Do you find yourself woo-ed by all the pretty home management notebook printables that make their way around blogs and the internet this time of year? I do. It's terrible. I start to think my life would be so much more organized and things would run more smoothly if I had a pretty binder. But then I remember that I don't like dealing with tons of paper and I try to run our home as paperless as possible. Oh, I don't like binders because I'm a lefty and those rings get in my way.
Enter Mystie Winckler with Paperless Home Organization to save the day! You might recognize Mystie's name because she also wrote Simplified Dinners and it's companion GF/DF edition. Mystie helped you with your pantry, now she wants to get your home management system organized and simplified.
A Review: Paperless Home Organization
In Paperless Home Organization, Mystie takes you step by step through setting up a digital home management system using Evernote, Google Calendar, and Remember the Milk. The great thing about these resources is that they are FREE and available across platforms – Mac, PC, iOS, Android, web, mobile web, etc.
The whole system is based on GTD principles – that stands for Getting Things Done. It comes from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. I've read it and it's a great book, by the way. You don't have to read David's book to make use of Mystie's system though. She explains the basic GTD concepts and terms in Paperless Home Organization.
Don't panic if this all seems foreign and overwhelming. Mystie does an amazing job of holding your hand and walking you through each step. She's even given great samples at the end of the book with recommendations on structure and categories you might want to use for your management system.
I'm a techie and I love simplifying things with technology. I love using my Mac and iOS devices. I love Google Calendar and I really love Evernote. (My whole life is in Evernote!) The greatest benefit of using a system like this in my opinion is having the information you need at your finger tips. Easy to search. Easy to share.
One downside of Paperless Home Organization, in my opinion, is the choice of Remember the Milk (RTM) for task management. I used RTM for several years, but I find it's mobile options less than appealing. I currently prefer to use Producteev. That said, the principles the Mystie shares for RTM can easily be adapted for your favorite task management application. In fact, all of the principes can be adapted for use with your favorite program or service. You don't necessarily have to use the exact tools that Mystie recommends to set up your system. The principles and tips still apply.
I'm excited to put some of the specific principles and tips into practice to make my Paperless Home Organization system more effective!
Ready to get your own copy? Paperless Home Organization is regularly priced at $7.99. Through January, you can get it for just $2.99!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of Paperless Home Organization in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.