July 28, 2007

My Home Management Binder

Well, here is my attempt at showing off my binder. I apologize that the pictures aren't very good- I did it pretty quickly. I used to think it was pretty nerdy to have a binder with home management stuff in it and resisted the idea. I tried to get one going before, but I still wasn't convinced that it would be helpful and didn't stay with it. Now I really understand the idea behind it, and I've been blessed to have all my information all in one place. It's like a second brain :) I have two sets of dividers and lots of page protectors (I just started using those), as well as a zippered bag with pens and such in the front. I've been building it for several months, maybe close to a year.

Front Cover:

The inside- I have a pad of note paper on the inside pocket, as well as some scratch papers or whatever papers I need to 'file'. Then I have my zippered bag with pens, dry erase markers and other things I need easy access to.

Next is my 'Rules' Section, which I got from www.myblessedhome.blogspot.com. I have three pages- "A Woman's Rules to Live By", " Mothers' Rules" and "Children's Rules".

Next is the Calendar Section. I have one with all the months of the year on one page, and then blank ones that I can write in. I mostly write my menus in those- guess I should move them to my 'Menu' section.

Next one is my Schedules. I have several things in there- the Master schedule, routines, to-do lists, and my revised summer schedule, which I've revised again but haven't added to the section yet.

Here is the Menu section. I don't really have a set menu plan, but I made a few up just to have on hand. I also have a master grocery list to help me check off any items we're out of that I might forget. (things you don't normally buy weekly, like baking powder)

Next is the Child Training section. I have lots of pages printed out from raisinggodlytomatoes.com- I should refer to it more than I do :) I intend to add information for ideas of fun activities to do with the kids, and chart their learning progress etc.

Next I have recipes- most are not in page protectors, but I'm planning get them all 'protected' because they get splattered on. I have tons of recipes in another notebook, and I plan to add my favorites to this one, someday!

My cleaning section is next, and this picture is my 'normal' method, not the summer-modified one. I also have detailed instructions for cleaning specific things and recipes for homemade cleaning solutions.

The next one is a health section, to put various articles I find important, but there aren't any yet! I keep forgetting to print things out.

Then I have a tab for Leiah, to put some of her medical records (like shots) and her school info in.

Next I have extra dividers, page protectors and I forgot, but I have scratch paper in the front behind my zipper bag. Then I have a stack of inspirational articles in the back pocket of the notebook.

Here is the very back of the binder, with a copy of my master schedule from a few months ago.

And there you are, my brain in a book :)


Unknown said...

Thank you for the tour of your binder, it was really fun to see! :-D

Thirdtimemomma said...

Your binder looks great. What a great Idea printing the Tomato webpage. :) I might need to "borrow" that idea :)

In my NT book it said to use 2 packets. So it sounds like I used too much yeast. :) Are you using all wheat flour with your Overnight bread? I cant seem to get it to come out with all wheat flour. Half wheat and half white I did, but not all wheat. could you send me the recipie for Challah? I would LOVE to test that out. :)


Thirdtimemomma said...

Thanks for the link. Im trying the HH Overnight bread with all purpose white flour tonight to see if I can make it go. ;)

Christy said...

Oh I love the idea of having your Master Schedule in the back cover! Looks Great!


Anneatheart said...

Hi Christy-I sort of just stuck that schedule in the back because I couldn't find my hole puncher at the time!

THanks for visiting.

Unknown said...

I love the idea of putting your master schedule on the back cover! I think that I will do that myself. :)