This first picture is not of my homemaking binder, but it is inside my pantry door. I laminated scrapbooking paper and taped it to the door. Each month or week I tape the newest list on the laminated paper. It looks much prettier than before. This is what is on my door--you could hang up whatever lists or charts best suit your family.
1. Jimmy's church duty roster
2. Jimmy's work schedule
3. Our weekly menu
4. My Kroger list--we highlight items as we run out. I take the list off the wall and complete it before I shop. Then I hang up another list.
5. My ongoing chore list.
6. Our van seating chart (rotates seating assignments for the kids each week)
7. Kids' chore charts
I use Better Binders from Staples. They are my all time favorite binders!
The tabs are also the Better Binder brand. I used an online template to type my labels and then printed them out. Very easy!
Another view of the tabs. That page on the left is one that I patterned my daily to-do list after.
This is my laminated checklist.
This page is laminated. I use a wet erase marker to mark off the weekly, monthly, and quarterly jobs. I take this page out of the binder to the area we are cleaning each week. The kids and I mark off each job as we do it.
The tabs in my binder include:
- To Do lists
- chores (a master copy of the above list plus copies of the kids' chore lists. Their lists are small laminated lists that they check off each day with a wet erase marker.)
- Meal Planning (I record what meals I serve each month and I keep blank forms for planning weekly meals)
- Shopping Lists (Sam's, Walmart, and Kroger)
- Running (where I keep my training plans, race forms, etc.)
- Projects (where I list all of those things that I need and want to do--like drawers to clean out, things to sew, etc.)
- Birthdays, Gift Ideas (I made a chart of all 12 months. In each month's square I listed my family member's birthdays in that month and the day. Does that make sense?) (The gift idea pages list everyone that I buy gifts for and space for me to jot down ideas.)
- School Calendar (simply a July-June calendar, all on one page. I highlight Jimmy's off days)
- Important Documents
- Shoes (I list the month that I buy running shoes for each member of our family and the type of shoe. Running shoes are only good for 300-400 miles. I cannot remember when I replace the kids' shoes, so I made a chart!)
- EOBs (I keep my Explanation of Benefit statements here until I pay the medical bill. Then I file them in my filing drawer)
- Homeschooling (a master list of schedules, some lesson plans, etc.)
- Homemaking (encouraging articles, ideas, etc.)
- Business Cards (I have plastic storage thingys for the business cards I want to keep.)
I really had a lot of fun creating my homemaking binder. I like having all of these items in one place. I hope I have shared some ideas that will help you to create your own homemaking binder if you choose to make one!