As promised, I’m starting a series regarding a home management binder, that I recently put together. Before we get started, let me make the following disclaimer: I am in NO way any where near an expert in organization, home management, cleaning (HAH!) or anything in that realm. I can only speak to what I’ve found to work or not work up to this point in my 30+ years of life and 9 years of marriage.
So, as I said before – I know there are a ton of buy/print/make/customize binders and planners out there, let me say when I chose to make my own:
1) I wanted my calendar/planner and my home management/emergency binder all in one place
2) I wanted it to fit in my purse
#2 created the biggest issue. There are so so so many printable for making your home management and emergency binder, and it’s easy enough to toss a calendar in with it – however they all seem to be designed around a standard letter size (8.5 x 11) paper. That doesn’t fit in my purse so easy.
So, here are the supplies I rounded up to put everything together (aka, what you’ll need if you want to follow along at home). I got almost everything I needed from Staples (if I didn’t already have it on hand) but I’ve linked to Amazon links because, well, because I did. 🙂
1 “mini” 3 ring binder (measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches rather than the standard 8.5 x 11)
Some sort of divider/index tabs. For my binder I needed a set of 12 month, and one set of five un-printed dividers.
OR cut sheets of colored card stock in half and punch holes in it to insert between sections
You will also need:
standard printer paper
a whole punch – either and adjustable 3 punch or a single punch
Suggested: white card stock
Dry Erase Marker
You will also need a calendar/planner or some sort. You can go about this several ways, you can buy a refill set designed to replenish a day runner style planner, you could print your own, or you could buy an inexpensive planner and take it apart. Personally, I did the last option, I bought a spiral bound 5×8 planner that covered the remainder of 2013 and 2014 (18 months) and took out the months I wanted (July 2013 – August 2014). If you like stickers for your organizer either a) buy a planner that comes with them or b) buy an add on set.
Allright, that’s it for the supply list. I’ll be back to get things started next time.
Have a great weekend!
Looking for other installments in the Home Management Binder series? You can find them here: