My #1 organizing tip

…is to have a book for your household! Whatever you call it (control journal, homemaker handbook, shalom bayit book, family manager notebook, akeret habayit assistant), this is a crucial book for keeping your household running smoothly.

I call this my shalom bayit book (SBB). Shalom bayit is Hebrew for peace in the house – which is what we want to create with this book!

My SBB is a 2 inch binder with dividers physically, but even more importantly, I have each of the pages on word document. I update each of them each year and in the planning process. My SBB tells me what I used last year, what worked well, what didn’t, and has a list of menus and planning from previous years that I can reference or even copy again! I also have a very helpful list of what I have and where it is stored. I have the pages printed out for me to write on and adjust as needed, but what I really appreciate from year to year is having them on the computer to go in and update.

I will be putting these documents into the “printables” section of my new website as I go. I’ve started linking some of the Rosh Hashanah planning there already. Please visit OrganizedJewishHome and let me know what you think! Subscribe to get updates as things are loaded there (there is a box for your e-mail in the upper right corner or if you prefer a feedreader, there are buttons for that, too).


2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for subscribing to my blog! I am checking out yours, too. It looks like we have a lot in common! I love the control journal idea. I have a routines list and then various forms and binders for other planning. Hope you had an easy fast. I look forward to reading more of your posts!


    • Hi-

      I’ve moved to another site, where I update my posts frequently–usually once a day or so. I’ve got lots of great ideas coming up after the chagim, and have started some other posts to help: a series on chesed meals, holiday menus and resources, and my own printable menu templates, planners, and other docs. I have “seen” you there, too. 😉

      Here is a link to my new website:



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