I am sure that we are like most families, with household and family information all over the place, in drawers, in piles of stuff on the desk, in files, it goes on....you get the picture!
One way we have found to remove this mess is to have one place to hold all, so for us it's a "Home Folder". It's sort of the one stop shop for key information about your home and family. So today I thought I`d take you through ours, and how I created it. Hopefully, you may find this helpful.
Decide on what information you need
The first step is to make a list of the types of information that's important for your home and family. Think about what you often look for, what's always lying around, what does everyone need to have access to and so on.
This can include calendars, weekly plans, to do lists, shopping lists, projects list, meal planning, cleaning plan, important contacts, school information, info for babysitter, maintenance schedules for house, cars and garden.
A helpful way to decide on these topics is to have a look at the free printables available on line. There is a lot of great information available on blogs as well as You Tube on this topic. I found a couple a really good sites with a lot of free printables, these are justagirlandherblog and scatteredsquirrel
What was useful for us, was to have all the "home" information together, especially for Pete. I keep personal contacts and other important family information in my planner. It's totally personal how you do this, every family and home is different so you will need to work out what information is right for you.
So we decided on the following topics,
- Calendar and Weekly Planner
- Goals and Projects
- Maintenance and Cleaning
- Important Information
- Local Information
Chose your folder
This folder I sourced from a folder from the local stationery shop, Whitcoulls . I know there are lots of different sizes and designs of folders/binders, again go with what you like and what will work for you.
I use plastic shelves to hold the printables/papers as it's easy to take in and out as information changes. What I also find helpful for the "Important Information" is to use business card inserts, rather than writing or typing the information in. Again, this is really handy when changing the information.
Divide the topics and Label
For each topic or subject I used "L" shaped pockets as the dividers and just punched holes in them for the folder. The L shaped pockets are great to insert information, like the latest menu from your favourite local restaurant. I created a tab on each of the pockets and labelled them. As an aside, a label maker at home is an essential tool, I use the P-touch Brother, it's great.
I also got an A5 zip wallet and did the same, as above. In this I hold a small amount of cash. It's great for those times when you need small change for kids school, donation, bus......coffeeeeee!
I found most of these items at Warehouse Stationery, again any stationery supplier will have these.
And, all importantly, make sure that you have the folder out in a central place so everyone can have access to it.
I hope this was useful to you, enjoy creating your folder!
Big hugs and smiles