Types of organizational lists to make life easier! Helpful FREE to-do lists printables to help you stay focused & stress less.
Are you a list maker?
I have been making lists for as long as I can remember.
Making lists help me stay organized and focused.
Honestly, it lets me dump all that info bouncing around in my head into one place.
How Do You Organize Your Life With A List?
Making household lists and life lists organize your life by keeping you on track!
When you make lists of things to be done, it helps to clear your mind.
Also, having an actual to-do list will hold you accountable for getting stuff done.
Making organizational lists will help you declutter, save money, time, and set goals!
Benefits Of Making Lists
So I know that making lists helps me stress less and stay more organized, but did you know there is actual research to prove that writing to-do lists actually help you be more conscientious and less of a procrastinator.
Decide what types of lists you need to make to stay organized.
Whether you are trying to set a goal, pay off debt, or get stuff done around the house then make a list.
I have a little list maker app called Cozi that I use for many of my organizational lists. It is a FREE app that helps me stay on track while on the go.
Also, my husband and oldest daughter use it to add stuff directly from their app to our shared grocery shopping list, which is a HUGE help!
Some household lists I write down, but having a little free list maker on the go is a true convenience.
Now let’s go over this list of lists to make to stay organized.
25 Types Of Lists To Make To Stay Organized
Brain Dump Lists
Have you heard of a brain dump?
It’s when you start pouring your thoughts on paper.
That’s right, get it all out.
Write out everything on your mind.
By decluttering your mind, you can organize your life.
List Of Passwords
With everything going digital, we have a lot of passwords to remember.
Letting your computer or phone save all of your passwords isn’t safe.
So you should make a list of all of your passwords and keep them in a safe place.
Another thing, if something happens to you, it would really help your loved ones to have access to your passwords.
I have a FREE printable password keeper in the “In Case Of Emergency/Death Planner” in the Resource Library for my email subscribers if you are interested.
We run a lot of errands. There always seems to be somewhere we need to stop or something to pick up.
Making a list of daily errands can keep your whole day organized.
Knowing where you must go will help you plan your stops to save time and not forget any errands.
Make A Grocery List
If nothing else, keep a grocery list, it is one of the most helpful household lists to have.
Trust me when I say that making a grocery list will keep you from overspending your grocery budget.
It will keep you from buying unnecessary items and keep you from making more trips to the grocery store for things you forgot to pick up.
Also, making a list before you go to the grocery store can make your grocery trip smoother because you know exactly what you are there to get – no more going up and down the aisles trying to come up with ideas of what to feed your family.
Keep Food Inventory Lists
Do you make food inventory lists?
Honestly, I just started doing this several years ago, which has helped me stay organized.
I keep food inventory lists of my pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.
Keeping a food inventory list keeps you from running out of staple ingredients.
Also, another great benefit of making a food inventory list is being able to keep track of the food we have.
Thus, helps you save money by not buying more of what you already have and by making sure your family eats it before it expires.
Check out my printable food inventory lists that keep my grocery budget organized.
Make A Meal Planning List
Making a meal plan list is important list to make.
I know it seems a little tedious, but once you get it down pat, you will save so much time and money!
Just knowing what is for dinner is a huge relief for me.
I no longer struggle with trying to figure out dinner every day. It is planned out, therefore, I know I have the ingredients.
It saves time by preventing all those last-minute trips to the grocery store.
Also, it keeps my grocery budget intact.
This is the meal planner I use to write out all my lists.
Recently, I joined a meal plan subscription for just $5/mo that gives me budget-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
All the recipes are planned out, letting me pick and choose what to make. Trust me when I say it has made life easier!
Make A Daily & Weekly Cleaning List
Since I started keeping a cleaning routine, my house and sanity have never been better!
Seriously, you must make a list of what to clean every day and what to clean weekly. It will save you so much time!
With 3 kids and a very busy schedule, I felt like I cleaned all the time even though my house never looked tidy.
Once I finally tackled the overwhelming clutter and made a daily cleaning routine it was a game-changer!
Kids Chore List
Making a list of chores for your kids teaches them responsibility.
All of my kids have daily chores.
Make a list of age-appropriate chores for your kids.
Believe it or not, kids like to help with household responsibilities.
Keep A Spring Cleaning List
Nothing feels better than starting spring with a clean and decluttered home.
Doing a thorough Spring cleaning really keeps your home in ship shape and it really lifts your “winter blue” mood.
Make a list of all things in your home that needs a good ol’ Spring cleaning.
If you feel overwhelmed on exactly what to clean, then use this list of Spring cleaning must-dos as a little cheat sheet.
Make A Fall Cleaning Checklist
Cleaning your home in the Fall is just as important, if not more important, than cleaning it in the Spring.
A fall cleaning prepares your home for the upcoming winter months.
Use this Fall cleaning list to know exactly how to do a thorough fall clean-up of your home before the cold sets in.
Make Decluttering Lists
If you have trouble keeping a clutter-free home, then making a decluttering list will help you tackle any decluttering project.
