Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Homemaking Binder/Notebook

In the last couple of weeks, I blogged several posts about homemaking and suggested the use of a homemaking binder to store everything in. Today, I am offering front and back covers for the binder. This is not a sponsored post, and I am not being compensated in any way. I shop at Staples, because it is the only office supply box store in my area.


Our Homemaking Binder Covers
Ways to Create a Homemaking Binder Using the Cover

I recommend copying the covers onto cardstock or other heavy-weight printing paper.
  1. Laminate the covers and punch to use with discs.
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  2. Use a binder with clear plastic sleeves on the outside and slide the sheets in for the cover.
    Staples
  3. Use any kind of disc-bound or regular binder, punch and insert into the binder, putting the homemaking forms in between the front and back printed covers. 
Sections
  1. The back cover can be reprinted to use as section dividers, if desired, using cardstock and positionable tabs
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  2. Use other dividers to separate the sections, either created or purchased.
Recommended Tabs and Order
I put the contact and insurance information forms due to their importance; however, they could be kept at the back of the binder, because they may not be used as often as the other forms.
  • Contact and Emergency Contact Forms
  • Insurance Information Form
  • Housekeeping
    • Print the Comprehensive Housekeeping Lists (CHL) to use as a guide to create personal housekeeping lists
    • Keep a copy of the CBL in the binder for future reference
  • Menu and Grocery Lists  
    • I recommend placing a Grocery List after each Menu Planner so the list can be made at the same time the menu is created. 
    • Grocery items can be added to the list as needed. 
    • Add a zip pouch to keep coupons matching the grocery list.
      • Bring grocery list and zip pouch to the store.
    • Menus can be saved for future repetition of a week or help to create new menus.
  • Food Record  
    • Should be separate from the Menu and Grocery Lists, because these sheets will stay in the binder for future reference.
  • Budget - Money-related forms can be put in a separate binder
    • Print the Comprehensive Budget Worksheet (CBW) to use as a guide to create a personal budget.
    • Keep a copy of the CBW in the binder to create future budgets as financial circumstances change.
    • Add a pocket page to collect bills needing to be paid.
    • Consider adding three-column journal pages for record keeping.
    • Add sheet protectors for receipts.
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I hope this information is useful for creating a personal or family homemaking binder. Please let me know if there is further information needed or desired.

Enjoy!

- Amelia