With all my love for organizing with binders, it is hard to believe I never had a home management one. I always wanted a place to store the weekly, monthly and seasonal chores. However, it seemed so tedious to write it all down (let alone come up with them) and to be honest, I didn't know where to start! When I found some printable and thorough lists online, I was thrilled! I incorporated them into a simple system that may be a help to you as well. This is flexible so I encourage you to use it however it will work for your family. It is kind of like a "choose your own adventure" binder!
List of recommended supplies:
- three ring binder
- plastic sheet protectors (protect your pages from spills and stains, just wipe clean)
- adhesive divider tabs (you will need 6 at least)
- free printable (includes a cover insert page, spine insert page, six subject divider pages and back cover page insert)
Here is how I prepared our binder using printable pages from other sources. Most are from Martha Stewart unless stated differently (listed and linked below):
- daily planner (Courtesy of Artful Homemaking, includes meal planner, to do list, etc.)
- list of daily chores
- shopping lists
- monthly to-do lists
- monthly cleaning checklist
- monthly shopping lists
- monthly home maintenance checklist
"Household Cleaning Recipes" Section ~ (Not shown in photos)
- I have a lot of magazine articles related to seasonal cleaning and caring for items that I included here (such as the best way to clean appliances, how to repair household items, etc.).
When I printed out these cleaning lists, I knew I would not get them all done in the spring. I removed that burden right away! However, when I do accomplish something, I write the date next to it so that I know which items are long overdue for attention, etc. I will be happy to get them all done by the end of the year and then start anew the following one.
You will find the printable HERE (just "download" and print). If you are looking for other organizational binder systems, then you may also be interested in making an "Inspirational Recipe Book", "Good Steward" Record/Home Manual Binder, "Book of Household Wisdom" or a "Garden Journal Planner".
"Few things we can do in this world are so well worth doing as the making of a beautiful and happy home."
~ J.R. Miller, Excerpt from The Family
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