Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Family Binder

So I finally did it. I made our Family Binder. I am so glad its done!! I love how it turned out & I am pretty impressed with it. I wanted a Family Binder to hold important contact info, Our Routines, Calendars, Shopping List, Recipes, Documents & List. I wanted to have something for when we have someone watch the girls to go by & for me to go by so I can be more on routine with things. I think having this book is good for any family to keep on hand to stay on top of things.

So here is the cover Page:

Inside I added dividers & page protectors. Here is a list of my dividers.
  • Important Contacts
  • Routines
  • Calendar's
  • Cleaning
  • Food
  • List
  • Documents
*Contact List Tab
 I also have a page for the Babysitter Followed by a CPR Information page which I found & printed from Baby Center
I also have two pages of important business contact information & family & close friend contact information. I also have a page protector to add business cards for places that are important to remember or for our Credit Cards we don't use all the time.

*Daily Routine Tab

I have one for each day Monday through Sunday. I started my Week with Monday because Sundays are more relaxed. But each day is different.

The first page I have in here is an area where I can list appointments to remember for the week or things we have scheduled outside or routine. I have this as I all the doc's in a protective cover so it allows me to use a dry erase marker on it to write things down & to erase it each week or as needed so I don't have to keep reprinting. I did this with all my list that I have. Which I will list here in a bit.

*Calendar Tab

I have a calender for each month. I only print out the month we are in though so that I can add activities to the next month before printing & on the first of that month I print out & replace.
This too is in a protective cover so I can add info to the calendar as needed. 
At the end of this divider I have a page for Family Birthday's to Remember & Holiday's for the year.

 *Cleaning Tab

This is a page that I created of daily cleaning list to follow. It's not super detailed but it lets me know what needs to be done each day. I am also going to work on adding some helpful tips for cleaning that I found on Pinterest Gotta Love Pinterest!!!
*Food Tab

Here I have a page to list meals for the week along with a shopping list. I also have a sheet to plan each meal for the day so I don't have to be creative each day just once a week I can sit down & fill this out. After these pages I have pages of recipes.

 *List Tab

My list divider has pages of list.
  • To Do ✓ List
  • Prayer List
  • Reminder List
  • Goal List
  • Home Needs List
I also have a list page for each member of our family. So if one of the girls needs new shoes or diapers or we need to sign them up for something I can write it here to reference back to.

*Helpful Tab

Here I have printed out different helpful tips.
  • Tips for Saving
  • Craft Ideas for the kids
  • Family QT ideas
  • Teaching Tools
A lot of this information I found at iMom

*Documents Tab

My documents tab is where I have a business card holder to put our SS cards & other important cards such as Insurance Cards. I also have a protective sheet for our Wedding Certificate & Birth Certificates.

At the end of my binder I added a notebook so I can write down Blog Ideas. Added list that I need to create or recipes that I can write up & print later or notes that I have taken from the doctors or a TV show such as the doctors. I also have a separate planner that I carry around to appointments or that I write future appointments in so that when i need to print out that month's calender I can reference back to that as well.

I hope you find my ideas helpful & useful & do share what you have created & or tabs I may not have that maybe helpful for me or others too :)


  1. Melissa- You did a great job on this! Your organization is way better than mine! I hoping to get better though.

    1. Thank you Tiff it took a whole for Nero get it together & I almost gave up but I love final look :)

    2. Um love auto correct on my iPhone. My above MSG should read follows:

      Thank you Tiff it took a while to get it all together & I almost gave up but I love the final look :)


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