Last year I stumbled upon a few blogs that discuss home management binders AKA homemaking binders. I was a little skeptical at first and laughed a little bit about it because I didn’t think it would help me. Boy was I wrong. In the age of electronics, I find that I am more disorganized. I’ve gone the paperless route for most bills. I bookmark and blog about recipes. Everything is stored on my laptop. Because everything is stored electronically, I have become sloppy at electronic organization if you will.
The home management binder is the hard copy that helps me stay organized with my bills and meal planning. I am the type of person that likes to write things down on paper. Many people use the homemaking binder as a way to keep a to do list for the day. If someone were to take over your household for one week, the content inside the home management binder should be a resource to help that person run your home smoothly. However, a homemaking notebook can be done any way you want it. There is no right or wrong way. Generally the notebook will have several dividers organizing the binder into different categories. Many of the common categories are:
- Calendar/To Do List
- Meal Planning/Groceries
- Important Phone Numbers
I have not seen another blog that shows a finance category in the home management binder. However, it works great for me. I created a printable monthly budget worksheet that helps me stay on top of what bills I have paid and which bills are due. I do not put account statements inside binder; however, I might put irregular bills I need to pay inside the binder. For example, our homeowners association bill that is due once a year might be filed in my homemaking binder.
That is pretty much it. It’s simple and it helps me stay on top of things. Below are a list of items that I purchased to put inside my home management binder:
I use these to protect my recipes.