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 www.donnayoung.org 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)
~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!!