Anyone who wants a central place for family and/or home information. What Information Should Be Kept In a Homekeeping Binder? Any information that would normally be floating around on counters, drawers, or in your brain.
Where Should I Start? Start by making a quick list of areas/categories that could use organizing in your home – if you have more than two or three, a binder is a great place to contain your information.
Not Sure of Categories? Here Are a Few: meal planning cleaning in case of emergency while we’re away home maintenance calendars school information budget + bill paying blogging gift giving holidays shopping contacts – family, friends, service companies. The Categories In My Homekeeping Binder? calendars, cleaning, meal planning, budgeting, listmaking, and blogging.
What Kind of Binder is Best? Any 3-ring binder will work – if it’s cute, I’ll be more apt to use it. If you’re like me, pick out something cute. My binder is from Target and coordinates in my kitchen. You could also come up with a plan, have the pages printed out at a copy shop and have it bound into a book.
What Else Makes a Binder More Functional? Post-It notes pens, pencils, highlighters, dividers, pockets, three-hole punch, plastic sleeves and laminated pages. All pages do not have to be in a protective sleeve, but using a three hole punch can be an effective way to punch a stack of papers in a neat and quick fashion.
A simple tool pouch (found in the school/office supply section) keeps tools handy so you aren’t searching for the supplies you need. Home maintenance and cleaning checklists? The perfect place to keep them is in a homekeeping binder – easy access and not on a counter or table.
What Else? You have to USE your binder and it has to be designed to work for you or else it’ll be time and money poorly spent. Think through your categories and what will work in your home. Tweak your categories and printables as you go until you get a system that you love. I’ve been using a Homekeeping Binder for at least three years and it has morphed and changed with our lives, but the time that I have taken to organize it has been so worth it in time saved hunting for information.