If there is something I struggle with on almost every single day, it is my unmatched talent at making messes, being forgetful and in general being a scattered, organizational disaster!
I’ve known for a long time that something’s gotta give! At the start of the year I made it my goal to de-clutter and get organized! It may be a slow start but I’m getting there! My project over the last week or so was to put together a Home Management Binder to keep me on track daily!
I spent a lot of time looking through Pinterest at the plethora of home binder printables available! I eventually settled on the ones I found to be most clear, easy to use and best of all, FREE!!! You can find them here! I liked the variety of options, and that I could pick and choose which print outs worked best in our binder, and skip the ones that didn’t.
Being a 2 laptop couple, we no longer had much use for our desk top computer, or the desk it sat on. When we bought our new bedroom furniture, we moved our old bed into what was then our office, and got rid of our desk. Making it a little more difficult to work on office related projects!
After getting my supplies together, Hubby Bumpkin walked into the room with a horrified expression on his face. After days of working to sort through and organize papers in what will become Baby Bumpkin’s room, he said “You’ve expanded your operation, I see.” I had to laugh. It always looks worse before it gets better right? RIGHT?!?!
In my binder I included daily and monthly cleaning and to do lists, a month by month calendar, meal planning and recipes, address book and important info like our insurance policy numbers etc.
One tip I learned to save time and money by not requiring every single day to have it’s own sheet (think about that, 365 pieces of paper in one binder, only for daily to do’s!) was to put each paper in a plastic page protector and use a dry erase marker to write over top. I even went as far as to test different markers to see what I liked best… and I found a clear winner!
The Zwipes marker, on the top, has a finer tip than most regular dry erase markers on the market, and doesn’t easily smudge away like the marker below did. To erase, you simply use the other side of the pen to ‘wet’ the ink, and then dry it away with the built in sponges. These are sold specifically for use with other Zwipes products, but I found they work perfectly on the page protectors in my binder!
I’m excited to start using my binder on a daily basis! I know it will help me be more organized, and stay on track with my daily and monthly goals! I plan to update you down the road to see if I’ve made any adjustments to my home management binder, and how it’s worked out for us!
Do you have a Binder or other system to keep your household running smoothly? Have you found it helps, or do you think having one would be beneficial?