A home management binder is typically a 3 ring binder that stores information in it that you use to run your household (and what type of information is different for everybody). The first step to using a home management binder to help you stay organized is to create one, of course! I did create one a few years ago that I shared on the blog. The tutorial is here if you’d like to see it.
I really like organizing with binders and my home management binder stores everything I need for managing my home in one convenient place. I do have a separate budget binder , a price book/meal planning binder ( I may put this info back into my home management binder), and a binder for blogging.
You’ll be amazed at how much smoother things run when you actually sit down and gather all your information in one spot. It also makes it easier for other family members to know where important information is.
Here are some homemaking binder categories that you may want to use to help you stay on top of it all.
1. A Family Calendar
Once central place to have everyone’s schedule of events
3. Important Documents
You may want to keep copies of important family documents in your binder.
4. Menu Plans & Food Inventories
Your home management binder is a good place for your meal plans or at least a go to list of your family’s favorite meals. It’s also a good place to keep your food inventory lists. That makes it so easy to have everything you need for meal planning right in one place. Each week when you decide it’s time to meal plan, you just go to your home management binder.
5. Chore Lists for the kids
If you use the chore list system this is a good place to keep that. You can hand out new chore assignments every week or month. However you do it.
6. To Do/Cleaning Lists
Keep your household & spring cleaning lists here. This is a great way to track your own daily/weekly/monthly/seasonal chores.
7. Babysitter Information/Contact Information
One of the major reasons I love a family binder is because you can store important information such as babysitter and contact information. If you need a babysitter, then you know where to look. If the babysitter needs to contact you or other emergency phone numbers, then they know where to look.
8. Contact phone numbers/emergency numbers
This way if a family member needs to call the gas company or soccer coach or the neighbor they know exactly where to look.
9. Some miscellaneous things you might want to have easy access to such as:
a list of birthdays, list of home projects, bible study lessons, bill paying schedule, stain removal guide, info for the school book sale, lunch schedules, car maintenance schedule, list of gift ideas etc.
10. Not a category but you may want to have Lots of Extra Folders & Dividers
One thing to keep in mind is that you will always be adding ‘something’ to your family binder. I always keep extra folders & dividers at the end, so when I do need to add something to it, it’s not a big deal.
There are many free printable forms on Pinterest that you can use as well as ones on Etsy that you can buy to help you put together your binder. Remember to customize it to fit YOUR needs.
Keeping organized these days can be tough. I know that everything in my house isn’t perfect but a home management binder is the perfect way to stay organized.
You may also like to have a look at my other binders: