Home management binders are a great way to stay organized and prepared! Learn how to set up one that will work for you.
I’ve been using a home management binder for years. For a long time it was also my planner. Now I’m using a Happy Planner for a lot of things but I still have a home management binder as well.
There are so many amazing free printables out there for home management binders. It can be easy to want to print them all. The problem with this is your home management binder can become overwhelming. If it’s overwhelming you won’t use it.
I have run into this problem from time to time. I will get overly excited over all the pretty printables and start printing them all. Soon my binder is full and I end up using less than half of them. Over the years I’ve been simplifying mine to the things I will really use.
You will likely need to play around with your home management binder to find what works for you. If it’s not working for you change it up. I had to do this many times before finding a system that works.
Creating a Home Management Binder
There are a few sections you may want to keep in your binder. Dividing your binder up will make it a lot easier to find what you need quickly. I make section dividers using a plastic sheet protecter with a piece of scrapbook paper inside and a Post-it tab on the side. There are several categories you may want to include, here are some you want to consider.
This section is very important if you don’t use a planner. It was my most used section before I switched to my Happy Planner. It will contain the things that help keep you on track daily. Things to include:
- Goal Setting
- Daily To-Do Lists
- Monthly Calendars
- Week-at-a-glance planners
- Stop Doing List
Cleaning & Organizing
This section was the main reason I started a home management binder. I wanted to keep track of the cleaning chores I needed to get done around the house. It’s easy to let things slip, especially seasonal cleaning tasks. Things to include:
- Daily Cleaning Routine
- Weekly Cleaning Schedule
- Monthly Cleaning Schedule
- Seasonal Cleaning Schedule
- Home Improvement Project List
- DIY Cleaner Recipes
- Vehicle Maintenance Log
This is a great place to keep emergency information for your family. You want to make sure members of your family know where this is in case they need to reference it. Things to include:
- Medical Information
- School Information
- Vet Records
- Babysitter Information
- Pet Sitter Information
- Important Contacts
Food & Meal Planning
Meal planning is a great way to save money so this section is a must if you are trying to be more frugal. It also helps if you are trying to eat healthier. Things to include:
- Weekly Meal Plans
- Monthly Meal Plans
- Grocery Lists
- Food Inventory
- Recipes You Want to Try
Health & Fitness
There are some really great printables out there to help you improve and track your health. This is a great place to keep all of those things. Things to include:
- Vaccination Records
- Health & Fitness Trackers
- Daily Food Log
- Fitness Challenge Printables
Budget & Finances
A lot of people like to use computer programs to track their finances. I tend to do better with a mix of digital and paper. Even if you use a lot of digital budgeting you may want to have some things in this section. Things to include:
- Monthly Budget
- Emergency Fund Tracker
- Account Information
- Bill Tracker
My Home Management Binder
Since I use my planner for the daily things I don’t have all of the things that I talked about in my home management binder, some things are in my planner instead. Here is what is in my binder, this system may work well for you if you are a planner user.Goals– This is where I keep my goals for this year. I also keep them in my planner but this where I do my more detailed goal setting.
- Date Night Ideas- It’s easy to slip into just doing the same old things with your spouse. I like to keep a running list of date night ideas so we always have ideas of fun things to do.
- Freezer Cooking Day Planner– This sheet helps you plan a day of freezer meal cooking.
- Food Inventory-This is a great tool to help you reduce food waste and save money. I like to reference this when meal planning and writing grocery lists.
- Cleaner Recipes- I keep all of my recipes for my DIY cleaners here. It’s great for referencing when I need to make more cleaners.
- Project To-Do List– This is where I keep a running list of all the bigger projects I want to get done around the house. It also has a place for notes and contacts for the projects.
- Passwords– I don’t keep my personal passwords here as I know those but if I’m working on a project for someone else I’ll keep my passwords on this sheet.
- Pet Sitter Information Sheets– It’s always good to have a few of these filled out in case of an emergency.
- Holiday Planner– An organized holiday season is what keeps me sane and able to enjoy the season. I like to keep this in my binder so I can look at it throughout the year and be planning ahead.
- Blog Planner– I also keep my blog planner in here. My daily tasks and brainstorming tends to be in my Happy Planner but any additional things I need to track says in my binder.
Now that you have some ideas where to start and know what I use you can get started making your own. Decide what you want to include in your home management binder, gather your supplies and get printing. Be sure to pay attention to what you use over the next couple of months and remove and add things to make it work well for you.
One of my favorite sites for free home management printables is Scattered Squirrel, she has beautiful printables. You can also find some great free printables on my Pinterest board Planners and Home Management Binders. I also really like Young Wife’s Guide’s home management binder, if you want something that’s ready to go.
If you use a home management binder, what do you keep in yours?