How To Make A Home Management Binder
If you want to know exactly how to make a Home Management Binder then this post will teach you in an easy step by step way. Learn exactly how to create your own binder, add the categories and tabs, and start to use what will become your homes manual!
How to make a home management binder - step by step easy to follow guide
This is the 3rd part of my mini series of posts about Home Management Binders – and is possibly the most important. If you’ve missed the first two and want to go back to them first, then please click the links below: –
What is a Home Management Binder?
What to put in a Home Management Binder
HOW DO I MAKE A HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER?
My Home File is simply made using an A4 ring binder (I love Staples’ Better Binders), and adding in a cover, printables and tabs to it.
There’s no big fancy system really – just a little work from you to pull everything together.
TIP – You could have a folder for each section of this Home File, as mine is created as 6 separate planners that can be grouped together in a Home File. I like this idea because it separates things nicely – especially as I sometimes want to keep the budget and finances part separate for privacy.
Having it in a folder form rather than a book or a filing system makes it more portable, and it’s easier to take things out and add to the sections etc.. as you need to.
It also gives you the ability to put each page into plastic files which can hold items that haven’t got holes in – such as vouchers, tickets etc…) – so let’s go through the steps you need to create your very own file:-
STEP 1 – GATHER WHAT YOU NEED
To create your own home management binder you would only need the following items:-
Some sort of folder(s) of your choice (size, colour etc…. to work for you – 4 holed works best for A4) – CLICK FOR MY CHOICE
Dividers / Tabs that will enable you to find things easily and manage the file better – CLICK FOR MY CHOICE
Plastic covers. I put all planner pages in plastic covers for a few reasons which I will go through later in this post… It’s also useful to have a few at the end of the Home File to put any receipts / vouchers you have.
Hole punch for your required sized folder (4 holes ideally)
Pens of different colours – you could have a colour for different areas, or each person in your home etc…
Label Maker – to label the tabs neatly (you can of course just use a pen if you prefer) – CLICK HERE FOR MY CHOICE**
Printables / Checklists etc… to add to your Home File to enable all notes to be taken easily. Either create these yourself using the category help in the previous post, or you can get my printables by taking a look at my HOME FILE planner available now.
TIP – I have used different sized folders over the years, but have now settled on A4, as I find this the easiest to work with, and a lot of paperwork comes in this size already. It’s also a practical size to see everything you need.
TIP –Always get a 4 ring one as these make the papers stay in much better which will otherwise cause you daily frustration!
STEP 2 – USE THE CONTENTS OF THE HOME FILE TO LABEL SECTIONS
I like to use a label maker for this as it makes the finish so much more clean and tidy, and I use the main headings from each planner within the Home File series (there are 6 in total – CHORES / MAINTENANCE / FOOD / BUDGET / HOLIDAYS / FAMILY).
Adding the tabs to the file will ensure it’s ready for adding in the Home File sheets (a later step).
STEP 3 – ADD THE COVER PAGE TO THE FRONT OF THE FILE
Create your own cover page or use the one provided in my Home File – but having a cover page on the front of the file completes the look of the Home File really nicely.
I always recommend using a file that has a plastic slip cover for adding a cover page as this will last longer and look more professional – the staples ones I use are great for this (see above for link).
STEP 4 – ADD PLASTIC FILES TO THE FILE TO PUT YOUR PLANNER SHEETS IN
Because I like to use some sheets in the planners on clipboards and on the wall, I don’t want then to have holes in as that doesn’t look as nice – so I put all the planner sheets in plastic folders within the file.
This means I can simply pull out what I want and use it.
It also keeps the pages clean and wipeable, and allows me to print off extra sheets (for example, meal plans) and keep them all in the same folder.
STEP 5 – ADD ALL THE PLANNER PAGES TO THE CORRECT PLACE IN THE FILE
Add in the pages that you want to have in your file into the correct place (using the contents pages as a guide).
STEP 6 – FILL ALL THE PAGES IN WITH YOUR INFORMATION
This takes a little time, but is such a lovely thing to do as it can easily get rid of all those little bits of paper you have had around the house.
You can now add the information to the Home File and then recycle the paper – perfect!
Think about all those business cards, bits torn from magazines, post it notes etc… – you can really declutter and streamline everything!
AND RELAX ^^
You can now relax, safe in the knowledge that you have all the information you need at your fingertips – and you really won’t know how you did without one for so long!