When I first read about the idea of home-management binders on "Noble Womanhood", I was fascinated. "That looks great!" – I told myself. However, I thought something like this is only meant for married ladies, who have large homes, children, and vegetable gardens. Would it work for a young unmarried woman who only has a small household to manage?
Then I decided to give it a try. After all, I already used shopping lists, to-do lists and a menu planner; I had a daily planner and a book of recipes which I had collected and where I put notes with new recipes I haven't had the time to try just yet. All those resulted in a mess of small and large pieces of paper scattered all around. I decided it will make sense to keep them all in one place.
The home-management binder I eventually made has 3 sections:
1) Home – this is where I keep my "Universal daily to-do list", my "Weekly shopping and cleaning list", small shopping and to-do lists, and of course, coupons.
2) Projects – this is a section for things that take some time to plan and do, and includes current and possible future projects. For example: cleaning in spots I reach only occasionally, crafts, home decoration ideas and things that need to be repaired. This is also where I put bills that need to be paid. Whenever I have some free time, I look into this section and see what needs to be done. It helps me use my time wisely.
3) Food – a section for new recipes I will try when there's time and for original menu and table decoration ideas.
And you know what; this little binder has been tremendously helpful. I'm usually praised for my excellent memory and organization skills, but the truth is that I'm actually a horribly unorganized person, and I'd forget most of what I need to do unless I wrote that down. That's precisely why I need to keep all of my errands in perfect order – or prepare for a disaster.
I would love to hear about your practice of home organization!