Last year, I finally got everything together and made a home management binder! I just recently purchased a pretty zippered binder that I love and transferred everything into it, and I wanted to give you a quick tour!
I also have the 8.5″ x 11″ printables available for download (if you are interested in that you can find out more at the bottom of the post).
Putting Together A Home Management Binder:
The very first page of the binder is my mission statement, because I want to live life with purpose and focus. It’s easy to get side-tracked in life, so I put it right at the front of the binder so I will see it every day and remember what I want to be about. This sheet is customizable, so you can add your name and mission statement.
To divide the sections of my homemaking binder, I purchased a package of Avery dividers that have pockets in them. I LOVE having the pockets for papers I need to fill-out, items I need to remember, schedules, bills, my checkbook, and more!
I included five sections in my binder:
I did have a blogging section, but I’ve since put all my blogging stuff in a separate binder.
HOME Section of My Home Management Binder:
First, I’ve included a goal checklist. I’ll get mine written up and added in just a few days! If you would like more information about setting goals, you can see my brainstorming questions and another printable goal form here.
I also have an important date list to add birthdays and anniversaries.
I’ve also included the Chore Chart checklist in the home section of the binder. One way to use it would be to fill out your monthly, quarterly, and annual chores. Slip the sheet into a page protector and mark the date you complete each chore with a dry erase marker!
CALENDER Section of My Homemaking Binder:
The printable weekly calendar is my favorite part of the binder…and where I usually have it turned to during the day. I record appointments, my to-do list, and any part of our menu plan that I need to prep for (if I need to set out frozen chicken the night before, etc.). Each day also includes a checklist. I mark off when I finish cleaning the area for that day (bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living areas, etc.), Bible study, exercise, vitamins, water, and load of laundry (I’m trying to keep a better handle on the laundry pile this year)!
I realize that not everyone wants the checklist at the bottom, so I’ve also included a weekly planner with a larger menu space and no checklist. Both the weekly calendar with the checklist and the weekly calendar without the checklist come in the download.
RECIPE Section of My Home Management Binder:
The recipe reference printable page is a great place to record some of your tried-and-true recipes. If you’re having a tough time thinking of something to make, just take a look at this sheet to get some idea. You can also use it for recipes you want to try.
I have a few loose recipes I’ve torn from magazines stored in page protectors.
This printable menu planning sheet is new for 2013, and I love it! It includes room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has a grocery shopping list on the side. This would look nice hanging up on your refrigerator, too.
The grocery list area includes a small box you can check if you have a coupon for that item. I personally write down where to find the coupon when I’m making my weekly menu plan. For instance, if a coupon I need is in the P&G insert from December 30, I’ll just pencil in PG 12/30. Then, I know where to look for it (I find the coupons I want by searching the coupon database)! You can always just put a checkmark in the box so you remember that you have a coupon for that item, too.
When it’s time to go shopping, just cut off the list and take it with you!
KIDS Section of My Home Management Binder:
The kids section includes a schedule. You can either use one sheet for everyone in the family and fill out a Monday-Friday schedule or fill out a daily schedule for each person in the family on one sheet. I did a basic schedule for all of us on one page.
The last part in my kids section is an idea list. This list could actually be used for anything: sewing projects, house projects, Pinterest projects, etc. I chose to go through our resources and make a list of activities the girls could do. I slipped it into a page protector, so I can cross off activities we complete with a dry-erase pen. Once the girls have done all of the activities, I can just clean of the page protector and start again!
The Bible section is the last part of my binder. Right now, it just contains lined notebook paper for taking notes and journaling!
So, that’s my simple home management binder. It’s nothing too fancy, but it’s working well for us!
Due to popular demand (and for my 2-year-blogging anniversary), I am giving away my 2013 home management binder printables for FREE to email subscribers through August 31, 2013! To get them, just go here and pick a subscription option. Be sure to confirm your subscription through the link they will send you. Then, shortly after you confirm, you should receive another email with the link to the download.
I realize that not everyone is interested in getting my daily email updates, so you can purchase the printable set of 8.5″ x 11″ pages for just $1.99. If you’d like to purchase a set, please just click on the button below!
27 Pages of Home Management Binder Printables for $2.99
Homemaking Binder Download Set
There are a total of 25 8.5″ x 11″ pages included in the download:
- Customizable Cover
- Important Dates
- Chore Chart Checklist
- Recipe References
- Menu Planner
- Idea Checklist
- Weekly Calendar (2 Versions)
- Goal Sheet
- Monthly Calendars for 2014
- Babysitter form
- Daily planner
Happy Homemaking Binder Making!!
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Please note: These printables were created by Shelly Fraley at InkMediaDesign.com. This set is copyright-protected. Please feel free to make copies for yourself but share this blog post with friends so they can get their own! Thanks so much!