Assembling a Home Management Binder

by Josée

I like writing lists and keeping records, but my notebooks, binders and papers are everywhere (read: disorganization). Disorganization is not my friend; it can put a serious damper on my day. So, I decided that it was time get organized and make a home management binder!

Making a Home Management Binder

Step 1: Grab a binder, something sturdy and well built. I got one that zips closed so that loose sheets don’t come flying out every time I pick it up. Decorate it if you want.

Step 2: Get some study dividers. I went with thick plastic dividers so that they’ll hold up against a lot of use.

Step 3: Brainstorm. Start thinking about what you want to put into the binder.

There a some great resources out there: check Control Journal for step by step starting up tips.

Also, get some Blogspirations:

Laura Williams’ Musings Home Management Binder
My Domestic Church Managing the Home…
Live Lovely Home Management Binder
The Lister Family My Home Management Binder
Pieces of Me My Home Management Binder
Feelin Feminine A chest of Hopes: Home-Management Binder

Step 4: Section off your binder with your dividers.

My binder has the following sections:
  • Rhythm [weekly, monthly and yearly, liturgical calendar]
  • Home [cleaning, checklists, to-do]
  • Finance [budget, savings, coupons, frugality]
  • Community [emergency, contacts, events]
  • Food Preservation [canning, freezing and dehydrating records]
  • Wine Making [records and outcomes]
  • Gardening [records, plans and ideas]
  • Abbot’s Rabbits [pedigree and breeding records]

Step 5: Gather forms, calendars, checklist, paper, notebooks or any other material to fill in each section. also has some useful printable checklists and calendars.
Print out a monthly expense sheet here or here.
Perhaps you need a simple wine making log or a rabbit pedigree print out? Or not.

Step 6: Use the binder. Fill in the sheets, check off the checklists… 
There’s a saying that goes ‘A done garden is a dead garden’. I think that a home management binder is like a garden in that sense. You’re never truly done your home management binder. It’s something that will continuously change and evolve as your family does.

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Jenn October 23, 2010 - 9:35 am

Wow Josee, you're so organized! I'm envious. I'm one of those people that gets a new diary every January with the intention to have everything written down so I'll never forget or be late. There's rarely an entry past February 🙂 Your management binder looks great 🙂

Taylor at Household Management 101 November 4, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Thanks for linking to my site. I am glad you found the printables and checklists helpful. You look like you've done a great job with your notebook, and I like the idea that it is never done. That is so true because your notebook will evolve as your life and family evolve and change too.

thefirstfouryears November 4, 2010 - 4:41 pm

You are officially my organization inspiration. Sigh… I long to be like that. Maybe one of these days?


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