Have you been using our free home management binder printables yet? I thought it would be good during this m challenge month of Loving Your Home to revisit the home binder that I lovingly call our family “Bible” for the way that it has become indispensable for keeping us organized (and me sane!). It’s hard to love where you’re at if nothing seems to be working right and I’ve found that keeping a list of to-dos (both what we have to do and wish to do) can help you feel like you’re moving in the right direction – creating a place that truly feels like ‘home’ for your family.
A well-designed binder helps you manage everything in your household in one place. After a number of years using a home management binder, here’s the way that I’ve found it works best:
How to Use a Home Management Binder
~ Keep the binder in a central location in your home where everyone can access it
~ Include your family calendar and keep it up-to-date
~ Add important contact information that you want to have at a moment’s notice (particularly for someone who might babysit)
~ Use it as a meal-planner with weekly meal plans, grocery lists and a price sheet, as well as a list of family favorites (when the family’s raving about the meal, easily jot it down in the binder and you’ll have your family’s favorite dishes at your fingertips to make future meal planning easier!)
~ Add sheets that you need to run your family’s finances smoothly, like budgeting and planning for large purchases.
~ Use it as a central To-Do list for your home, both routine maintenance and any plans for updates. I’ve loved being able to see how far we’ve come and all the improvements we’ve made to help make our house into a home we love!
How to Set Up a Home Management Binder
~ I recommend this binder, both for it’s size and the view pockets for the outside.
~ Then purchase a set of pocketed dividers where you can tuck important information that you might need to easily find. When school starts, in particular, you will find your mailbox filled with fliers for events, important forms that need to be filled out, appointment reminders, and invitations. Instead of piling them on a desk or tacking them on the fridge, use the pockets so you always know where to find these items when you need them.
~ Keep an extra pocket or two in the back for the randomness in life- consider it another junk drawer, if you will.
~ I have also found that a good spot in the home for daily reference is in your family’s command center.
~ Print out any header pages for sections on heavy-duty cardstock so that they can hold up to the abuse of being referenced daily.
Of course, you can use any printables you want, but we are pretty attached to ours! Our set of binder printables is free to all who subscribe to our weekly newsletter simply by entering your email below or in the sidebar. We will then send you the link to your packet as our thank you for being a subscriber (look for it in the final welcome email). The binder set includes the following pages:
- Family Budget Pages
- Grocery Price Sheet
- Grocery List Sheet
- Menu Planner Sheet
- Family Calendar
- To-Do List
- Contact Sheet
- Header Pages for Each Section
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