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Hf #009: How to Make a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote

on August 26, 2015 by Jami Balmet 26 comments

Welcome back to the eighth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to the last episode here: Episode #008: Creating Realistic Routines for the Busy Homemaker.

Hf #9 Creating a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote

Today I want to share a free tool with you that has become essential in my homemaking: And that’s Evernote! If you are not familiar with Evernote, it’s a website that allows you to store online Notebooks and notes. But the awesome thing is, it’s not just on your computer. You can download the app for your phone or tablet and have the program with you where ever you go. You can start a new note on your computer, pause, and pick it back up on your tablet when you are sitting on the couch. Or look up a quick note or link when you are out on the go on your phone.

There are literally a million things you could do with Evernote, but today I want to share how Evernote has become my online home management binder. I’m going to share the different ways I use it as my digital way to store notes, calenders, schedules, and more for my family (and how my husband uses it also)!

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What Evernote is
  • How I use it for home management
  • The specific notebooks and notes that I use to better manage:
    • Menu planning
    • House Projects
    • Anniversaries and Birthdays
    • Holiday Organization
    • Organizing my to read and to listen to items
    • Medical Records
    • Weekly Meetings for Jason and I
    • Blogging
    • And more!

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Book of the Week:

Women of the WorWomen of the Word by Jen Wilken

Today’s book recommendation has nothing to do with today’s topic but it’s one that I just got done reading and it’s fabulous!! It’s called Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. I had no idea what to expect from this small book but it was really amazing. The tagline for the book is How to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. I’ve read a lot of books on similar topics and unfortunately, the ones written specifically to women tend to be very light and fluffy.
But Jen really cuts to the core of what it means to study the Bible and gives some really great, solid, Biblical teaching on the subject as well as hand’s on, practical advice for actually studying the Bible. I love this quote from her in chapter one:
“It might seem that studying the Bible would be something we should know how to do intuitively. After all, if God discloses his will and character there, wouldn’t the Holy Spirit just open up its message to our hearts? But this is not the case. Yes, the Holy Spirit opens the Word to us, but not without some effort on our part.
Do you know that the word disciple means ‘learner’? As a disciple of Christ, you and I are called to learn, and learning requires effort. It also requires good study methods. We know this to be true of our schooling, but do we know it to be true of following Christ?” Women of the Word pages 22-23
I have the hard copy of the book but you can also find it on Amazon on your Kindle or even as an audio book! If you don’t know already, I am a HUGE fan of audio books. I listen to them while I cook, clean, and drive around town on errands. I am able to fit so many more books into my schedule by doing that. And right now, if you are a new Audible customer, you can actually get TWO books for free – including Women of the Word – by signing up for a FREE 30 day trial. Just remember to cancel at the end of the month if you don’t want to continue the membership. You can sign up for the free 30 day trial, and download TWO free audiobooks of your choice by going signing up through this link.


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  1. My dear lady, you have done another splendid job on your Homemaking Foundations podcast! This topic regarding Evernote and how it can be utilized was full of great tips and tricks! I would very much like to hear a second podcast on Thursdays regarding healthy lifestyles for our families! I too am discovering organic foods, household products and personal care items and would love to learn more. Other topics to cover would be essential oils, a natural medicine cabinet, suggestions for clean/organic eating, natural remedies for common seasonal ailments, etc. I wish you well and am praying for you and know I consider you a friend in Christ!
    Fellow Homemaker, Wife and Mother

  2. I enjoyed this podcast…just like all the rest of them! I, too, think one podcast a day would be awesome! But, I definitely agree that is way too much for one/two people managing a home and children.
    I wanted to comment on the clean & natural living/eating podcast idea. I would enjoy a podcast like that! Currently, I am UTTERLY green at clean anything! LOL! So, starting off at the very beginning…ABC’s kind of gist would be cool. But, I understand that others may be farther along than myself; so, whatever you got to give will be just perfect. Maybe you could feature a book that gives the 101 of Clean Living/Eating on the first episode so, that us newbies can catch up with the rest of you all.
    Really appreciate that you and your husband take your time out to do this stuff for us! My personal story includes never being taught home management, cleaning, cooking…all of it! So, y’all are definitely helping me to better organize this stuff in my mind so I can do my life better. So, thanks & God Bless!

    • Awesome Crystal!! I definitely want to do a mix of content that’s more advanced and also appeals to beginners 🙂 That’s actually a great idea about doing a book first!

      I’m so glad 😀 Thanks for the encouragement!!

  3. I was very inspired by your podcast that I downloaded Evernote as soon as I got out of the car. I even started creating folders furing my staff meeting! I especially love the idea of putting medical records, weekly meals, and birthdays on there. I am a teacher and I am now using it for keeping track of professional development hours, field trips, and more I am sure! You rock! I look forward to these podcast every week!

