If you haven’t read part 1 of The Complete Tour of my Home Management Binder, you can find it *here*.
After my Routine and Kids sections, you’ll find Menu Planning.
In the pocket, I keep a reminder of healthy Mom snacks (the idea is that I reach for those and not the Oreos), and yet chocolate still made it on there somehow. (AND I ALREADY WARNED YOU ABOUT MY HANDWRITING)
Next, the inventory of what’s in my deep freezer.
This is kind of cool… On my shopping list (kept on my fridge), I just write down things I need to buy as I run out of them, so in no specific order. However, when I’m ready to go on my shopping trip, I’ll rewrite all the grocery items here in dry-erase. I’ve memorized where most of the food items are kept in my most commonly visited stores (Wal-mart and Aldi). Then I’ll transfer it back to my shopping list, this time in aisle-by-aisle order for convenience. A little prep beforehand saves a lot of time later on! If you’re interested in the rest of my menu planning and shopping routine, you can find that *here*.
Next, a list of how many grams of protein are in what foods since I wasn’t getting enough.
Recipes to try (cut from various magazines), although I also have a pinterest board for this too.
And recipes I’ve tried and liked that I need to add to my official recipe binder.
Next up, my financial section. (I keep unbalanced receipts in the pocket)
I have an official month-by-month tracker of expenses (which I’m not going to show here for privacy reasons), but here is my spending at-a-glance which is dry-erasable (like everything else in my life). I’ll jot things down here as I buy them so I have an idea of how much I’ve spent in each category, even before I’ve had a chance to balance things. I also keep a reminder of my savings goal for this year right on top. (Note: I’m an Amazon seller, so the amazon section is for business expenses, not for personal purchases I happen to buy through amazon… ’cause that would be silly)
My birthdays/special occasions gift list. I’ll write ideas of what to give them as they come to me during the year, and mark when I’ve actually bought it already. I understand it looks a bit chaotic here, but I understand what’s going on.
And my Christmas list (similar idea). Some things have been marked-out since I know certain family members read this blog. (That’s right, I know you looked!)
Next, my blogging section, where I keep all my brilliant ideas and conniving plans to keep you coming back for more…
But you didn’t really think I’d show you that, did you? What would be the fun in that?
Lastly, my miscellaneous section.
I keep random things in the pocket, currently some membership information I want to look through better and a phone number to that window-repair guy (in case my toddler decides to lock himself in the house again and we have to break another window).
My online passwords and usernames (not showin’ you those either).
Our emergency booklet (from abowlfulloflemons.net), containing our emergency info and preparedness stuffs.
A beat sheet for working out the plot for my someday novel.
A list of things I want/need to buy. I’ve been pretty good about crossing things off there, haven’t I?
Room decorating and/or improvement ideas. I currently focus on one room a month, so if it’s a larger task, I’ll collect it here until that month rolls around.
This should probably be in my menu-planning section, but it’s a list of things I’ve recently decided to start making from scratch instead of buying. If that goes well, I’ll do a post about it!
Some empty scratch paper (mostly used by the toddler, actually).
And my puppy info (for Pride & Prejudoodles) is all kept in this folder. I know the polka-dots don’t match the floral binder very well, but…
It’s a THREE-POCKET folder (by C Studio) and I love it.
So, there you have it… The heart of my home-making happiness, all in one place.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below! I love talking about my home binder, so would be thrilled to share more with you (or learn something from yours!).
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