In my quest to become uber organized I have created a Family Master Binder. I first saw something like this a few years ago and never acted. Earlier this year I stumbled across another and it sparked a memory of a master desk binder I used as a teacher. It contained all of my important papers and information, including lesson plans and homework sheets. I actually half heartedly started this project a few months ago. I put it on hold and tried to create a system on my iPad and that just didn't work out. So in the beginning of last month, I started... again. Like anything else I am interested in or doing... I googled like crazy. Turns out everyone and there mama has one (yes I even found a retired mama who had one). Side bar, I feel like there is so much to learn about managing a family and running a household. I am learning so much from the blog world... anyway. I found one that I absolutely love on iheartorganizing. I modeled my own binder after hers but made my own printables because I'm kind of cheep.
So, what exactly is a Family Master Binder. It is your go to spot for everything your family needs. It's like the quick-e-mart for important information. Sure you can find anything on the web, but having everything in a central location right at your finger tips is way more convenient. It is most commonly referred to as a Home Management Binder or Guide, but I like to be different. You can call yours whatever you want.
Who needs a Family Master Binder? Everyone. From single lady with two dogs (Hi Erica!), a growing family, or even a retired empty nester (Hi Mommy!). Just think of how convenient it is to have all medical info right at your finger tips. Need the number to the plumber?... it's in there. Need the number to that favorite chinese spot? Or a place to store incoming bills or coupons to The Limited? This is it... you need this.
I've been using my binder for about a month now and it has proven to be a major asset to our family. I'm even
So these are some things you'll need:
A binder. Mine is a 2 inch binder and it's the perfect size. I purchased mine from Target (cause I like the girly colors), but any binder will do. Don't feel like you have to spend a bunch.
A printer. Your pages don't have to be color, but a printer is definitely a must.
Sheet protectors. You don't necessarily need these, but it will make things look neater and help things last longer, which means less printing. I actually already had some leftover from grad school.
Dividers. I used plastic folders with a pocket then added file folders too (I'll explain later).
The following is a list of things you may possibly want.
Sticky tab dividers
3 hole punch
3 hole pencil case
Wet erase/dry erase markers
This weekend gather your supplies. Each week I will tackle a few sections. Don't feel like you have to rush through this. It took me quite a while to get everything together. Also create a folder on your computer. Let's get organized together!
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