my personal choice because it automatically syncs with my iPhone. I can easily add contacts from my phone or on the internet. If I can type someone’s informtaion right into my phone while I’m talking to them I don’t have to worry about losing the slip of paper it was written on before I record it. Plus, my contacts are automatically backed up and accessible to me anywhere. Then, after I edit my contacts, I can easily print a new list and add it to my Household Notebook.

To keep my contacts organized I have them seperated into three different categories, family, friends and businesses. Depending on your situation you could have more or less categories. Choose categories that will work for you.  The friend and family categories are pretty self explanatory so I won’t go into detail on them, but the business category is a little broader. I like to keep the contact information for any business that I regularly do business with and may have to call. For example, I have my insurance agent, our doctors, dentist, mechanic, vet and so forth listed in there. I personally keep the contact information for my bank and other financial institutions in the Finance section, but you may want to include them here. You also may want to include the information for any food places you regularly order from. I keep these in the Menu section along with a copy of their menu, but some people prefer them to be in the contacts section. Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to keep your Household Notebook. It’s all about what is going to work for your family.

Google Contacts is not your only option for tracking your contacts. There are plenty of other programs that will work for just as well. You could use Outlook, Word , Excel, Google Docs or various other programs. And hey, you could even go old school and just write out your list. Whichever method you choose, just make sure that you keep a copy of all your current contacts in your Household Notebook.

Your assignment:
This week your assignment is to get your Contact information together and organized. Try to verify that you have current information on everyone (name, address, phone, email, etc) and then add the list(s) to the Contact section of your Household Notebook. Next week I’ll have another linky up so that if you post about how your track your Contacts you can link to your post.

Did you post about your notebook or this project? If so, add your link to the linky. Just please add the permalink to your post and not just a link to your homepage.

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