Tips for creating a home management binder system, including how to make them, what to buy, and how to keep them organized.
When you manage a household, there is so much paperwork and information to deal with. Without an effective system, it can be easy to feel like you are drowning in papers. You may have heard of home management binder systems, which can be a great way to keep things organized and minimize clutter. But without planning out your home management binders, you could end up with disorganized system. Here are some tips for creating a home management binder system.
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Determine Which Home Management Binders You Need
Take a look at all of the clutter that you have and figure out which types of home management binders you need. I’d recommend the following, depending on your household:
- House maintenance binder
- Shopping binder (coupons, receipts, takeout menus)
- Bill payment binder
- A binder for each kid
- Car maintenance/information binder
Purchase Supplies for Your Home Management Binder System
You’ll need to purchase some supplies for your home management binder system. Here’s what you’ll need per binder:
Develop a System for Continually Updating The Binders
After you put together the binders with the tabs, collect all of the extra papers around the house. Sort them by binder type, and then figure out an appropriate way to separate them by tabs in each binder. You could sort by date or type of paperwork. Once you’ve set up each folder tab, add the paperwork to the appropriate binder. You can either use the pockets, or use the three-hole punch to add them to the binder. We have specific directions to create house maintenance and bill payment binders.
Going forward, develop a system for updating them. I’d recommend getting a bin to add all paperwork in, and then go through the bin once every week or every other week. During that time, add everything to the binders.
Store Valuable Papers/Items Elsewhere
When you go through the paperwork every week or every other week, you may find some items that either don’t fit in a binder, or are too valuable to keep in a binder, like birth certificates, car deeds, and passports. For those items, I’d recommend getting a safe. That way, you’ll always know where those items are when you need them, and they will always be secure.