I recently completed my Home Management Binder. I’ve been working on it for a while and finally got it completed. It has been so great having all of our important information, meal plans, cleaning schedule, etc. in one spot.
I started with a 2″ 3-ring binder. I decorated it with some of the girls artwork.
Then I used tabbed sheet protectors to divide it up into the following categories:
Planning (Calendars, master occasions list and to-do lists)
Meals (Menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, price book for groceries, etc.)
Home Management (Cleaning schedule, homemade cleaner recipes, stain removal guide)
Finances (Budget, bills, etc.)
Contacts (Address lists & phone numbers including #’s to our favorite take out restaurants and a family yellow pages section)
Activities (schedule for our local foundation for youth, campground information, play dough recipe, etc…)
School (school schedules, PTA announcements, lunch menu)
Seasonal (different seasonal recipes & projects or activities)
Projects (this is reserved for different crafts, sewing/crochet projects or any other thing I want to try)
In the very front I have an emergency information page with emergency phone numbers and other information.
I also have a zippered pouch for pen, pencil, highlighter, calculator & scissors.
I love this thing. I take it with me everywhere. I keep my coupons and a notepad in here too. And it is so nice because now my desk is neat and organized as opposed to wrecked and messy as it constantly was before. Everything I need is in one place instead of scattered in various places.
If you don’t have one, I encourage you ( if you are a geek like me) to get one. You can go to Organized Home and print out all kinds of free documents. Almost all of mine came from that site. You can tailor it to fit your family’s needs. They also have some binder tours of other people’s binders that are really great too.