This morning I have been working on our household binder. I’ve put off cleaning it up and getting it organized for quite some time. It’s not in it’s final form yet, but I think it’s the way I want to use it. I will use it for a month or two and then make it pretty.
So, ya wanna know what I’ve put in mine? OK
Right inside the cover I have two page protectors with the following information.
- our address and phone number
- emergency number: 911
- poison control number: 1-800-222-1222
- Non-Emergency numbers for police and fire
- Nearest Family Info
- Our contact numbers, Matt work and cell, my cell
- Name and date of birth for each person who lives here
- Directions to our house, in case one of the kids or a sitter needs to give out this info
The next page has all the contact info for our utilities and our basic repair and maintenance people.
After that are two pages containing some contacts. Schools, doctors, neighbors, my family since they don’t live near us and our closest friends info.
Then I will have a divider labelled, Current Week. It will contain a two page printout that will cover what this week looks like. Page 1: Daily and Weekly housework check list, what are the dinner plans, shopping list. Page 2: any appointments or plans that have a time on them, to do this week – items transferred from monthly/quarterly/annual household needs, the cleaning list for this weeks household focus zone. Both of these pages conveniently face each other so the book can stay open here on a regular basis.
I also have some information to refer to about kids responsibilities and such.
I’m gonna add a first aid section after that. I’m still gathering and condensing the info I want here.
Next is a contacts section. Some business cards, addresses for distant friends and acquaintances.
The Activities Info section is next. This is for activity calendars, school calendars, rosters, church info, etc. The section divider is a current year calendar.
The next section is HOUSEKEEPING. It holds the zone detail cleaning lists, homemade cleansers recipes, lists by room for decluttering and the definitions for each room. Oh, by definitions I mean, IDEALLY, what and only is this room for. This is helping me to re-organize the house. It will also help me define those items or categories that don’t have an ideal “home”.
The PERPETUAL CALENDAR is next. It just one page protector per month with a list of things that happen in that month. It includes home, doctor appointments, birthdays, seasonal activities and such. I put info that will be needed that month in the page protector. Like invites (after it’s added to me calendar), directions, ideas for activities (print outs/fliers/etc). It’s a lifesaver for my sanity.
TRAVEL is the next section. Packing lists, activities to do while traveling, and our travel wish lists. This is a fun section, but isn’t used enough.
Like I said, this isn’t complete yet, but it has what I want it to be for now. I am working on a separate binder for the important information. Post on the later.