Linking up with Kelly from My Purple Brick Road for our weekly Try It Out Tuesday post.
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Today's post is about my "Our Life Binder". The pin I chose is HERE, and the website it links to is HERE.
You might have heard of this before. Most people call it a "home management binder", and they're all the rage with "mommy blogger" sites. I had a hard time finding descriptions and instructions to make a home management binder that would work with our life, i.e: I work outside the home, we have no children (living in our home full time), I don't home-school, I am the primary bread-winner (for now!), and I work crazy hours. But, I still really wanted a way to simplify our lives, have all of our important information together in one place, and develop a system for mundane tasks like paying the bills and grocery shopping. I haven't been the best about putting our system into practice, and the next few months I will be challenging myself to stick to using the binder on a daily basis and developing more of a routine around our home.
What? You HAVEN'T heard of a home management binder??? All you need to start your own is a few easy to find items.
~3-ring binder, folder, or notebook
~Paper to print out your binder information sheets
This is my personal binder cover-to-cover. All of the products I used were purchased from Wal-Mart, and cost a total of around $20. I took a bright cheery pink 1" binder, clear sheet protectors (simply because I'm weird about liking things in sheet protectors!), and plastic tabbed dividers with pockets as the section dividers, and I bought some Sharpies and dry erase markers. I designed most of the printed sheets from compiling information from many of the organizational/management binders I found online. I customized the entire book to fit OUR LIFE...and you can do the same for yours!
|"at a glance" weekly calendar so we|
all know who is doing what and when
|Personal information, one page for each adult|
|Child information sheet|
Customize to your specific child's needs and activities
One for each member of the family
|Medical info continued|
|Vehicle information with make/model|
license info, and insurance carrier information.
|Shopping list of our usual purchases|
(this one is for food, I also have one for household items/
There you have it.
(A great resource for the printable sheets for your binder is Life Your Way. I used a few of theirs as-is and used others as templates for my own binder.)
Modifications: Heavily modified to fit our current life status. But, that's the beauty of it, it can grow and change with your family as it and your circumstances change!
For The Win!: Almost any and every piece of information we could possibly need regarding ourselves, our family, our finances, and our life habits are compiled in one easy to find, easy to use binder.
Fail Factors: ~Can be time consuming to set up initially.
~Does take daily use and maintenance to achieve the full benefit of the organizational system.
~Almost any and every piece of information we could possibly need regarding ourselves, our family, our finances, and our life habits are compiled in one easy to find, easy to use binder. Hmmm...
*"Try It Out Tuesday" is a blog hop (or blog party) created by 3 friends, and is inspired by Pinterest. We choose one, sometimes two "pins" (if you want to be labeled an overachiever, just sayin') per week, try them out, and review them on our blogs. Anyone can join in, just leave the link to your Try It Out Tuesday post in the comments and we'll add you to the list! C'mon, let's Try It Out!