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Get Your Life Organized with a Home Management Binder!

-by TipsfromaMomof3

What is a Home Management Binder?

This was one of my most popular articles when I first started to blog that I wanted to share it again!

A Home-management binder is a standard 3 ring binder that is used as a One-stop resource for busy Moms (like me) or Families! It is stocked with calendars, schedules, To-do lists, planner forms, checklists, phone numbers, addresses, important info all in a convenient easy to access place! I have an online organizer (Cozi) but I also like having an actual planner! With having a Home management binder, I can grab it on a whim, even when my computer is not available. I also can add important school or church papers, schedules, and such just by using a 3 hole punch and adding the important info and I also like having a back-up! For instance-if my computer crashes, I’ll still have all my schedules, and calendar’s within hands reach, it really is the smart thing to do!

What you’ll need:

*A standard 3-ring binder. Any kind will work! The size of your binder will depend on how much info you want to keep in it!

*Divider tabs – These will come in handy so that you can quickly find what your looking for!

*Printables to help keep you organized! I will highlight all of my favorite links below!

How to make a Home Management Binder:

1. First you’ll need to decide which sections you want to include. You’ll want to personalize this to your needs! Some suggestions might include:

Planning Divider:
Calendars, To-do lists, and daily schedules.

Phone divider:
Important phone numbers, addresses, and important personal email address.

Family & School divider:
Medical records, church info, clothes size tracker, master occasion list for birthdays, anniversary’s & special occasions, gift idea lists, gift log or gift closet inventory, birthday party ideas & planners, lists of DVDs & movies to rent, list of books to read, library info, sewing & craft idea’s. You could also add school lunch menu’s, school info.

Home management divider:
Cleaning checklists & schedules, seasonal chore lists, children’s chore lists, home inventory, home decorating idea’s, car information-servicing & maintenance, yard sale checklists.

Menu planning divider:
Meal planning menu’s, track inventory in your pantry and freezer, you can also add grocery shopping lists, and price book info to help to save you more money at the grocery store!

Money and Finances section:
Budget, spending & shopping savings tracker (to keep track of how much money you are saving by using coupons-you’ll be more motivated to save more when you see the numbers on paper), credit card lists, and insurance info.

Health & Fitness section:
Personal information, medical information sheet for each member of your family, diet & fitness trackers, emergency directory, first aid kit checklists, prescription drug record, health insurance info, and pet health info.

Travel & Activities section:
Vacation & travel idea’s & planners, house sitter or babysitter info & checklists, church lists, and PTA lists.

I also have a section dedicated to web information that includes several important website address, log-ins & passwords.

I also have a BLOG section, where I include all of my blogging info & idea’s! This might come in handy if you have a blog.

*You might also want to add some blank lined pages, in case if you need to make any notes.

The main thing to remember is to personalize your binder to your needs! The idea’s above are just to give you an idea of what you could include!

2. Next, you’ll need to get your printer going! Here are some of my favorite printable sites to use, All of these sites have FREE printables, make sure to check them all out to find your favorites, before you start printing!

Tons of printables at Organized Home! Printable Calendar pages, Daily routines checklist, weekly chore checklists, seasonal chore checklist, Running to-do lists, first aid kit checklists, address list page, phone numbers list page, and a lot more Here too!

Executive Homemaker also has a very good selection of great printables Here!

Free printables: Freakin Never Ending To Do list, and Blog Topics to write about, and more printables Here!

Mom Advice: Free printable weekly planner, Price book, lunch box notes, Monthly budget sheet, Diaper bag checklists, and weekly menu planner Here!

*Simple Mom: Free printable daily docket, Master weekly checklists, Preschoolers chore chart, Printable Grocery lists, and more Here!

Other helpful resources to check out:
*Make a Household Notebook, Idea’s & Printables!

*Home Management Notebook’s Are a Great Idea!

3. After you print all the papers that you want, then you’ll just need to put your binder together & put it to use!

Happy Organizing!

Amazon Diaper Deal is Back – save 50% on Diapers!!!

Remember this awesome deal over the summer? Well, the November Parent’s Magazine {1 year = $4.69!} has another Amazon coupon code to save 20%! And this deal gets better when you join Amazon Mom {free}, and then select Subscribe and Save {which you can cancel anytime}, and save 50% off your diaper purchase!

Right now, you can score the super huge box of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers for only $20 + free shipping (normally $40). WOW!

On a side note, if you don’t have any desire to buy a Parent’s magazine subscription, then at least check out all the Best Deal Magazines $4.69 subscriptions!! What a hot offer!

Brita Slim Pitcher $.99 at the Commissary

It’s so nice to see these things go on sale, since normally they are $10+!  This week, the commissary has them priced at $5.99 {of course, ymmv}, and Deals4Real from WUC came across a great coupon match up!  Here’s how you can get yours for $.99:

Brita Slim Pitcher $5.99
Use the $5/1 manufacturer’s printable
or use the coupon from 10/13’s Farm Fresh ad {if you get this, not everyone does}
or use $4/1 SS 8/22
or use the $3/1 from a tearpad at the commissary
Final Price: $.99 – $2.99 {depending on your coupons and store}