First, make a list of all the things to throw away.
When you throw away the easy stuff it starts a snowball effect of keeping a decluttering mindset.
If you really want to get serious about decluttering your entire home then use the Ultimate Decluttering Handbook.
It is full of all the decluttering pro tips, checklists, cheat sheets, and more to tackle clutter once and for all!
Make A Bill List Tracker
Keeping track of all your bills is a no-brainer.
It lets you keep your finances in order.
Having your bills organized will help you organize your life.
With a bill tracker, you can avoid late payments and it will help guide your budget.
You will stay on top of what bills are due and what bills have already been paid.
Make A Budget
Writing a budget is a very important household list to have.
My mom taught me to make a budget years ago.
Thankfully, that has always kept me one step ahead on my finances, even when I was in my 20s.
When you budget your spending, you are able to save money and cut unnecessary expenses out.
Print off a FREE budget planner to get started!
Make A List Of Habits
Have you ever heard of a habit tracker?
They have become very popular in the past couple of years.
They are awesome to help you make or break a habit.
We all need to start doing more healthy habits.
By making a list of habits you want to start and bad habits you want to break, you can achieve your goal.
Also, it is a good idea to keep track of your moods.
My teenager uses her mood tracker every day and it has helped her to manage teenage mood swings and practice more positivity.
Another smart idea is to keep a list of your spending habits, or even to try out a no spend month to see how much money you can save.
Write A List of Gift Ideas
I keep a list of gift ideas hidden in my home office.
I pull out my list before every holiday and birthday to be reminded of some great gift ideas for family & friends.
By writing down useful things that I know people need, I have been able to get gifts for my loved ones that were really appreciated.
Making a list of gift ideas will help you not buy last-minute junk gifts.
Always make a shopping list before you head out to any store.
I think we all know a trip to your local Target can lead to a lot of unnecessary spending – I know from experience.
Make A To-Do List
So the most helpful organizational list is the “to-do” list.
When you make a to-do list you prioritize daily tasks.
Writing down your daily tasks and checking them off will make you feel accomplished and less scattered.
It is the best way to organize your life!
You are reducing daily stress every time you cross out or check off tasks on your to-do list.
There is a cute printable to-do list pdf in the Resource Library that is free to my email subscribers!
If you don’t know what a honey-do list is, it is a list of projects for your significant other.
I have no shame in having a honey-do list.
There are some things around the house that I know I will need my husband’s help with.
Also, my husband loves to do wood projects, so if I think of little things he would like to make, I write them down.
Future Projects Lists
Making a list of future projects can help you plan better for those projects and save money in the long run.
Also, it keeps you from starting too many unfinished projects at once.
We have a huge list of home-improvement projects. There are always plenty of things to be done.
By making a list of these projects, I know they will get done eventually and it helps us stay focused on the current project at hand.
Lists of Things Needed To Buy
Making a list of things needed to buy can help you watch when items go on sale.
If there is something expensive that I really want, then I write it on my “watch” list.
This is such a helpful list to save money!
Remember that most stores have holiday sales, so if you want to buy something expensive wait until the next holiday and it will probably be at least 10% cheaper.
Lists of Special Dates To Remember
Every January, when my grandmother put up a new calendar, she took the time to list everyone’s birthday and anniversary.
Now know I come from a really big family, so writing this list took some time.
It was important to her to remember these special dates.
Flash forward 30 years, and everything has become digital, and not many people use wall calendars anymore.
Also, you can’t depend on the social media birthday reminders if you are like me and take long breaks from social media.
So take the time to write down special dates you definitely don’t want to forget.
Make A List of Gratitude & Positive Affirmations
Do you keep a gratitude journal?
I started a couple of years ago, and it is been a life changer.
It keeps my mind positive and optimistic.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is so easy to slip into a lower place, but writing daily gratitude prompts and lists of positive affirmations will really make a positive impact on your life.
Make A List Of Goals
What are your goals?
It doesn’t matter if you have life goals, home goals, weight-loss goals, or even financial goals, make a list of your goals!
Just writing them down will help you reach them sooner.
Keep the list somewhere you will see it.
Maybe on your refrigerator or in your planner.
Just seeing your list of goals will keep you focused on making them happen!
List To Make For Emergencies
One very important list to make is an emergency contact list.
Everyone should also make a list of possible emergencies that could affect your family depending on where you live and any health problems you may have.
Then you can prepare for them.
After losing some loved ones unexpectantly, I made some printables to be organized in case something bad would happen to me.
Knowing that all my info is organized in one place for my loved ones gives me peace of mind.
Check out the Family Emergency Binder from our shop. It has everything you need in case of an emergency.
Make A Bucket List
Have some fun by making a bucket list!
I loved writing my bucket list, and I am proud that I have crossed over half of it.
When you make a bucket list, you let yourself dream a little and make future goals.
It helps you decide what future goals are very important for you in this life.
Having a bucket list will inspire you to make your dreams come true!
Now you know 25 Organizational Lists To Make Life Easier!
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Sunday 19th of September 2021
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