Recently, I’ve had several people ask me about my household binder and for help in getting a system in place that will help keep their homes clean and organized. Today and a week from today, I will be sharing my binder with you. You will get to see what it looks like, how I have it organized, and what I use to keep my home in order. Plus I will share with you where I purchased all my supplies and where I found some of the printables it contains. Grab a pen and a notepad, find a cozy spot, and read on… and in just a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to a more organized home!
The first thing you see when you look at my binder is an adorable cover, personalized with my monogram. I found this over at lee, me, and the girls. Does your binder have to be cute to be functional? Absolutely not, but it sure helps!
Open the cover, and you will find an assortment of labels, tabs, sticky notes, and a pouch… all from the Martha Stewart line at Staples. (I also bought my big Avery binder and sheet protectors there years and years ago when I first made my binder, and it still looks new!) I just went there to replenish supplies, and I thought maybe I was in Heaven. I love, love, love this line of products! The young man at the checkout figured that out fast. The first words out of his mouth were, “You must like Martha Stewart!” Why, yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I drove an hour one way just to get these items. No Staples near me. Booo! But I digress. Inside the pouch are my favorite Paper Mate Flair pens (another Staples find.) Colorful, and they don’t bleed through the paper! A set of twelve lets me color-code everything to my heart’s content!
Next, we come to the first section of my binder… “Family Planner.” It contains:
The next section is called “Keeping House.” In this section, you will find:
- the Homemaker’s Creed
- my daily routines
- detailed cleaning lists
- many, many, MANY reference sheets regarding cleaning
- a special section for my Shaklee product information
Then, I have a section titled, “Blog,” specifically for my personal blog. It includes planning sheets and more.
Next up is my “Ministry” section, with sub-sections for Girlfriends Coffee Hour and projects I work on throughout the year for various ministries (church, Operation Christmas Child, etc.)
Our family’s “Directory” is next. It includes:
- Our Family Contact List
- Our Friends Contact List
- Our Neighbors Contact List
- School Info
- Utilities & Services Contact List
- Medical & Health Insurance Contact List
- Insurance Policies Contact List
- my husband’s work contacts
- our church contact list
The very important “Finances” section is next. In this section, you will find:
- Checkbook Register
- cash envelope info
- My Monthly Bill Planner
- a pocket for unpaid bills
- a pocket for paid bills (that get filed after the checks clear)
- household budget
- bank info
Our “Family” section is next. It includes sub-sections for each family member with tabs for:
The family section also includes:
- a cemetery info tab so I can keep on top of my dad’s and grandparents’ graves (maintenance, flowers, etc.)
- online info tab
Last is my “Menu Planning” section, which has:
- weekly menu planner
- perforated task list sheets (Martha Stewart line again!) – I can plan my meals on these awesome sheets, and write the ingredients I need to buy at the store on the right side, which then tears off to take to the store!
- secure top sheet protectors (you guessed it… Martha!) – These are divided in half, so I get two “envelopes” per page, where I keep my coupons organized by category.
That’s it in a nutshell! Be sure to come back next week to learn about my cleaning routine, to find out what has been the single biggest help to me with cleaning, and to get another peek into my binder! In the meantime, you can start thinking about what you want to have in YOUR binder. Start brainstorming! Then have fun gathering or shopping for the materials you need to make one of your own. If you have any questions, just ask away in the comments below, or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love & Blessings,
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