You’ve probably heard about home management binders. Perhaps you’ve thought one wasn’t for you. But I personally think a home management binder can potentially help anyone–and I think they can be incredibly helpful if the person who manages the home becomes incapacitated or unexpectedly passes away.
For many, a home management binder seems like one more piece of clutter, one more thing to keep up with. But handled appropriately, a home management binder can be very helpful in keeping you up to date on weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks that must be completed; keeping you focused with your home projects; limiting your grocery shopping trip to just one time per week; and maintaining enough food in your cabinets. So if you are one of those skeptics, I suggest you assemble a binder and try using it for a few months before brushing off the idea.
You should create a binder that includes, at minimum, a calendar of important dates and appointments, a master to do list of tasks that need to be handled around your home, a menu plan, a shopping list, and a password log.
- A three-ring binder, at least one inch thick
- Copy paper or cardstock for your binder’s cover
- Cardstock for your binder’s spine label and for dividers if you intend to make those yourself
- Index dividers if you don’t intend to make dividers yourself
- Labels (I suggest Avery 5160 or similar generic labels.)
- Printer and printer ink or toner cartridges, depending on your printer, or other art supplies such as pens, markers, etc. if you intend to design your own cover, labels, and dividers
How to Assemble a Home Management Binder
- Obtain a three-ring binder. I use a one-inch binder and have never needed a larger one. Because I have multiple binders in my home, I do use a clear view binder so that I can put visible covers on it. I would suggest that you do the same, especially if you have students who have similar binders in your home. You can use a binder you might have lying around your house, such as one your child used last school year or you received at a continuing education class. You can also buy one. I recently saw them on sale at Dollar Tree.
- Create a cover for your binder. You want your home management binder to be noticeable and easily located, and a cover helps. You can create your own binder cover with just a pen–or let your kids design one. I have also included a free printable home management binder cover on my site. It is available exclusively to my newsletter subscribers. Click here to subscribe and receive access to it. If you do not have a clear view binder, you can skip this step or, better, simply slap an adhesive label on the front of your binder.
- Create a spine label for your clear view binder. A spine label makes your binder easier to locate on a bookshelf. I have a free printable one-inch binder spine for home management binders available on my site. Again, it is available exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Click here to subscribe and receive access to it. I suggest that you print your spine label on cardstock rather than on copy paper to make inserting it into a clear view binder significantly easier. If you do not have a clear view binder, you can skip this step or, better, place an adhesive label on the spine of your binder.
- Buy or create at least four dividers for your binder. You can purchase index dividers if you have none. If you have a Silhouette Cameo and some 12×12 cardstock, I have a free Silhouette Studio index divider cut file available on my site to enable you to create your own dividers at home. The Silhouette Studio file is available exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Click here to subscribe and receive access to the file.
- Label your dividers. For simplicity’s sake, I suggest printing simple words on Avery 5160 labels if you have them. If you do have Avery 5160 labels, you can download a file on my site to make those labels in a hurry. But you have to be a newsletter subscriber to gain access to that file. So click here to subscribe and receive access to the file. If you’re going to make your own labels, print or write labels for the following titles:
- Calendar / planner
- To do list
- Menu plan / shopping list
- Take-out menus (optional)
- Password log
- Address labels (optional)
Your next step will be to print and complete a calendar/planner, a menu plan and shopping list, a password log, and a to do list to insert inside your home management binder. I have files for all of these available as free resources on my blog. Click here to subscribe and receive access to the file. I’ll discuss these in detail on the blog in the coming week.
How Did You Do?
Did you assemble a home management binder, or did you already have one? How long did this task take you to complete? Let me hear from you in the comments below!
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