Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Household Binder

If you know me at all you know that I am a planner. I like to plan out everything and make lists and jot down my thoughts. I was trying to find a planner that worked for what I wanted it for and I had no luck. So I decided to make one for me just the way I would want it.

If you are on Pinterest I am sure you have seen these household binders floating around. Basically they are one binder where you can keep everything you would ever need in one place. At first I thought that I would only want something like this once we have kids and a million schedules to juggle, but I was wrong. So I decided to make one for myself.
I started by grabbing a one inch binder with dividers and a set of Jan-Dec tabs. I created 7 different "sections" with my dividers: Calendar, Schedules, Finance, Contact Info, Cleaning, Miscellaneous and Address Book. I put everything except my calendar into protective sleeves.


Calendar
The use of this tab in pretty self explanatory; I will be using this for our daily calendar. I started with a 2014 year at a glance printable. Then I used my Jan-Dec tabs to create the different months.

Inside each month, I have a monthly calendar along with two scratch pieces of paper. I usually write down ideas in such in my planner, but I do not need the individual days of the week.

Schedules
This differs from my calendar in that this is where I keep all my other schedules that are not necessarily on my calendar. I have my master to-do list in here, along with important dates to remember and my planned PTO hours and such.

Finance
This tab was the main reason for me to want to make a binder. I have all kinds of sticky notes all over the place that have notes about our finances on it. Well I got sick of the disorganization. We do things a little bit differently in our house so there is a lot to keep track of. In this divider, I have our monthly budget, our monthly cash flow for our checking account, and other notes for what we will be saving for. We also set aside money each month for our non-monthly expenses, like car insurance since we pay in full every six months. All this money goes into a separate savings account that we then transfer money out of when bills come due. So I needed to track the amount that should be in the account each month.



Contact Info
This section has all of our contact info and policy numbers for all of our different insurance policies. Not sure how much we will utilize this yet, but I thought it was cool.


Cleaning
This tab holds all of my cleaning schedules. I made up a new one specifically for this book. I decided that I am going to have a room to clean each day that way I know exactly what needs to be done for the day. And I will also keep checklists for seasonal tasks.

Miscellaneous
I am sure this will develop over time, but for now it is whatever else does not fit in the categories. I have a blog post idea sheet in there right now.

Address Book
Someday I will be organized enough to have everyone's addresses in one spot. For now I will just have a few that I use more often than others.


I have already started using this and I am in love. It is so nice to have everything in one go-to spot. I also like the printables because they keep me organized.

I found most of my printables via pinterest. My favorites were Organized HomeScattered SquirrelIHeart OrganizingOrganized Home Life, and DIY Home Sweet Home. And my Year at a Glance can be found at that link.

Here's to being more organized in 2014!
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