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We are proud to announce the release of our 2014 home management calendars. They are available in all three colors to compliment your binder. You can download the calendars below.

Home Management 2014 Calendar – Black and White Floral
Home Management 2014 Calendar – Vibrant
Home Management 2014 Calendar – Pink Polka Dots

The seasons are changing and the holidays are just around the corner.  That means it is time to get ready for the new year.  Our 2013 free printable calendar is the perfect way to organize your year.  It contains all 12 months with fields for notes.  It is available in three colors, that match our home management binder.  Download it today for free.

2013 Printable Calendar – Vibrant

2013 Printable Calendar – Black & White Floral

2013 Printable Calendar – Pink Polka Dots

Another Friday is here and it’s time for another free home management printable.  Today’s fun printable is a meal organizer called “Let’s Eat”.  It organizes your weekly meals by day of the week and also meal times.  With ample space for notes, recipe info, or groceries lists, this printable is a great way to keep your family organized.

Download the Let’s Eat printable today.

Today’s free home management printable is a place to collect inspiration quotes or sayings you come across.  You can build a repository for self-motivation.  It is also a great way to record inspirational verses you might read.  It is available in three styles that match our home management binders.

Inspirational Printable – Black and White Floral

Inspirational Printable – Vibrant

Inspirational Printable – Pink Polka Dots

 

Next week we will be adding to the store a new 6 page supplement for pet owners (available now).  For now you can download the Pet Sitter Information printable for free.  It allows you to communicate the most important details about your pet to your pet sitter.  There are areas to record your info – where you will be and how to contact you, emergency pet info, your pet’s routine and schedule, and a large notes area for miscellaneous information.  If you have a pet at home this free printable is essential for when you are away.

Pet Sitter Printable

Add a little bit of decorative flair to your home management binder with our free binder spines printable.  This printable contains variations for all of our home management binders – black & white floral, vibrant, and pink polka dots.  The download comes  with two sizes for each design.  One is for 1 1/2 inch binders and the other is for 1 inch binders.  Check back every Friday for more freebies.

Home Management Binder Spines

It’s another Friday and it’s time for some more free home management printables.

Today’s Freebie

Our Week-at-a-Glance is a great way to organize your week.  In one look you can see what is in store and what you have planned for dinner.  Our home management binder includes this page in a horizontal format.  This new design is vertically formatted for your preference.  Today’s printable is available in three colors to match your binder.  Just click the link below to download.

Vertical Week-at-a-Glance – Vibrant

Vertical Week-at-a-Glance – Black and White Floral

Vertical Week-at-a-Glance – Pink Polka Dots

Every Friday we give away free stuff.  This includes new printables, covers, quotes, and fun things we wanted to share.  Check back every Friday for more printables.

Today’s Freebie

The Daily Rundown is one of the most frequently used pages. It is command-central for your day. Our binder includes this page, but it is in a horizontal format with two days on one page. The new design is vertical with one day per page.  Because it is only one day at a time, we have expanded some of the fields.  Now you can keep a running shopping list to jot things down.  A section for an inspirational quote which could be scripture, quotes, or things you want to meditate on.  There is also a section for your top priorities.  These are things you have to get done no matter what!  Today’s printable is available in three colors to match your binder.  Just click the link below to download.

Daily Rundown Vibrant

Daily Rundown Black and White Floral

Daily Rundown Pink Polka Dot

Daily Rundown Free Printable

All of our home management printables are in PDF format. PDF is a digital file type for displaying documents. By using PDF you can view your printables on your PC, Mac, smart phone, or tablet. If you cannot open the file you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free PDF viewer.

When you open the PDF file, you will notice that the design extends from edge to edge and covers 100% of the page. However, when you print your documents you will notice a small white border around every page. This is normal and is due to the fact that printers cannot print edge to edge (with the exception of professional “full bleed” printers) because they grip the paper in certain areas to send it through. While we cannot eliminate the white space, we can maximize our print size by looking at the printing options.

To Print Your Document
1. Click the print icon, or choose it from the file menu.
2. If you are not using the default printer, choose your printer from the printer drop down.
3. Enter the number of copies you want to print.
4. On the print dialog under “Page Sizing & Handling”, make sure the actual size option is checked. See the red box below.
5. For orientation select “Auto portrait/landscape”.
6. Click the print button.
Print Dialog

In our home management system, some pages you only have to print once, but many pages you will need to print multiple copies. Here are the instructions for printing specific pages multiple times.
Printing The Page You Are On
1. Navigate to the table of contents page. It is the second page in the document. Here you will see a list of all the included pages. You can instantly jump to any page by clicking on the page name.
2. Click the print icon, or choose it from the file menu.
3. If you are not using the default printer, choose your printer from the printer drop down.
4. Enter the number of copies you want to print.
5. Choose “current page” from the pages to print option.
6. Click the print button.

