Need a way to manage just about everything in your home? Is your head full of to-do lists that never seems to get done until the very last minute? Then what you need is a home management binder. It’s a great way to remind you of the things that need to get done and it can also relieve you of your duty as the “go-to person” in your home.
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For the past 15 years, I have used a home management binder. I started my binder because I just couldn’t manage the numerous lists I had in my head on a daily basis. Now, don’t confuse this with a family command center. While they are also great for helping to manage your family’s time, your binder will contain information that covers a longer length of time.
So, with that, let’s create a system especially for you and your family. I’ve also provided free printables to help you get started. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and fill out the form provided.
Quick Links to Info Below
- 1 Creating Your Home Management Binder
- 2 Putting Your Binder Together
- 3 Free Printables
- 4 Free Home Management Binder Printables
Creating Your Home Management Binder
Brain Dump Your Mental Lists
The first thing you will want to do is to make a list of all the lists that are probably running around in your head currently. As I write this, the holidays are approaching and so greeting cards and holiday meal planning are swirling around my head. So whatever is on your mind right now as far as things to do, get them on paper.
Below are some examples of what you may include on this list:
- appliance checks (repairs, filter replacement, cleaning)
- upcoming celebrations: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries
- upcoming bills
- shopping errands: groceries, clothing, home
- projects to complete: school, home renovations
- calls to make/emails to send
If you do have a command center, you may not need to add some of these to your home management binder. Just mark the ones you feel are better suited in a binder.
Good to Have Around Items
Next, you will want to make a list of items that could be better served if they are centralized in one location. Some of these include:
- insurance policies
- addresses and emails
- monthly budget
- credit card information
- medical histories
- emergency contacts
- business cards
- pet information
- inventory lists
- holiday planner
- travel planner
- clothing size tracker
- directions on how to do something like the laundry
- debt tracker
- greeting card trackers
Putting Your Binder Together
Naturally, you will need a binder of some sort. But there are other supplies to help keep everything organized. The list below contains items you will need, items that may make organizing much easier, and items that are considered, well, extras, but not necessary.
If possible, try to find a calendar that will fit nicely into your binder. You can hole punch it so that it doesn’t fall out. Reinforcement labels will help keep your inserts from tearing after much use.
Make It Easier:
- laminator/thermal sheets
- dry erase markers (ultra fine tips)
- tracking sheets/templates–click here or fill out the form at the bottom of the post for free printables to help you with this
- page protectors
- sticky notes
If possible, laminate those sheets that you will use most often such as a weekly menu planner or chore schedule. This will save you ink and paper. If you don’t have a laminator, take your printables to an office supplies store where they can do this for you or insert them into a page protector.
Page protectors are also useful for keeping manuals and insurance policies. Use post-its to note anything that needs attention and stick them onto a daily to-do list or on the item needing service.
- desktop hole puncher
- double zipper binder (if privacy is a concern)/small lock
- weekly/daily calendar
- baseball card binder sleeves
If you are concerned about privacy and the personal information you are keeping in your binder, I get it. Opt for a double zipper binder and use a small lock to keep prying eyes out. Use baseball card sleeves to hold appointment or business cards. If you don’t have many business cards, just hole punch the business card and slip it over a binder ring (preferably in the back of your binder where they won’t get in the way).
Now, with all your supplies and lists, create categories that hold more than just one item. For example, you can create a ‘meal planning’ category that can house your weekly menu, food inventory list, grocery shopping list, favorite recipes, coupons, etc.
Next, put your categories into your binder in the order that will best serve you. For example, you can keep less used items like manuals in the back and passwords towards the front. And that’s it. As you get used to using this binder, it will evolve. Make necessary changes over time that will make its use easier.
Don’t forget to get your free starter printables at the end of this post. The pages you will receive with the free version are:
- cover page
- table of contents
- important dates – 2 pages
- family goals
- monthly budget
- chore schedule
- menu planner
Below are pics I have provided with how best to use them. Note: The HomeMadeOurWay logo will not show up on your pages. Also, the pics below show only partial pages.
If you would like the premium version, click here to check out my shop. The premium version comes with:
- family medical history sheet
- home maintenance sheet
- vehicle maintenance sheet
- pet care sheet
- in case of an emergency sheet
Here are some pics of these pages.
I avoided any dated pages like a calendar so that you can use these over the years. Just print the ones you need and make copies when needed like chore schedules for kids.
These printables were fun to make and I’m thinking about adding more in the future. So stay tuned for any updates. I will email you the link when that happens.
Tips for Using Your Home Management Binder
If you plan to centralize most of your home and family needs, it is best to go over it with the entire family. Show them how to use it and explain each category. If anything, it will keep them from bothering you all the time for things like passwords. Get them used to you saying, “it’s in the binder”.
Also, keep the binder in the same location. You don’t want to frantically search for it if an emergency occurs.
If you want to leave your babysitter with emergency contact information and instructions, simply pull these sheets out of your binder and put them where they will be able to easily get to them. This way they don’t have too much access to your personal information. Also, don’t forget to go over these sheets with the babysitter.
Free Home Management Binder Printables
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If you are ready, let’s get started on creating your home management binder to help eliminate all those mental lists. To get the password to our resource library just fill out the form below:
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