A couple of years ago, I made my own “homekeeping binder.” It helps me stay organized and on top of my weekly homekeeping lists, records, and reports. Everything regarding “the keeping of my home” is in one easy place!
Though I don’t always keep everything perfectly, this little binder has helped me tremendously.
The binder itself is from Target, and I think they still sell this style in their stores. I added tabbed dividers inside, and included labels for home cleaning lists (broken down by daily tasks, with a few blank lines for filling in additional things to do), weekly menu pages, calendar pages, budgeting reports and spending plans, homeschooling misc, pantry list, price list, car maintenance, home decor ideas, Christmas info, and phone numbers.
As I’ve continued to use this binder, I’ve noticed there are some tabs I use more than others. For example, my menu planning and budgeting pages get lots of use, but I don’t keep up with my pantry list or price list as well as I’d like.
The menu pages are a *huge* timesaver for me. When I’m sitting down to plan the upcoming week’s meals, sometimes my mind just draws a blank, or I can only think of the same few meals that I made last week. Having the ability to browse through several past menu pages refreshes my memory and helps me get the planning done in record time. Meal plans are laid out similarly to what I’ve shared here.
In the budgeting section I keep a print-out of our current spending plan, which I’ve printed using the reports feature in our budgeting software. As we update our spending plan, I place the new copy over the old copy… it’s motivating to be able to compare our spending plan now to what it was in months or years past, see the progress we made, refer back to a failure, and have it all at the tip of my finger.
Regarding the homeschool tab, this is not the place where I put our homeschooling records, worksheets, etc. Rather, this is where I keep a few printed articles and statistics that help keep me inspired on our homeschooling journey, such as a copy of the article Ten Good Reasons to Homeschool by Dr. Greg Sherman. If you don’t homeschool, I’m sure you could create a school tab for each child and fill it with all sorts of helpful resources.
Here are some additional snapshots from my homekeeping binder:
P.S. Want a sneak peek into my recipe binder, too?