Simple lists with Printable Checklist

Many Unclutterer readers have confessed in the past that they love making lists. I, too, enjoy a good list. They’re systematic. Predictable. Effective.

Last week I learned about Printable Checklist, a website that exists for the sole purpose of basic list making. There are very few bells, and even fewer whistles.

If you have a need to make a list, it will meet that need. Items for your children to remember to take to school, groceries for your spouse to pick up after work, routines for the baby sitter to follow — whatever list you need to make, Printable Checklist will make it.

Instead of printing it directly to paper, print it to PDF and save it on your hard drive for future or repeated use. Check out our directions for printing to PDF if you’ve never printed a file in this way.

Sure, there are other programs that do similar tasks. But, this one is easy. You can teach your young children how to use it in just a few seconds. You can teach yourself to use it without a tutor. And, it’s a lot cleaner than writing out a list by hand if someone else needs to read the information. Often, simple solutions are good solutions.

(via Lifehacker)

25 Comments for “Simple lists with Printable Checklist”

  1. posted by Laura on

    Another extremely simple list program which I have been enjoying for some time now is Ta-Da List ( One of many uncluttered products from 37signals. Check them out.

  2. posted by enjanerd on

    Isn’t this site kind of a unitasker? What benefits does this site offer over any text editor?

  3. posted by Kellye on

    Great site, very minimalist and non-distracting. It’s on my Favorites. 🙂

  4. posted by knitwych on

    Sorry, but I don’t see how this is any better than creating a list in Word or any other word processing program. Plus, printed lists can quickly become clutter. I use a 10-cent 8.5 x 11 spiral bound notebook (I always hit those back-to-school sales at Hell-Mart and load up on at least $2 worth of ’em) to contain ALL of my in-house notes, lists, etc. I used to be Queen of the Post-Its, with notes and lists bristling from every surface, and it was ridiculous – appearance-wise as well as organization-wise.

    My spiral notebooks are marked with the date range on the front (i.e. “Jan 1 2008 – June 1, 2008”) and, once they’re filled up, I file them away in chronological order. If I need to take a list with me, I’ll copy it onto the back of a used envelope, or sometimes into the faux Moleskine that lives in my purse. It only takes a few seconds. The notebooks contain *everything* I need noted – jotted down phone numbers, date items are mailed out, jotted down events and commitments (these are loaded into Outlook, and marked ‘Noted in O’ on the notebook page), notes from conversations (I’m a newspaper writer, and I get a lot of calls re: potential stories or questions about stories I’ve published), and even things I want to look up on the web when I have a spare moment. Older notebooks are glanced through just to make sure they don’t contain something I’ll need, and then shredded.

  5. posted by Lisa on

    What’s going on with the new highlighting in some posts? I like having something emphasized but the color is too pale…it keeps throwing me off.

    Maybe it’s my computer? Or my eyeballs?

  6. posted by maxie on

    Bah, computer clutter. I use Excel for recurring lists(and Lotus 123 before that–I’m old) and kids can learn enough to use it in just a few minutes, at least my kids did.

  7. posted by CAB on

    Well I don’t know about anybody else but I’d much rather save the 10-20 minutes it will take me to format a check list in excel. On top of that, if you have messy handwriting (like my sister does) it’s nice to have each task in clean legible text.

    But then again, I am a design geek so maybe I’m the only one who needs a clean neat to-do list. Messy lists drive me insane.

    Thanks for the link Erin! I’m using it already!

  8. posted by Filipa on

    I liked it, even though I know that if I printed one list made by this website out I would eventualy end adding new handwritten items.

  9. posted by Nacho on

    I use todoist. it’s a great todo tool and prints out beautiful lists.

  10. posted by Shandy on

    Hm, I have to agree that this seems like a meaningless distraction when you can just type one into a Word document and call it a day. The overcomplication of the idea of a simple list seems more like clutter than unclutter to me. Or is this for people easily distracted by the wonder of fonts?

