My life will be perfectly organized now!
Okay, I can’t even convince myself of that – I’m sure nobody has a perfectly organized life. We’re all human! And there is always one family member who makes things a little crazy in the house. I am that person in our family. I am the kind of mom who keeps things clean (mostly) but there is always some type of clutter in every room. I pick up something to put it away and see five more things that need to go in different directions. Sometimes I put the thing down and walk away. ;-) I have become very good at blocking messes, too! Is there a name for that, like… obliviosa??? When we found out that the owner of the house we’re renting was going to do a walkthrough I looked around and really really saw for the first time some of the things I hadn’t noticed or had ignored because it wasn’t a priority at the time. Like marker on the walls (washable, don’t worry). I swear it wasn’t there before.
But keeping things perfectly organized with a 3-year-old and 5-year-old home with me full-time isn’t really my highest priority. Meaning it’s impossible. Sometimes I vacuum in the morning and wonder why in the world I did that later in the day. I may as well wait until just before we have company or my husband comes home. ;-) If I clean something, it is messed up 2 minutes later!
What really motivated me to do this was my realization that I am feeling overwhelmed too often, usually because I can’t remember all the things I need to and also because I am not a planner. I rarely plan out meals for the week, though I have tried in the past to stay consistent. My house gets cluttered and I can’t find things I need when I need them. I’m not organized! So when I came across a post showcasing a binder that helped you keep all the information you need in the same place, I immediately knew this is what I needed.
So here it is, the binder. I’m sharing each element and how I plan to use it, as well as where to find the free printable.
1. Cover Pages
I found a really nice two-tone binder at Fred Meyer – I love the double inside pockets! And these chevron cover pages are gorgeous. Yes, that’s a free printable. Thank you to whoever made them! Plus, they’re editable, which means I can put any text I want on them! I am in heaven. :)
Find the free editable cover pages here: Chevron Binder Covers
2. Divider Labels
These are my divider tab labels, aren’t they pretty? I printed them out on cardstock and glued them to the my dividers.
Find the free printable divider labels here: Organization Labels
3. Monthly Calendar
The first section in my notebook is the calendar section!
I use this area to write down upcoming events, appointments, and other things I need to remember.
… and a place to put important dates all in one place.
Dates to Remember Page (and more!): DIY Home Sweet Home Life Planning System
Find the free 2-page calendar printable here: Fun in Fifth’s 2013-2014 calendar
Another 2-page calendar printable I like: Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Calendar
4. Homeschool Planner
Next is the school planner! Yes, I had been doing it all online using Homeschool Skedtrack and I do still like that, but I’m finding that I need to be able to pencil things in as I go as well. I think it will be easier to stay on track with school using this method! These are the planning pages I want to use after the holidays:
You can find this free editable school planner here:
Money Saving Mom’s Free Homeschool Planner
5. Blog Planner
Next up, blog organization! I so far have printables that help keep my affiliates and reviews/giveaways in order and a place to write down my post ideas. There are many many more wonderful printables out there that help with writing posts and keeping track, and I may need to add a few to my collection. :)
My favorite blog organization printables:
Homeschool Creations’ Blog Planner
This Simple Home’s Review/Giveaway Planning Sheet
6. Menu Plan
I decided to plan meals out on this monthly sheet to save on ink/paper – it’s just a blank monthly calendar but works well for the meal-planning purpose!
I also added a master meal planning list, a place to keep all of our go-to meals for easy planning.
And a grocery checklist. Sometimes just looking at this will remind me of what I need to buy.
Love These Menu Planning Printables:
Monthly Menu Plan from Picklebums
Free Printable Grocery List @ Pinterest
Master Meal Planning List
7. Cleaning Schedule & Lists
Everyone needs lists! I’m using this page of separate to-do lists to keep my weekly cleaning schedule in order. I don’t know that I will get all that done every week but I’ll try!
This one-day planner isn’t filled out completely yet. I’m using it to give myself an idea of what I want my days to look like in general. Two important goals are to make sure I get my quiet time with the Lord in the mornings and to make sure the kids get their quiet times (reading books or playing very quietly) every day. Our days go SO much better when we get downtime daily. :)
I also have a monthly goal tracker, an exercise/diet log, a printable that organizes things I need to sell, and a long-term to-do list in this section.
Get the List Printables Here:
Clean House To-Do Lists from Clean Mama Printables
Daily Plan from Biblical Homemaking
Monthly Goal Tracker from My Love for Words
Diet/Exercise Tracker from My Love for Words
Stuff to Sell Printable from Living Well Spending Less
So far, that’s it. I think these printables will help me immensely! I hope this post inspires you if you’ve been thinking of putting together a binder like this. I love mine, and it was EASY to put together. You can do it, too!