Printing Specific Pages from the Table of Contents
If you know which pages you want to print, you can print them directly from the table of contents page.
1. Navigate to the table of contents page. It is the second page in the document. It lists the page number for all the pages in the binder.
2. Click the print icon, or choose it from the file menu.
3. If you are not using the default printer, choose your printer from the printer drop down
4. Enter the number of copies you want to print.
5. Choose pages, from the pages to print section, and enter the pages you want to print in the box next to it. For example, if you wanted to print page 5 and 10 enter 5, 10 into the box. If you wanted to print all pages between 3 and 10 you would enter 3-10.

Assembling Your Home Management Binder

Home Management SuppliesYou will need:

  • 1 to 1 ½ inch binder
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Clear sheet protectors
  • Tabbed dividers (at least 9)
  • Cardstock (optional)
  • Slash pockets
  • 3 hole punch

Print all of the pages included in your download. You will want to print more than one copy of some of the pages (see the section notes for more details).

Sheet ProtectorPut the cover into the front sleeve of your binder.

Use your tabbed dividers to create your sections. You can use a label maker, print them (if you get the printable kind), or just write on your dividers. Your sections should be: This Week, Calendar, Meal Planning, Cleaning, Finances, Family Information, Contact Information, Projects & Planning, and Notes.

Each section begins with an inspirational quote. You can slip each one into a clear plastic sheet protector. Then, place them behind the tabbed divider for the appropriate section.
Now, you can begin to fill your binder section by section.

THIS WEEK

Daily Rundown (2 per page):

You can track your water intake, exercise, and vitamins at the top. There are 10 lines with check boxes for a To-Do list. There is a place to write down appointments, as well as notes that may come up throughout the day.

I like to have lots of the Daily Rundown forms printed and just keep them in this section. Each week (usually Sunday evening), I consult our calendar, the bill pay checklist, and talk with my husband about anything he has going on, to fill these pages out for the week. I consult the Weekly Meal Plan form to see what we are having for dinner each night and then write those in, too.

The “Daily 5” is a list of five household chores that you should do every day to keep your house in good working order. They include: Make the beds, do the dishes (have a clean sink at the end of the night), sweep the kitchen floor, wipe counters, and do a “clean sweep” each night (meaning everything in its place).

Week at a Glance:

This is less detailed than the Daily Rundown form, but allows you to see a whole week at a time. Use whichever one works for your family.

CALENDAR

Important Dates:

This form is for birthdays, anniversaries, and any other important dates that occur each year. Keep this page in the front of your Calendar section.

Calendars:

You can print a few months of calendars at a time or print the whole year and put them in your binder. I like to print these calendars on cardstock, rather than regular printer paper. These are pages you are going to be using a lot and cardstock will hold up better.

MEAL PLANNING

Home Management Calendar

Master Meal List:

The Master Meal List is designed for you to create a running list of dinners that everyone in your family enjoys. It is divided up by meats/food categories. First, start with what you already make for your family. Write those in the appropriate boxes. Your goal should eventually be to have at least a month’s worth of meals. That way, you can cook meals and not have a lot of repeats in a month. My Master Meal List started very small. Each week when I did my meal planning, I would choose from various meats/food categories (this kept us from getting in the “chicken rut”). I would try one or two new recipes per week. If it passed the test (everyone… or most everyone… liked it), I added it to the Master Meal List in the appropriate box. Over time, your Master Meal List will grow and it makes meal planning a cinch! You may want to print your Master Meal List on cardstock since you will be using and consulting it often.
One helpful tip to use with the Master Meal List is to write the source (cookbook, page number, website, etc.) by the name of the dish. You can even print the recipes off, make a copy from a cookbook, or tear out a magazine page and place them into clear sheet protectors. Then, you can either include them in your Home Management binder in the Meal Planning section OR create a separate binder specifically for your family’s recipes.

Breakfast & Lunch Ideas:

This is helpful in planning your meals and keeps you from getting in a rut of feeding your family the same thing all the time.

Weekly Meal Plan:

Plan a week’s worth of meals on this page. You can put one or more pages in your binder. I like to at least have a couple in case I am working ahead a bit. I like to consult our calendar when meal planning. If I see that we have plans for dinner one night, I will write that on the Weekly Meal Plan.

Monthly Meal Plan:

If you would rather plan your meals monthly, there is also a Monthly Meal Planning calendar included. Use whichever one suits your family best.

Grocery List:

The Grocery List form is divided by categories. Again, I like to keep at least a couple of these in my binder for upcoming weeks. Throughout the week, as I notice that we need something, I can just write it on the list in my binder.

