During March I took part in IHeartORGANISING‘s Household Binder challenge.
I’ve had one for a few years now but it had become outdated and I wasn’t using it to it’s full potential. So the challenge was a great chance to update it.
The sections I have for my Planner are:
- Menu and Groceries
- Car and House
These suit our current lifestyle but are easy enough to change as our life changes.
One of the things I changed about my planner was to use different dividers as I wanted ones with pockets and removable tabs, making it easier to change if I need to.
I also changed my oh so cute cover to include our adorable cats and our upcoming bub, not to mention updating Bailey from a baby to a little girl.
In the Planner section I have a monthly calendar (thanks to IHeartORGANISINGS free printables for this challenge) where I can keep track of appointments and family activities.
I already have a calendar on the wall, plus I keep track of everything on my phone. So this one is really just a back up.
I also have a sheet with all the important dates on it like birthdays and anniversaries.
This section also includes my Daily To Do list as well as my Master To Do List.
The Contacts section is pretty straight forward, it works as our address book with a separate sheet just for frequently used/needed phone numbers.
In the Kids section I have the current canteen list for both schools, a list of what each child has on and needs for each day of the week (this is also on our notice board) and preprinted absentee notes for each school (I made these in word).
I also keep things like book club vouchers and school calendars in this section as well as the kids daily schedule and chores list (both of these I made in word).
The Menu and Groceries section holds a copy of our rotating fortnightly menu plan for Summer and Winter plus a copy of the shopping list for each menu plan.
I also have a copy of my master shopping list and Freezer, fridge and pantry inventories.
There is a list of school snacks that we make plus the recipes for all of these and those on the menu plans.
The Cleaning section (I had planned on doing a separate folder but changed my mind) has a copy of our cleaning schedule as well as how to’s for each room.
There is also a copy of all the cleaning recipes I use and where to find all the cleaning stuff (for when I’m in hospital having bub).
The Car and House section has our insurance info plus maintenance logs for each.
I also keep a list of any improvements we want to make to the house and yard with what items and where I can get them etc.
Finance holds current statements and utility bills along with the contact and account details for each.
Pet’s has all the info for our dog (Bones) and 2 cats (Ash and Misty) including vet checks and registration and microchipping information.
The Health section has a page for each family member that includes any medication or health concerns plus when they are due for dental or optometrist appointments.
The General section holds anything that doesn’t quite fit in any other section but still needs to be easily accessible.
I know from experience that these sections will change as I use them until the Planner fits our needs exactly but it’s a great start.
I am linking up to IHeartORGANISING for this one and want to say a huge THANK YOU to Jen for her timely challenge and for the great free printables that she created and made available for this challenge (be quick though as they wont stay free for long).