Top 10 lists to keep in your planner.

I am a self confessed listaholic. You just can’t beat a good list, whether it be for you or your home, dreams or aspirations, seeing them in a list just makes them feel more achievable to me.

Essentially anything you want to track or tick off can be put in a list, but here are my top 20 to get you started.

1. To Do

This one is obvious … if there is something that needs done, list it.Β  You can divide this into sub-categories like today, this week, sometime in the future, or keep them all together, whatever way works for you. I have a me to do and a house to do. My me to do is all the tasks I need to complete (and the odd one I’ve already done just so I get the joy of ticking it off πŸ˜‚) . I check this every morning and see what I can plan into my day.

2. House and Cleaning To Do

My house to do is my cleaning schedule and anything else that needs to be completed. So for instance at the minute I have, buy white gloss to finish painting the new skirting board, and get a price for a new front door. (you’ve got to love the never ending house lists when you own an older house)

I also loosely follow the TOMM method for cleaning but have changed a few of the days to suit my life due to work and kid commitment.

Pic via Instagram @paperclipsandgin

3. Meal Planning

I have a list of go to meals that I use each week to plan out the dinners and any packed lunches etc. that are needed.

So on a Friday night I sit and go through my fridge freezer and cupboard contents and use this to plan out what meals I can and then use the list to finish it off.

4. Shopping List

From the meal planning list, when I am writing out my meal plan, I add on anything else I need for this week into the shopping list. I also add the day to the list so if the supermarket doest have any fresh produce that will still be in date for the day I need it, I don’t tick if off the list and add it to my daily to do for the day before I do need it and pick it up then.

I also do a quick check of toiletries and cleaning supplies and add them at the same time as the meal plan list, and check the magnetic whiteboard on my fridge that everyone is supposed to use to add anything they know we need to buy.

5. Wish List

This is my favourite list of them all.Β  If I see something I like or think would be useful but not a necessity at that time, I add it to my wish list with details of what it is and where I saw it and the price.

We all know when people ask us what we would like for a birthday etc.. And we draw a blank, we’ll now you never will!!

6. Gift List

So a bit like the wish list, but for other people!! I have a list of family and friends that I buy gifts for throughout the year and if I think of an idea they might like, then I add it to the list. My nephews are forever saying they have seen things they like, and I can never remember what they were when I go to buy for them, so by writing them down, I now have a selection of things to consider.

7. My Goals List

There are no hard and fast rules of what your goals should be. They can be as small as doing the dishes every night to as big as starting university to gain a degree. Having a list of things you would like to achieve is a great reminder to yourself that all of these things are achievable if you just take one step at a time!

8. Film and T.V shows

I like to track movies and series that I would like to watch, and also where I am within a series so I know exactly which episode I need to start back on after a break.

You can take this further and add in ratings for the movies, or directors to give you ideas on what to pick next !

9. Books to read

So my list in this for the last few years has mainly consisted on Bill Brysons entire collection. I read a few of them and loved them so have now read pretty much all of his books πŸ˜‚.

I actually need to get a few ideas for some new books to read before the summer . Leave a comment if you can recommend any!!

10. Blog / social media post ideas

So I have a separate filofax just for my blog and social media, but I keep this list in my planner so that if an idea comes to me when I am out and about, then I can jot it down and then add it to the correct file when I come home.


So I hope you found this useful, and understand that not everyone will need every list, and some will need more.. What lists do you have??

All About Me

A brief history of my life up to now …

I live in Northern Ireland with my husband, 2 kids, puppy Loki and a degu called Morpheus.

I met my husband when I was 18, bought a house together at 19 and had our daughter at 20… no one can say I’m not productive πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Shortly after this, my husband started to suffer with some medical problems, which in turn affected his mental health. We have good days and bad days, but keeping on top of all the family stuff that Needs to be done allows plenty of downtime to do what we Want to get done.

We got married a few years later, and my little surprise son arrived soon after that. He was very sick when he was born, and spent 13 days in NICU before being allowed home. We had a rough year of not knowing how his birth trauma would affect him long term, but settled in well as a family of 4.

My son has since been diagnosed as autistic but continues to impress everybody with his constant smile and willingness to learn new things. He is truly a walking miracle. He is able to go to a mainstream school, and has made some great friends at school and after school clubs. Let’s hope this continues when we look to change schools in 2 years time !

I then decided that a sick husband, 2 kids and a part time job wasn’t enough for me to juggle, so added 2 degus (sadly Merlin passed away earlier this year) and a puppy to the chaos !!

So that’s me in a nutshell. I have a full house and love it. 😍

My daughter is my rock in all this. She is growing up so fast and is the most beautiful, loving child a mum could ask for. She encouraged me to start my Instagram and from there my son encouraged me to start this blog. My poor husband now just has to listen to me planning what I’m going to post πŸ˜‹

I would love to hear from anyone who reads this that has encountered anything similar in their lives.Β  It can be a lonely place when you have so much to deal with at home. X

Also please check out my Instagram @paperclipsandgin