Tour of my Home Making Binder

I wanted to make a video but still have not been able to get it to upload. I have instead created a pictorial tour of my HMB.
Section #1: Schedules

The first page of my coupon binder can be found here. I use both sheets found on page (2).

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I slip the pages inside of a clear sheet protector and write on them with a dry erase marker. Each morning I date the sheet and begin filling in the days menu and home~keeping tasks.

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The sheet has (3) section dedicated to Morning, Afternoon and Evening routines. There is space to write in the meals and boxes to check off the tasks as they are done. The thing that I love about this sheet is that it has the very same verse that I quote to myself and my children when we are having a tough morning.

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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The sheets wipe off easily every night and is ready to be filled in the next morning.

The next sheet in my HMB is a calendar. I have a few throughout my binder. This one is the easiest to access.

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The next page is my workout schedule at the YMCA. I have the monthly schedule and I’ve highlighted the classes that I’d take for each day.
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Section #2: Home-Making

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This is a reference guide of our daily tasks. It has everything listed here that needs to be done each day. This sheet was downloaded and edited using the Donna Young, Housework Document

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Here is a closer view of the sheet. These are the basic tasks that should be completed each day. Things such as making beds, brushing teeth and tidying rooms. This sheet does not include community chores.

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This sheet works especially good if I am not at home, my husband can just refer to this sheet to have a quick reference guide of my expectations.

Next I have the weekly at a glance schedule.
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Here is a close up.
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In the center of this form is our monthly home-making chores at a glance.
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And just beneath are the quarterly tasks such as winterizing the lawn, washing the house sorting and donating clothes, etc.
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Sometimes my children will forget that they are supposed to be working and not playing during chore time. I use the next few sheets with biblical reminders of the importance of diligent workers.

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Here is one that teaches Godly attitude toward parents.
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and here’s one that promotes peace at home with family and siblings.
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These can all be found at doorpost.com, however these sheets are no longer FREE. They do have a great sheet for mothers that is FREE and a Courtship Checklist if you are in that stage of life with your children.

The next page is a handwritten documentation of what I mean when I say “Go and do your kitchen chores”. Everyone’s standard is different as to what they consider as a job well done. I have written a specific out line of what a clean kitchen looks like according to mom’s standard.

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I wrote this sheet after hearing one too many “Well it looks clean to me” from my children.

Below is a handwritten checklist that the children can refer to anytime they’d like to go and play. If its a Saturday morning I’ll ask “Did you do your morning chores?” . They can quickly refer to this page to answer the question as to whether or not they can play the X-box. If they see that they have not done a chore then they will go do the chore and then get permission to play.

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Section #3: School
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I keep awards, statewide test scores, report cards, weekly schedules and doctor’s excuses in the section. I have a page with the contact info of all of the children’s classmates and teachers. I have a school calendar in this section. I also have each of the children’s class schedules in here. If I need to pick them up fro school I’ll know exactly where they are supposed to be.
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When I am homeschooling this section is used for my children’s lesson plans/ I use page (2) of the fullpagedaily.
Section #4: Menu

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There was a time when I would make menus every week. I began keeping those menus to use as a spring board for future menus. Whenever I am making my weekly menu I just refer back to old menus and pick meals from them. I have about 15 pages worth of meal ideas. Just like the one below.

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In the front of my menu section is a Food Storage cheat sheet. I use this to determine the shelf life and freezer life of any food. I found this at Publix last year on the publication rack.

I write my weekly menu in here on a sheet protector and erase it at the end of the week.

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I also keep a copy of the Hillbilly Housewife $45 Menu and the $75 menu in my binder just in case. Proverbs 31 states “she has no fear of the snow for her household is covered in scarlet”.

I am very resourceful a have learned to hope for the best and plan for the worst.

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Below is a daily kitchen work sheet that helps you to prepare the kitchen the day before for the following day. This sheet accompanies the menus above. I have used the same idea to stay on top of meals in my kitchen.

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In the menu section you’ll also find a pantry checklist.
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This section helps me stay on top of activities the children are involved in at church.

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The final section is for household rules and rule for living. Below is the fist from in the rules section. It covers a general outline for our lives according to the King James Bible.

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Here is where I found the premise for the sheets above.

I hope that you are able to grasp a general idea of how helpful a Home Making Binder can be to managing a home and family.


This post is proudly shared at Kelli’s place.