My name is Gerry and I have an addiction… I LOVE Binders. I use binders for scrap booking, stamp collecting, keeping my writings and a myriad assortment of other little bits.
My go-to home organizing binder is my ‘Home Story’. I refer to it daily. If you read my About Me page, you already know it’s history, if you missed it and are interested you can find it here
What is the Purpose of a Home Story Organizer?
It’s first and foremost an organizational tool to assist in keeping your home running smoother on a daily basis. It assists with and keeps track of household chores, errands, meal plans etc.
It keeps important information on hand and in one place – activities, birthdays, annual reminders, contact lists and emergency numbers.
It’s a reference the whole family can use. If you won’t be home to start dinner, the kids can get it started and know what to make. When can we throw Dad a surprise party – check the family agenda. Who’s turn is it to do the dishes? Check the Daily Chore Chart. Mom’s ring went down the drain and she’s home in 30 minutes? Look up the how to on How to Clear Drain Traps. (That one is coming soon)
Sections in My Home Story
I also love lists and printables. I will add a little something to Popcorn + Paint that you can print out and add to your Home Story regularly.
Each home is unique and your Home Story should be too. Just add specific pages as they apply.
Most home organization binders have the following sections in common (and some sub-section examples):
Calendar – Monthly, annual, weekly
Chore Schedule – Routines, daily tidy , weekly, monthly, seasonal
Finance – Monthly budget, paycheque budget, annual and bi-annual expenses. I will admit, I keep this in a separate binder
Phone Lists – Emergency numbers, family numbers, friends numbers, school and work numbers
School – Schedules, car pool schedules, reading list, extra curricular program information, pocket page for things that need to be signed
Health & Fitness – Goals list, diet trackers, blood pressure tracker, first aid check list, medical info for family, pet info
Menu and Meal Planning – Shopping lists, pocket page for coupons, pantry list, freezer inventory, recipes to try
Emergency Information – Doctors, pharmacists, poison control help line
Maintenance Information – home, vehicle, computer
Your Home Story may have more or fewer categories. Again every home is unique and there are no hard and fast rules. Just what will assist you on helping run your home your family’s way.
My Home Story is the inspiration behind the Popcorn + Paint. I treasure it not only because it is now on it’s third generation, but because it helps me stay sane while raising the fourth.
Create Your Own Home Story
It may seem like a lot of work to put together your own Home Story and it may well be. The beauty is it doesn’t have to be done all at once.
- Start with a binder and make some sections.
- Add chosen lists and printables to each section as you go.
Along the way you will find your personal rhythm and organization style and your Home Story will change and evolve. The same way our homes do.
The main thing is to get started.
Do you have a Home Story organizer? Is it easy to stick too? What sections do you have. Let us know in the comments below.
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