Organization is the best way to have things done fast and in good order. For the purpose of properly managing ourselves at home we need to document things in an organized way so we do not make mistakes of forget to do the things that are necessary to be done. So a home management binder is perfect for keeping us on track with our everyday lives.
To organize your binder you may need some tab dividers – plastic ones are recommended. You can list the tabs in alphabetical order , order of popularity or however other way you choose. The best practice is to label each tab and make the labels readable at first glance. To achieve this you may paste labeled pieces of paper in a slightly overlapping manner running vertically to the front section of the binder. The labels should be pasted on their specific tabs so that you can go to the page you want without searching.
To do lists:
This is normally placed at the very first section of the binder. Each night you can list the things to do the next day. Never begin a day without your “to-do list.”
The tabs below are listed in alphabetical order. You may place each tab in your binder in the order of priority.
Original Social Security cards, important papers related to investments, retirement plans, bank accounts, and associated contact information, information on your outstanding debts, due dates, and contact information. Everything to do with banking- place them here.
Make a list of all the bills you have to pay. These could include; electricity bill, water bill, car insurance, credit card debts, subscription services such as netflix and so on. All bills in order of how they they are to be paid; weekly monthly,quarterly yearly and so on. One of your goal may be to pay off all debts. In such a case it may help to look at them regularly and devise hacks and smart plans to cut it down lower and lower until it is all paid off.
Making a decision before hand on how your money should be spent is the way to go. This is totally necessary if you are not super rich. Even the super rich does lots of budgeting. In this tab you should allocate money in terms of amount and the purpose it is to be used for. Savings, investment, charity, bills and so on.
Not everyone place goals in binders, but we believe that your goals are as real as anything else on the list. It is good to write down our goals in as much details as is possible so that when we look at them we will see into the reality of realizing those goals. List your goals in terms of short term (1 to 2 year), medium term (2 to 5 years), and long term (5 to 10 years). Read over your goals very often to stay on track of achieving them.
Your goals may include; spiritual, financial, material, health and fitness, relationship and educational.
Use this for scheduling dates for upcoming activities – vacations, camps, trips etc. Use it effectively so you do not have to miss out on any important appointment.
Make a list of all the rooms in the house and then list under each room the areas and things to be cleaned:
Bathroom= sink, shower door etc
Kitchen=counters, cabinets etc
Bedroom=floor, bedside table etc
Living Room= sofa, center table
Other Rooms– guest room, laundry room
Phone numbers, emails, home addresses, work addresses, work contacts, school contacts, all the possible contact details for everyone you know. Be a bit extreme with this one. It may be very helpful in times of need. Your identification cards should also be photocopied and placed here. If you should ever lose a purse or wallet, you should have everything that it contains already photocopied. You may also photocopy and place car documents too.
Grocery List/ Menu
Your grocery list is based on the meals you plan to cook for yourself and family. Have a page for your menus attached to the grocery list so you can refer to it when preparing to buy grocery. It can also help you to stay within budget.
These are the little useful books that comes with your appliances, keep then together in this tab. They may come in handy sooner or later.
Insurance And Medical Documents
A list of family doctors, prescription medications, and contact information for all pharmacies you use Health insurance, life insurance, medical documents such as blood tests, urine tests, immunization records and so on.
Sensitive information may be kept in this tab, for this reason some people keep this tab in the safety deposit box.
Copies of your important legal documents, including powers of attorney, living wills , and health care proxies. Birth certificates, school certificates, land titles, house titles, all car titles, marriage certificates, tax documents, passports, and so on. Anything with your name on it that prove ownership of something – place them all here also.
In this tab you could have pieces of paper or pages with directions to somewhere you have been but do not quite remember the directions. Or a map to a place you plan to go. Put it here so you do not have to look it up.
This is especially good for your computers and electronics household items. Just in case anything happens to the item that is manufacturer’s fault. Place them here. You may also place receipts for those and other really valuable items here.
There may be other tabs that you might think of based on your individual or family needs. Feel free to add them and be relentless in your quest to be ORGANIZED!