  4. I loved this podcast!! I would definitely tune into a Thursday episode on clean eating/living! I’m a fairly new wife and am completely lost on where to even start with implementing things like that! Also, your book suggestion was AMAZING!!! I downloaded it and listened while at work. I am so thankful since honestly I had no idea how to study the Bible. I can’t wait to get started!! Please keep up the awesome work and thank you from a very grateful wife!!!

    • Thanks Rebecca! Oh good, I’m so glad!! It’s definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year!! It’s one of my go to resources to recommend now for Bible study. I’m glad it’s helping 🙂

  5. I think this might be my favorite podcast you’ve done so far! I have had an Evernote account for years and I go in phases where I create a lot of notes, but then I typically forget about them. I love all your suggestions for ways to use it. I agree with the others that a screenshot of your different notes would be super helpful. One area that stumps me when I’m trying to use it is whether I should have separate notebooks for different areas (i.e., one for recipes, one for master to-do lists, one for things for my son, etc.) or if I should just have one notebook with all my notes, with appropriate tags so I could pull up similar items. I would be interested to see how you have set yours up.

    Keep up the great work! I would definitely listen to a healthy living podcast if you created one. You are so encouraging and reading your blog and listening to your podcast has truly been a blessing to me.

    • Thanks for the feedback Megan!! I had fun recording this episode!

      I’m going to put together a video on my notebooks and how I organize them.

      For now, I use seperate notebooks for each thing. So I have a separate notebook for medical records, birthdays and anniversaries, recipes, weekly meetings, etc. This has worked really well so far! But I recently read a post from Michael Hyatt on how he uses one notebook with a ton of tags and it made a lot of sense! So one day I might have to update how I do it.

      Here’s the article I mentioned: http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-organize-evernote-for-maximum-efficiency.html

      • Thanks for sharing! I listened to the Michael Hyatt podcast you referenced, which is what made me think of the merits of tags vs. individual notebooks. I’m excited for the chance to sit down and flesh out how I can use this to really help myself get organized.

  6. I loved this podcast!! I am new to the podcast and have been listening to them on my drive to and from work…thank you for doing them!! I have a question about how you do the meal planning on evernote. I have always used a calendar that I can put on my fridge which I will still do since that makes it easy for me to just look and see what needs to come out of the freezer for the next meal but since there are not actual calendars on evernote how do you organize yours? I am kinda at a loss…I will try and play around with it and see if I come up with something that I like but just wanted to see an example if you don’t mind. Also anyone else that is using it this way I would love to see a screen shot if you don’t mind too 🙂

    • Hi Lisa,

      Yes, I really really really wish that Evernote would add a calendar feature!! Maybe one day 🙂 So when I do meal planning in it (which I don’t always), it’s not as nice for planning. I actually use Build a Menu now for *most* of my meal planning: http://www.buildamenu.com/share/4319

      But when I do it in Evernote, it’s just a list. So for example:

      Monday April 4th: Lasagna
      Tuesday April 5th: Leftover Lasagna
      Wednesday April 6th: Datenight
      Thursday April 7th: Burritos and beans
      Friday April 8th: tortilla soup and bread

      It’s just nice to have it in evernote because then I can access it on my phone or home computer. AND I will often include links right in the Evernote document to different recipes I’m using. So it makes it nice and easy to pull up the recipe if I’ve made the meal plan pretty far in advance! Hope that helps 🙂

  7. Google Drive! My husband and I both have Android phones and Google Drive & Docs are standard apps for our phones. I was already using Drive before this episode, but will apply your ideas from this episode to it now!!!

  8. I absolutely love the podcast but would really love to hear more in depth about all avenues of your healthy living, but in the context of making foods from scratch, etc. and not as much the chemicals/etc. aspect of it but food is an area that we ALL need to know more about what we’re consuming and just be able to learn about alternatives with easier access and instruction. I am a new wife and have never cooked before so learning how to provide healthy, tasty homemade meals for my husband and I (and Lord willing, our future kids!) is very important to me and I relate to you in that I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing like you said when you first got married and were 19!

  9. Hi Jami
    My wife Miriam subscribed to your podcast and we booth are doing the Christian Reading Challenge 2019.

    I today found this post and since I’m a huge fan of Evernote I was listening. I really enjoyed it even do I did not learn allot. But thank you for everyone who does not know Evernote.

    Since I found now several later posts about planners on your page I was wondering if and if then why you ditched Evernote as your home management planner.

    Thank you again and have a blessed weekend.