Inventories:

Also included in this section are Pantry, Freezer, and Refrigerator Inventories. You can use these to keep track of items you have on hand.

Recipes to Try:

As you come across recipes on the Internet, in cookbooks, or in a magazine, jot them down along with where to find the recipe when you are ready to make it. You can review the recipe, as well, on this page (and decide if it passes the test to make it onto the Master Meal List).

CLEANING

This section keeps your house cleaning on track! When I used to work full time, we spent ALL day Saturday cleaning the house. If we decided to do something fun instead, the idea of a messy, dirty house was always hanging over my head. Because of this, I created a “Weekly Cleaning Schedule”. I basically took all the rooms in our house and divided them up over the course of a week. It is much more manageable for me to do a little bit at a time. Now that I am a stay at home mom, the same is true. My cleaning schedule can easily be accomplished during naptime or in the morning before the kids wake up.

Weekly Cleaning Schedule:

You can use my Weekly Cleaning Schedule or the blank one that only has the “Daily 5” listed. Either way, there are blank lines on each so you can customize it to what works for your household. Refer to the “This Week” section of these instructions to read about the Daily 5.

Cleaning Checklist:

Put this in your binder behind your Weekly Cleaning Schedule. This is basically just a checklist of what needs to be done in each room during the week. Use it in conjunction with the Weekly Cleaning Schedule. There are blank lines if you need to add tasks to the checklist.

Deep Cleaning Checklist:

This is a list of chores that can be done monthly. Work them into your cleaning schedule every now and then and check them off each month as they are done. There is also a semi-annual list of tasks to complete twice a year. Just check them off every 6 months after they are completed.

FINANCES

Spending Record:

This form is for you to keep track of expenses.

Bill Contact Information:

This makes bill paying easy and is especially handy if you need to contact a creditor. On this form, you can list the company name & address, your account number, the contact number, as well the website and your username and password for the site. PRINT AS MANY OF THESE PAGES AS YOU NEED.

Bill Calendar:

This form helps you keep track of your monthly bills. Write the date the bill is due each month (ideally in order from earliest bill due to latest), the name of the bill/company, and then either check it off each month after you pay it, or write in the amount you paid into the little box.
In this section, you will also want to include slash pockets or clear sheet protectors to hold receipts, checkbooks, bills that need to be paid, and more. Personally, I have one pocket for upcoming bills to be paid, and one to hold receipts (this is especially helpful when you need to make a return… you know exactly where to find the receipt).

FAMILY INFORMATION

Medical Information:

Print off one form for each member of your family. These pages are helpful when you need to contact the insurance company, when you are filling out school forms, and when you need medical information about a family member.

Babysitter Information:

This form can be placed in your binder and simply pulled out when you have a sitter at your house. You can fill out most of the information, put it in a clear sheet protector, and then use a dry erase marker to write where you will be and what time you will be home OR you can print a new one each time you have a sitter.

Emergency Information:

This form is also helpful when you have a babysitter.

Vehicle Information:

Print one form for each vehicle in your household. Use these to keep track of vehicle information and maintenance.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Names & Addresses:

Print as many forms as you need. This is a useful page for your most frequently used addresses.

Phone Numbers:

Use this form to record frequently used phone numbers.

Usernames and passwords:

If you are like me, you have created usernames and passwords for so many websites that have different requirements. Was it my 6 digit password with one capital letter and one number or was it my “usual” password? It’s too much to keep track of. With this form, you can have all that information in one place, ready when you need it.

Take-Out:

Record take out restaurant contact information page on this form. You can put a slash pocket behind this page to hold menus and coupons.
A good tip for the Contact Information section of your binder is to include some baseball card dividers to hold business cards and punch cards from various places.

PROJECTS AND PLANNING

Home Projects:

Simply jot down projects you would like to do around your house. There is plenty of space for notes, sources of inspiration, etc. It is also helpful to put a slash pocket in behind this section for inspiration photos from magazines, cut lists from the Internet for DIY projects, receipts from various projects, and more.

Gift Ideas:

There are two versions of this form. The first is detailed with clothing and shoe size. The next is just a running list and also includes where to buy. Personally, I use both in my binder. I use the more detailed one for my kids and then keep the other list for other family members.

NOTES

Notes:

We have included a lined Notes page. Print as many of these as you would like for your binder. There is always a time when you need to jot something down and then move it to the appropriate spot in your binder later. This is the perfect place to do that.
Add a pencil pouch to the front of your binder and fill it with pens, highlighters, post-it notes, etc.

Congrats!! You just took a HUGE step towards taking back control of your household.
Remember, this is YOUR binder. You know what your family needs. Make it your own. If a section doesn’t apply to you, don’t use it. If you want to put a notebook in the front of your binder for notes, do it! Move sections around… do what works for YOU!