If you’ve been around here for awhile, by now you know about my love affair with binders. Yes, it’s true. I LOVE to organize with binders. In fact, I’d put my love of binders right up there with my love of clipboards, label makers and Elfa Storage Systems.
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So why do I HEART binders so much?
- Ease of Use: Although I like to use file folders to organize reference/archival papers, binders are the easiest way to corral and organize papers that I’m actively using for current projects & papers I frequently reference.
- Portable: It’s so easy to grab a binder off the shelf and take it with me if I need to access those papers on the go.
- Easily Stored: Binders can be stored just about anywhere for easy access throughout your home (drawers, cabinets, shelves, etc.). This makes it possible to store them near their point of use.
- Inexpensive: Binders are fairly inexpensive and they can be reused over and over again once you’re finished with a project.
So what are some of the ways you can organize with binders in your home? Just look at some of the examples from around MY home:
- a general household binder (for handy reference papers)
- a recipe binder
- a home remodel binder (or any other type of time-limited household project)
- a holiday planning binder
- a product manual binder
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A few days ago, I introduced you to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, a collection of 129 eBooks, eCourses, membership sites and printable collections designed to help you manage your home life like a pro. As I dig deeper into the bundle, I was excited to discover just how many of printable resources can be used to quickly create an entire collection of binders to organize just about every aspect of home life!
Let’s drill down and take a look, shall we?
I consider a household binder to be one of the foundations of an organized home. It serves as the central storage place for all of those papers that you need to refer to on a fairly regular basis. The types of papers that are stored in a household binder can be customized based on the needs of your household. Some common categories of papers include:
- contact information
- emergency information
- school information/schedules
- sports/activity schedules
- cleaning schedules
- home maintenance information
- meal planning/grocery shopping lists
The 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes three super comprehensive printable sets that you can use to quickly create a custom household binder:
- Simplify: 35+ Printables to Help You Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog($14.00)
- The Purposeful Life Planner by Helena Alkhas of A Personal Organizer ($47.00)
- The Ultimate Busy Mom Planner by Jennifer Slavich of Home By Jenn ($19.95)
Creating a budgeting & household finance binder is a smart way to keep on top of your family’s money matters (in fact, we devote an entire month to organizing your finances & bills in the Organize & Refine Your Home Challenge).
All of the comprehensive printable sets listed above in the Household Binder section contain a series of budget-related printables. In addition, the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes three resources that are devoted exclusively to organizing your finances:
- Real Life Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon of JessiFearon.com ($19.97)
- The 90-Day Budget Bootcamp Workbook by Rosemarie Groner of The Busy Budgeter ($7.00)
- 2018 Budget Binder by Kaitlin Stearns of The Simply Organized Home ($7.00)
HOLIDAY PLANNING BINDER
Despite our efforts to simply the holidays, there are so many “moving parts” that it’s almost impossible to juggle all of the tasks involved without some sort of organizing or planning system. Creating a holiday planning binder is the perfect way to store all of your party planning, gift giving, food shopping and holiday card ideas, inventories and lists.
With the purchase of a 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, you’ll be covered for not just Christmas, but for ALL of the holidays that you celebrate. Just imagine how much more you’ll be able to savor and enjoy the holidays when you’ve taken advantage of all of this planning goodness:
- Year Round Holiday Planner: The Ultimate Tool for a Year of Memorable Celebrations by Laura Rizer of Sunny Day Family ($14.99)
And for those of you who homeschool, I don’t have to tell you how many balls you’re constantly juggling each day (especially if you homeschool multiple kiddos). Wouldn’t it be great if you could create a Homeschool Bible for yourself in the form of a pretty binder full of gorgeous printables?
- The Organized Homeschool Planner by Carlie Kercheval of Learning to Speak Life Books ($20.00)
Maybe you’ve deemed 2018 the Year of Self-Care. No matter what particular brand of self-care you’re focusing on, creating a binder with worksheets, planner pages, and trackers can be the key to keeping your self-care goals and habits on the front burner. Use these resources from this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle to create a customized self-care binder:
- My Yearly Self-Care Planner by Betsy Kay of Your Nurturing Nook ($9.99)
- Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to a More Organized Life (Starter Package) by Kalyn Brooke of Brainbookguide.com ($27.00)
- Crush Your Week: The Complete Guide to Designing An Intentional Weekly Routine by Emily Counts of The Small Stuff Counts ($15.00)
- Medical Binder Printables by Jayleen Zotti of Sunshine and Rainy Days ($7.00)
Do you have a trip of a lifetime in your future, or maybe just your family’s annual pilgrimage to the beach? Either way, there are typically oodles of details involved with the trip planning process.
Why not create a beautiful binder to inspire you during the planning process? This gorgeous one is included in your this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle:
- Travel Planner Printables: Plan, Organize and Journal your Next Trip by Emily Bredeson at Stuffed Suitcase ($2.00) of Morning Motivated Mom
So there you have it! I hope I’ve convinced you why you should organize with binders. They are the key to eliminating paper piles AND your overstuffed file cabinet!