I am the first to admit that I’m a little bit obsessive with writing lists. But I didn’t realise the extend of my obsession until I started writing out a list of lists (is that taking things too far?)
Apart from the satisfaction of crossing a task off madly when it’s been completed (I find a thick black texta to be particularly satisfying), I don’t like to think. Lists mean I don’t have to do a lot of thinking.
What are we having for dinner tonight? It’s on the list. What do I need to get at the shops? It’s on the list. What housework do I need to do today? It’s on the list. What craft project should I start… you get the idea.
I thought I would share my list of lists and a few details. Maybe you can add one of my lists to your lists. Or, if you keep a list for some other reason, I would love to here it. I think I’ll start collecting them.
List! I hear a list
- The fortnightly menu plan is one of the most used lists in the house. I refer to it every day. Other food lists include:
- The ‘what’s hiding in the freezer’ list
- ‘Things to go on the shopping list’ list
- The shopping list
- The family favourite meals list (I keep this one in excel)
- I use iGoogle’s sticky note function to keep a craft or a to-make list.
- I have a multitude of to-do lists with a specific hierarchy. At the top of the to-do, list hierarchy is the yearly goal list. I haven’t looked at my goals this year like I normally do, so I’ll be refocusing more on big picture goals next year.
- After the goal list there comes the monthly, weekly and daily to-do lists, each one a reflection of the list ‘above’ it, the idea being that at the end of the year, I have gotten through the usual daily tasks and achieved some of my yearly goals. These lists are supplemented by a weekly household chore planner and a calendar that schedules infrequent household maintenance chores that need doing like cleaning out the pantry. I also write a ‘today in the kitchen I need to’ list particularly on big cooking days where I am preparing, cooking and freezing food in advance for both us and the little fella.
- For around the house, I also have a declutter list, a list of clothes that I own and need, a list of home improvements that I would like to complete and lists taped to boxes describing the contents so that if I’m looking for something, I don’t have to open a whole heap of wrong boxes to find it.
- I keep a list of exercises to do each day.
- I keep a wish list of stuff for myself as well as an Amazon wish list.
- I use Google’s library to keep a list of books that I want to read.
- I keep a gift ideas list.
- Lists for this blog include post ideas, a list of permalinks, a separate to do list, a list of categories, a list of improvements and an editing schedule.
- I keep a list of contacts and phone numbers.
- When I travel, I write out a packing list.
- When planning events, entertaining guests or cooking for more than just our family, I write a list.
- We kept all sorts of lists when we go married, like a guest list.
- I keep a list of ‘frugal’ things that I want to try, like make my own soap or my own compost.
- And finally, I’ve just written a list of lists.
I’m sure there has been others, but that will do for now. What lists do you keep?
Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.