Basically, there is no one-size-fits-all binder. I looked at about 10 different styles and suggestions and found what might work for us. It will also be a perpetual work in progress. Right now, I'm getting ready for school and teaching for the fall. In a few years, it will be Mr. Elliott who is attending school. Things will change, our life is always in flux, so I made sure it was going to be a fluid organizer. The suggestion here is just that: a suggestion. Check out how others do it and perhaps you'll find that perfect set-up.
First, and this seems universal, you need a 3-ring binder. I got a Martha Stewart one from Avery, which is sturdy and sophisticated:
|I have it in the blue.|
I'm using my favorite dividers (What is wrong with me? Who has a favorite divider?!), which are Avery Style Edge Insertables, which even come with printable labels! Woo-hoo!
Aside from that, I'm using print-ables from all over the internet. I'll post those in the House = Home tab soon.
My sections are this:
(Not inside the other dividers)
- Post-it Project Dock (I'll explain at a later date)
- Daily Docket
- Calendar: Schedules, week-at-a-glance, and anything else that is need to know about our day.
- Finances: Budget sheets, bill checklists, and reference material (copies of important financial docs, car stuff, etc.)
- Cleaning: Weekly cleaning checklist, as well as items for daily and monthly consideration.
- Food: Meal planning worksheets, grocery lists (reusable), recipes for the week, and take-out menus.
- Health: Health records and paperwork for every member of the family, including Barney. Also, insurance info.
- School: Paperwork I'd need to quickly reference about Penn State. Later, I expect that this will be used for school items for Elliott.
- Planning: Party planning worksheets, trip planning, holiday planning...you get it.
- Reference: Phone numbers, birthdays / anniversaries, periodic table, measurements...all that stuff.
I'll go into more detail once I have more detail to give! We'll also have house updates soon...you know, once we actually move in.
- M & J.