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27Apr

How To Make A Home Management Binder Demystified

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Follow this step by step guide to learn how to create a home management binder – the smart girl’s solution to living a full life, keeping your home clean and making it look easy.  

Nothing brings me joy like sharing a creative strategy that will make big waves in your life – especially one that can get rid of your messy house. And eliminate a boatload of stress from your life. 

Let’s just say the crazier and messier your house and life is, the more reasons you have to make your binder now!

Creating a home management binder forces you to look at every area of your life and gives you the opportunity to organize your life in a way that finally gives you some control.

Being unorganized costs so much more of your time – and energy – than you realize.

Follow the quick tutorial below from our friends at OrganizedMom.net to get your home management binder setup.   You will see the benefits of using a home management binder almost immediately – guaranteed!

Why You Need A Home Management Binder  

From cleaning schedules to account passwords, a home management binder is like the command central of your life!   When you need to know something related to your family – from when it’s time to clean the baseboards to what bills are due this week – the answer should be in that binder.   If it’s not in the binder, it doesn’t exist lol.

Write down why you want a home management binder in the first place. What is driving you crazy about your life right now? What keeps happening over and over that you could stop simply by getting organized?

Everything You Need To Create A Home Management Binder

Creating a household binder is pretty simple. Ir’s either a physical three-ring binder or a digital equivalent that contains important documents and information about your family life.  

Before you get started, you’ll want to decide if you’re creating a physical binder or a digital version for your computer, tablet, or phone. Or some combination of the two.

I recommend a physical binder, at least at first. And that’s what we’ll focus on in this post. Maybe I am old fashioned but I like writing things down anyway.

With that being said, I use the Notes and Lists app on my iPhone to keep certain things like my running grocery lists.   I actually copy a lot from my binder into my phone – for example, I keep passwords in both places. Just remember, there is no wrong way to do it!  

Everything you’ll need to make a physical home management binder //

A large binder | You’ll be amazed at how quickly your household binder will fill up.

Page dividers

Sheet protectors OR hole punch | You’ll need to use one of these so that you can add paper to the binder.

Paper | I like to use 24pt. paper for my binder cover and sections.  The heaviness of the paper just makes it all feel so royal.   And of course regular paper for the rest.

Sticky notes

Sidenote:  My home management system is a physical binder and the notes app on my iPhone.  Important documents, passwords, cleaning checklists, and medical information are in my binder while my running grocery lists and meal prep ideas are on my phone.  

Click To Shop > The Clean Cure is my cleaning printable collection that you can use to quickly create cleaning schedules and daily routines that every busy mom needs in her home management binder!  Oh, and the collection is colorful and fresh – there’s nothing stale about it – so be sure to check it out today.  

Divide Your House Management Binder Into Sections

Every family’s household binder is going to look a little bit different. Just use the categories or sections below as a guide. As you start putting your binder together, you’ll think of more sections to add – it’s perfectly normal. Consider the binder like a pair of yoga pants – it should stretch and give room for things to change over time!

Calendars + Schedules

The section I turn to most in my household binder is calendars and schedules. You can include everything from monthly calendar pages to a daily to-do list in this section. And don’t hesitate to divide the section into smaller sections.

You may want a schedule section for each family member to note after school activities or work travel. Or separate sections for daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.

Experiment to find the set up that is most useful to you.

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Family Budget + Finances

Creating a family budget and keeping it in your household binder is a useful way to keep track of your household expenses. And if you’re currently trying to get out of debt, this section is even more important!

I also store bills in this section and make notes of when they are due and when payments have been sent.

If your binder is kept secure, consider making copies of your credit cards and storing them in the event one is ever stolen.

Address Book

If you find your phone contact list not as easy to use as your old paper address book, consider adding a section for friends and family contact information in your household binder.

You can make a sheet of emergency contacts. Another with names and phone numbers for babysitters, pet sitters, coaches, teachers, or anyone else you may want to keep a phone number or an address for.

Health + Medical Information

The health and medical section of your household binder can be for everything for immunization records to copies of your health insurance cards.

It’s also a good place to keep records if you have insurance appeals or other ongoing issues where the documentation adds up.

Cleaning Schedules + Checklists

Creating a daily cleaning routine and cleaning schedule is one of the smartest ways to keep your home clean and organized.  No matter how crazy your life is!  Daily cleaning, weekly, monthly, and even seasonal deep cleaning schedules (or checklists) should be included in your household management binder.   Wait, let me clarify – it’s actually a must-have!

If you’ve been struggling to keep your house clean, check out my cleaning printable collection called The Clean Cure today!  The cleaning printables you need to get on your way to a house that stays clean all the time are there – and more! 

Meal Planning + Grocery Lists

Meal planning is a great way to save time and money when it comes to grocery shopping and feeding your family.

Create a weekly meal plan for your family and plan your grocery list accordingly. Keeping these items together in your household binder will make them easier to coordinate.

Family Travel

A family travel section of your household binder is the perfect place to store confirmations for upcoming family trips. And to keep copies of packing lists, maps, and lists of favorite hotels. Anything that will make family travel more organized.

Utilities + Internet + Other Service Provider Contact Information

If every time you needed to contact a service provider from your internet provider to your garbage company, the phone number was conveniently located in your household binder imagine the time and frustration you would save.

Make sure to note your account number or any other reference number next to the provider information. No more searching for an old bill or searching the internet for phone numbers. All the information will be right at your fingertips.

Home + Auto Insurance

Your household binder is the perfect place to keep your home and auto insurance policies. Along with contact information for your insurer. And copies of any insurance cards. Yes everything is online, but there’s real wisdom in keeping things written down. What if someone else needs the information and you’re not available? Smart right?

Membership Information

If you belong to a church or a gym or a rowing club, or any other organization, this is a good place to keep contact information, reference numbers, dues information, copies of membership cards or any other miscellaneous information you may need as a member.

Update Your Household Binder Regularly

Once you’ve created your household binder, be sure to update it and let it evolve with your family’s changing needs. If the phone numbers, schedules, and budgets are all six months out of date or you never open your binder and actually use it then it won’t help you be more organized.

Summary

Juggling a family, house and career is a lot of work but with the right tools and strategies, you can handle everything on your plate like a piece of cake! This is a fail-proof tool that simply requires a little time up front to organize your world and have it run like a well-oiled machine.

And of course, if you found this content useful, I’d love it if you share this by pinning it on Pinterest or your favorite social media spot. It’s kind of like giving me a virtural high-five! You’re the best, XO — Victoria!

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My mission is to help you find & unleash your hidden cleaning superpowers so that you can stop wishing for a clean house & finally create one instead!  And yes, it can be done inspite of your wild family or busy schedule! 

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