Current email subscribers: Be sure to check your email because I sent out the link for the new 2015 Home Management Binder printables at 2:15 PM CT. These will only be available free through January 31, 2015, so be sure to download these right away if you want them!
Quite a few years ago, I began putting together a home management binder. It’s actually super simple compared to the more elaborate chore and life planners I’ve seen, but I thought I’d give you a quick tour. I also have some free home management binder printables for 2015 available for you through January 31, 2015! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out more.
Putting Together A Home Management Binder:
First, I found a pretty zippered binder that I love. If I have to look at it every single day, I want it to be somewhat cute! Right at the beginning of the binder is my mission statement–I want to live life with purpose and focus. It’s easy to get side-tracked, 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 the only one that is editable. You can add your family name and your own 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 used to have a blogging section, but I needed more room, so I put all my blogging stuff in a separate binder.
HOME Section of My Home Management Binder:
First, I’ve included a goal checklist. If you would like more information about setting goals, you can see my brainstorming questions and another printable goal form here. I hope to get mine added within the next few days!
The Goal Worksheet is updated for 2015!
I 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 pull hamburger out of the freezer the night before, etc.). Each day also includes a checklist. I *try* to check off when I finish cleaning the area for that day (bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living area, etc.), Bible study, exercise, vitamins, water, and load of laundry. It’s much easier to keep up with the laundry if I do a load every day (not that it always happen–but I’m trying)!!
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.
I’ve added a free daily calendar for those of you who would rather plan out your day in detail (instead of the week).
RECIPE Section of My Home Management Binder:
Use the recipe reference printable page to record some of your tried-and-true recipes. You can also look at this sheet when you’re having a tough time thinking of something to make. You may also want to use it for recipes you want to try.
I keep loose recipes I’ve torn from magazines stored in page protectors until I can try them to see if we want to add them to our repertoire.
This printable menu planning sheet was new in 2013, and I love it! It includes room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has a grocery shopping list on the side. I think it would look nice on the refrigerator, as well.
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 Red Plum insert from December 10, I’ll just pencil in RP 12/30. 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!
My menu planning procedure varies throughout the year, but I like keeping my menu plans from eMeals in the binder in case I want to use some of those recipes. I have page protectors storing each week’s meal plan.
KIDS Section of My Home Management Binder:
New in 2014, we added a printable form for babysitters. Simply fill it out and leave it with your babysitter to let them know special instructions for your child(ren).
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! If you want to see a quick tour of my binder from a few years ago, you can find a video on YouTube. I do need to update since I’ve changed a few things, but you get the general idea!
Due to popular demand, I am giving away my 2015 home management binder printables for FREE to email subscribers through January 31, 2015! To get them, just go here and pick a subscription option. You’ll want to check your spam if you aren’t seeing the subscription email. Be sure to confirm your subscription, and 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 $3.49. If you’d like to purchase a set, please just click on the button below! I am also kicking off a new eCourse entitled “Home Management…for the Rest of Us: Finding PEACE in the Chaos.” The printables are available as part of that, too. Find out more here.
27 Pages of Home Management Binder Printables for $3.49 or Get the Home Management Download + Access to My Upcoming Home Management…for the Rest of Us eCourse for $6.00 (Begins January 12, 2015)
Homemaking Binder Download Set
There are a total of 27 8.5″ x 11″ pages included in the download:
- Customizable Cover (Please note that this is the only customizable page available at this time)
- Important Dates
- Chore Chart Checklist
- Recipe References
- Menu Planner
- Idea Checklist
- Weekly Calendar (2 Versions)
- Daily Calendar
- Babysitter Form
- Goal Sheet
- Monthly Calendars for 2015
Happy Homemaking Binder Making!!
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Please note: These printables were created by Shelly Fraley at SolPhoto.co. 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!