Getting your life organized is an important way to help you stay on track towards achieving your goals. And isn’t that what we are striving for? A great way to stay organized is with a home management binder.
If you’ve been wanting to get organized but don’t know where to start, read this post I wrote called Organize Your Life & Clear The Chaos. Or if you are looking for some different ideas to keep your life organized read my post on Organizing Ideas.
I must admit, this hasn’t been my most organized year. I’ve let things slip. And you know what that has brought me? A bunch of anxiety. Because when things are all jumbled up in my head and I don’t know what to expect I feel anxious. Do you know that feeling? If so then it’s time to get organized!
I have kept a home management binder for years and it has evolved over time depending on what I had going on. A home management binder is a great way to keep all of your important go-to information all in one place.
In your own home management binder, you can put whatever pertains to your own life and make it as detailed as you want. Some different ideas that you could include are:
- bank account information
- emergency contact information
- babysitter notes
- pet care / vet visits/ shot records
- monthly budget
- savings goals
- home improvement projects
- monthly bills paid
- kid’s school information
- favorite recipes
- meal planning
- grocery list
- to do list
- monthly calendars
- birthday lists
- cleaning schedule
- doctor’s information/insurance/prescriptions
- car maintenance
- home maintenance
So let’s get started. These are the things you will need to put together your own home management binder.
I found this binder at Wal-mart. It’s a 1.5 inch Mary Beth Pink Light Studio 3 ring binder. You can find all kinds of cute binders online. I also got these Avery 8 Tab Plastic Dividers. I thought they were cute and you can print the tabs out so they look neater than writing them out. But I realized neither of these had pockets. You’ll definitely want something with pockets, either your binder or some dividers come with pockets. So I will use some plastic sleeves like these that I have.
To set up my binder I started by filling out the tabs on the dividers. I followed the direction for printing on the divider tabs. This is how they turned out.
Next, you can download the free home management packet from our Resource Library. Get access here. I like to keep mine pretty basic and just keep things I need on a monthly basis. The home management printables in the Resource Library include a monthly bill pay calendar, bank account info, personal account info, favorite recipes, birthday list, and home improvement projects.
If you are looking for some different options or more detailed worksheets you can find home management binders on Etsy. There are lots to choose from with all kinds of different designs.
Now all that’s left is to put everything together in your binder. Fill out your worksheets or just write stuff out on a piece of notebook paper. You don’t have to get all fancy and print stuff out. The whole point of a home management binder is to stay organized and keep track of everything you need to keep your home and life in order.
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Putting It All Together
Getting organized doesn’t have to be difficult. Once a year evaluate what’s going on in your life and decide what you want to keep track of in your binder. Put together a new binder (or purge your old one). Then every month go through and be sure you are staying on top of what you need to. Are you paying bills on time? Are you planning out your monthly budget or weekly meals? Are you on track to hitting your savings goals?
Don’t just make yourself a pretty home management binder then leave it on the shelf. Use it! Keep track of all the things that you have set up in your binder and use it to help keep your life organized.