Organizing the Household Management Binder

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My binder is still a work in progress. It changes depending upon the needs of my family.  I have a large binder I purchased from Walmart, along with the tab dividers from Avery.  I typed the labels online at  I then put the dividers into a clear page protector – slice a hole large enough for the label tab to fit through – this allows you to use page protectors and still be able to see the divider tabs because they extend outward from the page protectors rather than hidden if used the normal way. My management binder consists of 16 sections that fits my family’s needs.  Here are my categories to give you an idea, remember customize your binder to fit your needs. I will offer free binder printables when I figure out how to download my pdf files to this blog - I've been running into so glitches.  

1. Time Management – Calendar’s, schedules, upcoming birthdays & anniversaries, and a pocket folder for greeting cards.

2. To-do – a copy of my to-do list. 

3. Menu Planning – weekly menu planning sheet, shopping lists, restaurant menus for take-out.

4.  Cleaning – cleaning checklist and cleaning schedules, my monthly cleaning zones, fall & spring-cleaning checklists.

5, 6, & 7 – Personalized – an individual section for my family.  Keep important copies of birth certificates, social security numbers, etc. 

8.  Pets – pet records, copies of dog license, vet paperwork, pet-sitting instructions.

9.  Projects – project ideas, paint swatches, to-do list of projects I would like to accomplish, etc. 

10.  Contact List – Family list, Friend list, Business List – phone numbers and addresses all in a handy section.

11.  Household – household inventory sheet for insurance purposes, take photos and house them here, town pick up information and phone numbers, anything related to the house (i.e. snow removal contract, etc)

12.  Medical Information – prescriptions, Doctors, allergies, etc.  Vital information in case of emergency. 

13.  Important Information – Internet Passwords & email accounts.

14.  Finances – Bank account information, credit card information, loan information.

15.  Automobiles – Copies of insurance policy, copy of title, repairs, etc.

16.  Miscellaneous – Anything that doesn’t fit into the categories above.