Last week we talked about making the to do lists. One of the most important things about a to do list is making sure you don’t put too much stuff on the list. You will only feel down if you cannot possibly get it all done. Make sure to include activities with your children on the list too. I have found that double spacing on the index card works best for me. The size limits me to just a few things.
This week we are going to talk about putting the binder together and putting it in use. There are many ways you can label your binder, and what works for one person will not always work for you. The important thing is to make it work for you.
The front pocket of my binder holds items that I may be thinking about ordering or items that I want to research more, as well as some scratch paper.
The next thing in my binder is my calendar. When I make appointments I try to make sure I write them in on both calendars. On Sunday, when I am planning our next week of school, I also compare calendars to make sure I have everything on them both.
After my calendar, I have my to do list. I keep this list up front so I can easily pick out some things to work into my week. The list reminds me of the important things that need to be done. It helps keep me on track.
The sections labeled with tabs are next. I like to use tab dividers with pockets to hold blank grocery lists, chore charts, menu planners, lesson planners and price book pages.
My binder is currently divided into the following sections:
- Grocery/Menu Planning
In each of these sections I use the folders on the dividers and blank page protectors to hold items for that topic. To give you an idea I am going to tell you what items I have in each section. Remember that you may need to label your tabs differently to make your binder work for you. Also notice, I did not mention bills. Bills have their own binder/folder and will be talked about in a future post.
- Household – blank chore charts, one year planner.
- Grocery/Menu Planning – blank menu planner/shopping list pages, list of meals we like with ingredients each meal takes, price book pages, and my own stock up price list.
- Goals – In this section I have a sheet filled in with our goals for the year. You can have one for personal, finance and family. You can have separate ones for each or combine them.
- Homeschool – lesson plans for past weeks, current lesson plan in a sheet protector, blank lesson plans for future weeks, a resource list, craft ideas, reading lists, a reading wish list, some of our curriculum scope and sequence, reference sheets and my copies of papers we turn in to our school district.
- College – I have a senior in high school this year so I keep her scholarship award letters, acceptance letters etc in this section as well as financial aid information. She has her own folder and notebook where she keeps the scholarship applications she is working on, ACT information and any other college related stuff she has to fill out.
- Blog – I recently added a section for my blog related information.
If your children attend public school you may have a “school” section for important school papers. The point is use the binder to organize the papers and lists you have laying around. Keeping it in one or two (bills) locations will help streamline your life.
I use many printable charts and sheets from many different sources. I have found a combination that works for me. You will also need to find the ones that work for you. Below I have included links to the places I get my printables: