For someone who always considered herself very organized, I really have no excuse for the fact that my most important family and financial documents were scattered all over the house. I kept filed taxes from past years in a cabinet, insurance documents in a drawer, bills, car and home paperwork on random shelves and in various folders.
It was a bit of a disaster. And hard to find when I needed something. And embarrassing. And a time waster. So I knew I had to do something about it. I decided to create a Home Management binder, to put all my family’s most important financial documents in one place, neatly organized and accessible when needed. Now, when I need to find my son’s birth certificate, my passport, the title to the car, or a old tax return, I just open up my Home Management Binder and voila, it’s all there.
How to create your Home Management Binder
Creating your own Home Management Binder is a great idea for all the reasons mentioned above, as well as the fact that buying one ready-made can cost hundreds of dollars and still not suit your particular needs, so I recommend making your own.
What you need to make your DIY Home Management Binder:
A 2″ or larger binder (you’ll be surprised how fast it fills up; mine is 3″)
Dividers with tabs (and pockets are a plus)
Several dozen clear plastic page protectors with binder holes
Zippered binder pockets
Business card holder
Pen and marker
Organize the sections of your binder with the pocket dividers and label each section. Find your important documents and insert them into the page protectors, then file them into the appropriate section. In the back, add a pocket for our passports and immunization records.
Suggested categories for your Home Management Binder
Free Printables For Your Home Management Binder
Store your home management binder in a tote with handles to make it easy to grab and go in an emergency, and keep it safely out of sight.
The end result? We are organized, and every important document is in one easy to find place, saving space and time. It’s fabulous! Every family should have a family and home management binder.