  11. posted by Orlando on

    I use reQall and Things for my GTD needs and avoid paper clutter altogether, but I definitely see the attraction of this (and ta-da lists).

    I’m looking for a grocery list site that my non-iphone-having wife can use. Something like grocerywiz where you can save lists of common items but cleaner and searchable. Any suggestions?

  12. posted by Katie on

    For grocery lists – I highly recommend the menu planner on
    I don’t know anything about it’s mobile capabilities, but I love it’s ability to import recipes, plan your weekly meals, and create a shopping list.

  13. posted by Cynthia on

    I usually keep my lists on word documents. I have standard ones that I keep like packing for vacation. All the basic stuff is there and I update it when I see fit.

    Grocery lists are usually done spur of the moment so they are written on a piece of paper or I’ll input them in my phone as a tasks (avoids having to use paper).

    But I have to admit I am definitely a person who likes to makes lists. The one thing I see this as a benefit is that all your lists are accessible anywhere you have internet connection. I do a lot of my list building during my breaks at work and such, so they are usually kept on my work computer, this would come in handy because I could access it at home as well without having to email them to myself. Or I could just use Google Docs and store them there if I wanted to.

  14. posted by Grace on

    I like its simplicity… BUT it does not let me save it should I need to come back to it and add more to it. OR am I missing something?

  15. posted by PrairieGal on

    I make a lot of to-do list (to help unclutter my mind). I usually start them on scrap pieces of paper and so I often loose them and end up writing the same tasks on multiple lists. I also make a lot of honey-do lists (hubby loves them, haha).

    So this post got me thinking. Is there a tool where I can make an ongoing to-do list that I can share with hubby? We’ve already started using Google Calendar so we can share our busy schedules with each other whether we are both at work or at home. Google also has Google Docs. You upload a document that can be shared as either view only or view and edit. I started using it yesterday. It’s great. When an item is done, I just delete it from the list. When I think of something else, I add it. It’s all saved there in Google. (PS- Formatting is a snap in Word).

  16. posted by gypsy packer on

    Is this my solution to a renewable list with base prices which will fit Windows Mobile?

  17. posted by Heather on

    My grocery list is in Word. I printed out a bunch of them and post it on the refigerator and we check off items as we realize we need them.
    For other lists, I’ve been putting them in my Blackberry as a calendar item and just deleting each item as I do them.

  18. posted by G on

    I have a 3 page packing list I typed into Word. Whenever a trip is approaching I print it out. One page for my stuff, one for my daughter’s and one for “to do’s” to be done before the trip. I have used this dozens of times over the years and it is great, ad easy, and I can add and amend it as needed.

  19. posted by Jay on

    Excel is great for recurring lists. On my travel list, I have listed, one item per row, all items that I might possibly need to travel with. Prior to a trip, I “hide” the rows with items I do not need on that trip. In that way, I can see only the items that I need for that trip.

  20. posted by Orlando on

    I think I found the grocery list site I’ve been looking for.

    – searchable database of items
    – automatically sorts by department/section
    – easily adds items not in database
    – drag and drop reorganization
    – saves list history for future use and reference
    – customizable shortcuts (“oj” puts in Simply Orange Grove Made High Pulp, or “taco night” puts in your list of ingredients)
    – share lists with friends and family
    – access lists via mobile web
    – even email and text lists to yourself

    And as a bonus, it has a fairly minimalist look. Worth checking out.

  21. posted by Jennifer on

    I have never seen this site before. Thank you. I am more of a pen and paper type of listmaker. has over 350 printable lists and planning pages that can also be typed into. They are in pdf form so you can type, save, print, write, whatever you like best. Grocery lists, packing lists, blog planning pages, holiday/birthday lists, financial planning pages, you name it!


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  23. posted by nemo on

    I prefer pen and paper 🙂 and I don’t see the advantages with this site over just writing down your list in 30 seconds by hand

  24. posted by dorm list on

    I do my lists on note pads

  25. posted by Linda on

    I like the premade checklists at — I think they’re much easier for me.

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