I mentioned yesterday that I decided to make a family binder to help me get organized. Part of it is an honest and true desire to get the home management part of my life under control. Another part of it is an excuse to buy office supplies :-).
I had a coupon for the Martha Stewart line at Staples so I started my journey there. I grabbed a binder, some stick on tabs, some page dividers and plastic page protector sleeves. As it turns out, however, the tabbed dividers were smaller than the page protectors so I can’t use them. I decided to stick with the page protectors because I want to keep my pages nice and I also plan to use a dry erase marker to check the boxes on the chore pages!
I found some great resources for printable pages and grabbed almost all of them from those sites. I also created my own page that I am sharing with you for free!
The first resource I found was a gold mine. A friend tipped me off to this series on Organizing Homelife with tons of printables (scroll down the post to see them listed at the bottom). I decided to start small so I grabbed the following printables from her list:
- Daily Chores
- Monthly Zones
- Recipes to Try
- Babysitter notes
- Neighbor contact list
- Birthdays and Anniversaries
I also wanted to make a master meal list so I can have all of our “usuals” in one place. The idea behind that is to make the planning much easier and allow for more variety. I seem to get in a rut with the same 8-10 meals over and over. I know we like more than that, but I often forget them when I am planning.
Free Printable Master Meal List!
I decided to make my own printable to share for the Master Meal List. Feel free to print and use (personal use only please)! This one is for dinner but if you would like to see other meal times, just let me know! The file is a pdf so make sure you have Adobe reader installed so you can print. Enjoy!
Do you use a family binder? What else do you have in there?