Thursday, July 2, 2009

To Tell You What's in My Binder. . .

Okay, there is nothing magical about the binder, but I love it! Here is a tab-by-tab description of what is in mine:

~ Calendar - I printed monthly sheets from I try to write everything down so each morning I can take a look at today and the next few days.

~Schedule - I have a copy of my daily schedule so I know what I'm supposed to be doing. I've made one for school days, and I'm trying to decide if I want make one for non-school days, or just wing it. Probably, I will just wing it since we are going to do school 4 days a week instead of just 3 like last year.

~Homeschool Plans - I have sheets for my unit plans with ideas, goals, and other notes. I also have my workbox planning forms in this section.

~Grocery List/Menu Planse - I have a table type form with sections of the grocery store - produce, frozen, paper products, etc. I currently have a 3 week rotating menu. On the fourth week I either start over or try to clean out the pantry and freezer of things that I've purchased but haven't eaten for whatever reason.

~Homeschool Misc. - I keep little tidbits here like things I would like to have in our art center, or great ideas I print off that I want to remember for later.

~Telephone/Address - Currently, there is only my Homeschool Co-Op group's contact information. I plan to put my Christmas list in here too.

~Travel - Places we want to go, ideas for keeping the kids entertained, sample packing lists, etc.

~A tab for each of my girls - yearly homeschool goals (for my kindergartner this has things like learn 200 sight words, count to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and tens; it also has things like learn to load the dishwasher, learn to tie shoes, learn to think of others before herself) I have a similar list for my 3 year old.

~Craft tab - things I want to make or sew, handy tips I read on the internet, etc.

Other tabs you may have:
~Ministry (I had one of these last year when I was facilitator for a women's mission group at our church)
~Household chores
~Loan/Borrow list - what you've loaned to someone or things you've borrowed so you can remember who has it or who it belongs to
~Gift Registry - who you need to shop for, gift ideas, sizes, etc.

So, what's in your binder? I might be missing something life-changing!!



Jenny said...

That is so organized of you! I have a coupon binder that I use baseball card slots for. I also have a pencil pouch to hold scissors, a calculator and a pen.

I am starting to put together a binder with craft project ideas from magazines.

Momma Snail said...

Like Jenny, I just got baseball card holders for my coupon binder.

I made a binder today, it has 5 tabs...mon-friday. I put in each lesson/activity/worksheet in it.

Then, I have a binder for all of my teacher stuff.

Then I have a home binder/coupon/recipes.

Lots of binders instead of one mega one. :o)

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

Um, hello?? That's amazing! I'm so stinkin' impressed! So cute AND smart!! Just imagine giving that to a child one day- love it~

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I have one binder for each season! Lol I keep the community center's calendar, any coupons or flyers for free local events, future craft ideas, and local brochures for local attractions in mine. It's more of an activity binder than a household management binder, but it I don't know how I would function without them!

Misty said...

I also have a lot of binders...I keep a coupon file in my bag so I always have it with me. I keep a homeschool ideas binder separated by subject. I write down all those little things I read online or in a magazine here. I keep a workbox binder with my weekly sheets and ideas for upcoming themes. I have at least two recipe binders. I'm also a crafter and I have a quilting binder and a crochet binder.

I just found your blog btw and am enjoying it. Our kids are about the same ages, and my dh is a dairy scientist!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Like some of the others, I have multiple binders. I use one for recipes, another for seasonal decor and craft ideas, several for the kids...and (drum roll) home management binder! Unfortunately mine fell by the wayside with the onset of summer.

A friend sent me your blog link, and I'm so glad that she did. I've had a great time looking around, and I plan to come back! :-)

MommyWise said...

love the idea... so many things I need to do

Christy said...

Okay, you and all of the people who commented just made my stomach drop because my binder is so lame and in need of work! I am setting a goal to put my binder together this week. Where do I start?

Elise said...

Oh my gosh...I wasn't even going to read this post, cause the thought of a binder was just about enough to send me over the edge and I would think I would know what to do daily, actually have wonderful ideas in there. And clearly, I don't even know what I am doing so maybe I need to rethink the binder idea. Looks great!!

Anonymous said...

I'm embarrassed, I don't have a home management binder. But I think I need one asap. The only organizational binders I have are for my hobby, doll sewing patterns. Why did I never think of doing one for practical real life things lol.