A Basic Home Making Binder

I am helping a fellow Proverbs wife put together a workable binder. I thought it would be good  if I went through mine and did a little tidying up. As I went through it I started taking down notes to share with any one interested in putting together a Home Making Binder.

I have been using my binder for several years and it has grown on me. I have started out with some sections that I later removed. And I have added some other sections as time went by. Today I will share with you a basic binder to get you started. I hope this post will be helpful in giving you some direction for starting  your on Home Making Binder.

Supplies:

Binder
Dividers
Notebook paper
Single Page 12 Month Calendar or Month to Month Calendar

How My Binder Is Organized


Binder: I used a .35¢ binder from the Goodwill

Notebook paper: For taking quick notes, brainstorming my menu or jotting down a grocery list.

Calendar: I use a (1) month calendar versus a 12 month calendar on a single sheet. This is the FREE 2010 Pillsbury Calendar that came in the mail. I separated the pages and punched (3) holes.

Divider #1: Homemaking

After the calendar is my first divider. This is the beginning of my homemaking section.

 

In my Homemaking section you’ll find the following:

  • Daily Agenda/To-Do Sheet and Menu

  • A gentle reminder of what I have to do at home.

  • Children’s Chore Schedule
  • Summer Daily Schedule
  • Daily & Weekly Homemaking Schedule

  • Quarterly Homemaking Schedule

 

  • Home Improvement List

Directly following my Homemaking section is the school section.

Divider #2 School:

  • Bible Reading Schedule

  • Lesson Plan

  • Grade Sheet
  • Homeschool Accountability Documents

Divider #3 Budget:

  • Pay stubs, Invoices, Receipts from my blog
  • Income Tracker Sheet
  • Expense Sheet

Divider #4 Menu:

  • Weekly menus from past weeks (for ideas)
  • Once a Month Menus fro past weeks (for ideas)
  • Master Grocery List

Divider #5 Rules:

  • Biblical reference sheets

  • Internet and magazine article references

Divider #6 Hobbies:

  • Crochet cheat sheet

  • Craft project instructions

  • Gardening notes

Because or families and obligations are different our sections will be different. At one point I had a section titled “Church” to hold the schedules from the different activities my children were in at church. This year they are not participating in any programs so I removed the section.

Your HMB should be a help to your daily life. It should help you achieve an organized method of managing your home. I ‘d love for you to share any tips, comments or questions that may be helpful to other “A Proverbs Wife” readers.Your comments are always welcome.

2009 Tour of my Home Making Binder HERE

Comments

  1. says

    Hello!

    I really like your blog. You have wonderful ideas. I have been putting together some home binders. So far I have one for home and schedule, one for finances and one for my photography. For the home binder, I really like your Family Rules page. Would you please make yours printable?

    Sincerely,
    Lou

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Lou,

    I will scan it and share it after the holidays.

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  2. Pam says

    I have started my binder tonight (work in progress) and I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for this and also for encouraging me to be the best Christian wife, mother, daughter, friend I can be. I love your site and I hope you know how much you are helping me and others!

    I love being organized and I am always trying to find ways to stay on that track and when I saw this binder I thought I would try it. I am even thinking about making my son who is in high school one because he really needs help with his organizational skills at school and I am thinking this might help him as well.

    Once again, thank you for being and encourager and for uplifting me as a Christian.

    Pam

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Pam,

    You’re welcome Pam. I think making a binder for your son could help him stay organized if this style of organization suits his personality. My oldest daughter had a binder and it really helped her. My younger daughter is more visual/hands on, so we are working on ways to help her stay organized. Binders are a work in progress and can be changed as life changes. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Vikki says

    Would you be willing to share your house rules with us? Thank you

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    I will share it soon. I could not find it online so I’ll type it out and post it for you to print.

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  4. says

    I am always trying to make someone else’s methods fit my life. I like your reminder to only use what works for me. I don’t have a home management binder, but having one would help organize the little bit of time I do have at home.

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