Do you need a better way to organize and keep track of all the information required to manage your home? A home management binder, sometimes called a family binder, could be exactly what you need. We all want to have an organized household that runs smoothly. But how many of us actually do? It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by everything there is to keep track of family life. But a household binder can help you keep it all straight. Check out these tips for how to create a household binder and get your family life organized today!
Creating a Household Binder that Works
What is a Household Binder?
For anyone not familiar with the concept of a household binder, here is a quick explanation. A household binder is either a physical three-ring binder or a digital equivalent that contains important documents and information about your family life.
The purpose of the binder is to help you organize your home life and keep everything from schedules to cleaning, to meal planning running smoothly. Isn’t that something we could all use help with?
Supplies to Create a Household Binder
Before you get started on your household binder, you’ll want to decide if you’re creating a physical binder or a digital version for your computer, tablet, or phone.
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 find it easier to flip through a binder than to scroll through computer screens when I need to find important information.
Next, you’ll need to gather supplies. For a physical binder, you’ll need a binder, obviously. I recommend getting a large binder. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your household binder will fill up. And you’ll also need dividers, tabs, and sheet protectors.
What Sections Will Your Household Binder Need?
Every family’s household binder is going to look a little bit different. You’ll want to take all of the information and customize it to fit your family’s needs. But many of the basic categories will be the same.
Calendars and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Creating a cleaning schedule is one of the best ways to keep your home clean and organized. And your household binder is the perfect place to keep your schedule and stay on top of it.
I suggest separate pages for daily cleaning, weekly, monthly, and even seasonal deep cleaning and maintenance.
Meal Planning & Grocery List
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.
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, and 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.
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.
Household Binder Maintenance
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.
This is a tool that can really help you run a more organized home. Take advantage of it!