I’ve been working on a Home Organization Binder since I saw the one Erin created. I thought this would help me keep everything together. As a wife and mom and now working with Braylabee’s I’m on a constant search for balance in my life. So far, the notebook has helped a good bit, I feel more in control and our house is clean. I’ll take it!
Today, Erin has link-up where you can look at other notebooks and perhaps get a few ideas.
So I started on my binder last week and thankfully Erin had already culled the printables and has a great list of sources in her post.
I ordered this cute pink binder from Amazon. It’s a 1″ binder but I could probably stand to go a little bigger. I’ll be on the hunt for a 1 1/2″ next time I’m at Office Max.
I picked up the other essentials at Wal-Mart. Sharpie pens, zipper pouch, sheet protectors, dividers and a folder. I also put a calculator in since our budget sheets are in here now.
At the beginning I put a monthly calendar in a sheet protector. It’s helpful to have this so I can just glance at it when making plans. It’ll also be helpful to Allen. Of course, I’ll use my Erin Condren planner and just transfer important dates to this calendar each month.
The dividers I included are:
- Daily Checklist
- Menu Planning
- Weekly Chores
Next up, Menu Planning. I’ve been using this template for several months now and I really love it. If there is anything I try to always have together it would be meals. Have I mentioned that I love food?
Behind the Menu Planner printable I use a page protector and pull the recipes from my recipe binder and put them in the sheet protector at the beginning of the week. This way, all of the recipes are handy when I need them each evening.
I also included this Favorite Recipes printable. Once I actually write some of our favorite recipes I’ll be able to reference this list when I’m searching for something to cook.
I also included this pantry checklist that I am very excited to use. I always find myself purchasing duplicate items at the grocery store and I’m hoping this will help. I’ll simply make an inventory of the things in the pantry and then check them off as we use them. I know it will take some time in the beginning but once its completed I feel like it will be a huge help.
I printed out several copies of the Weekly Chores Schedule for the Weekly Chores section. When I was working I figured out that doing a few rooms a day really cut down on the amount of housework I was doing on the weekend. Plus, it holds me accountable for the housework every day.
In the Notes section at the bottom I wrote down one extra thing I’ll do each week. This week was de-cluttering our master bathroom closet. It could be anything from cleaning out a closet to wiping down baseboards to packing up the clothes Braylen has grown out of.
I absolutely love that Erin included a blog section and I chose to include the same section and use the same printable. I always think of different things to blog about and then finally get time to sit down and blog and nothing comes to me. This will help keep me on track, plus I can add little notes of things I want to mention in the post.
Braylen’s section is blank note paper. I’ll write down things she does for her monthly posts or things I need to ask her pediatrician.
The coupons section just has a sheet protector for me to slide the coupons that come in the mail that I plan to use. I always forget about these or they get mixed in with the bills and when I pull them out they’ve already expired. Now I can just check this section of the binder before I leave to see if I have coupons to my favorite stores.
I put this folder in the back for things that don’t have a place, per se. For example, there’s a 31 catalog in there right now for a party I’m having next month.
So, what’s in your notebook? Have you made one? Do you feel like it helps keep you organized and on top of everything?