Friday, November 30, 2012

home management binder {makeover part 4}

The next section of my home management binder is the home maintenance section. This is probably the second most often used section, after calendar and planning. 

The home maintenance section contains my annual home maintenance checklist and also my cleaning schedules. We live in an apartment now, so the maintenance checklist doesn't really apply...but I assume I will not be living in an apartment for the rest of my life. However it is kind of nice to have them knock on your door and say "Hi, I'm here to change your air filter" or my disposal isn't working--come fix it please...and the snow removal...and the cheap utilities.... maybe apartments aren't sounding so bad after all.

This is the cleaning checklist that I shared as a freebie a while ago. {head over to that post to grab it} I made this one after we moved into the apartment, I needed a way to keep track, hold myself accountable, and have some kind of logical plan so I wasn't cleaning the bathtub every other day and never remembering when the last time I washed the windows or sheets was....

Here's what mine looks like:
I have a few other cleaning lists in this section as well. I got these from other blogs, these were not something I created.  These came from clean mama.

I just keep them inside page protectors that can be marked on with a wet or dry erase marker, then easily cleared for the next month/year. I really like the deep cleaning checklist I really like both of these checklists. The deep cleaning is good because they are tasks that you aren't doing everyday and by tracking them you know what has been done recently  and what needs to be done. It's a great way to keep yourself on track for a clean house. The quick cleaning is a great way to keep yourself on track for the week or month. Pick a different thing each time and then start over once the column is filled and you should never end up with a huge task ahead of you. This list would go great when used with a timer too....just set your timer for 15, 30 or 60 and keep moving down the list until your timer goes off. easy peasy. and you all know that crossing things off a list feels great. clean house, completed list = double win.
Don't have your own cleaning system in place? Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration, tips, and tricks.

Monday, November 26, 2012


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home management binder {makeover part 3}

The next section to be redone is Contacts. Remember my new divider covers from a year of many firsts. With this addition, I'm already off to a good start.

This was another easy section to do. It was as simple as transferring from the old sheets to the new ones. I had really under utilized my old sheets, so I did add a few contacts this time. I figured with the holidays coming soon, and the sending of Christmas cards, it was a good time to get all the family's addresses down in one place.

And these are my current contact pages:

yes, it's blurry on was easier to blur the whole photo rather than adding a million stickers to cover up peoples' information. I just wanted to get the point across that the page was fully and in theory it looks pretty :)

This section also contains other important household information. My un-redone binder just had a blank sheet in this place, since I didn't really feel like I had much to fill in. So this time I tried to do a little better and figure out the things that I could fill in. So here's the before and after:

I picked a page where I only had a few things to cover up...seemed more logical.

So that's all that is in my contact information section. During softball season this might be a good place to keep my roster with phone numbers for players and parents. Also, teachers could keep a copy of their students' contact info. There are several other things that could fit into the "contact information" section, I just don't have anything else that needs to go in there at this time.

Stay tuned for the next section :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012


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Monday, November 19, 2012

home management binder {makeover-part 2}

Today I am beginning reassembly of my madeover binder. I am starting to swap out sheets and add my new things.
Apparently at some point I switched my binders, I seriously don't remember when or why I did that. But this is my actual home management binder- binder. I didn't go buy a new one...I just swapped them out, I think.

Remember I made new divider cover pages for each section, with a template courtesy of a year of many firsts. Aren't they glorious??

First thing, I added my new section dividers and cover page, now then I open my binder, this is what I see:

It's adorable and I love it! I am in love with the florish designs lately.

The first section following my title page is calendar and planning. For my trial run binder,  I snagged a few more printables from Iheart organizing and got my monthly calendars from anything but perfect. {See my original calendar section post here}


 Right now I have my "workout" calendar in the front folder of the divider. I need to be able to access it easily everyday, so I didn't want to put it into a page protector. Plus I need to be able to add stickers to it. Yep, stickers, we can all use a little visual reinforcement. And here is what the front pocket currently looks like: 

 Everything else in my calendar and planning section comes behind the divider. So to start my change over process, I sat down with all the necessary supplies.

Spare Page Protectors 
Papermate Flair Markers 
(or your favorite writing utensil)
A stocked full DVR
Coffee/Tea/ or whatever beverage you prefer 
New hmb pages
Current Home management binder

Monthly Calendar
First up is the monthly calendars. Logically the current month would be on top, but I like to keep them in order of the year. I just mark the current calendar with a paperclip.

I made a generic monthly calendar with my home management binder documents, so it is coordinated of course. But I think I might still continue to use the monthly calendars from anything but perfect if she continues to offer them for free on her blog next year. They are just so cute and cheery. 

  Here's my current monthly calendar:

Important dates

This is a category that simply carried over from my original home management binder. I just transferred my information to my new form. easy peasy. I also keep my birthdays, anniversaries, etc. in the front my my planner {my life planner}. I like to have them in both places. You never know when you may need that information. There wasn't really cool changes here but a before and after is always nice. My mommy always makes me a nice hanging wall calendar every year for Christmas that contains ALLLLLL of the family birthdays, anniversaries, and any other important dates- so I can always cross check my important dates list with calendar she makes for me. Its always filled with family photos from the previous year(s)- its so nice to have. I recommend them to everyone. (not to mention that we happen to make and sell them in our etsy shop) {sorry for the self promotion- but they are a great family calendar}


To Do Lists
I am a list maker. I need to go to AA for list makers. Hi, my name is Shannon and I make more lists than any normal person should. Seriously, I should start it. I have FOUR different types of to do lists in this section. I mean seriously, that's a bit excessive. I also have a perpetual to do list that I made for myself that is not in the home management binder documents. Not sure why I don't add it? 
Here are a few of my lists in action--

seriously, do you see the need for an intervention here?

My *new and improved* calendar section will now contain these documents 

and for you a freebie to help you with your own home management binder creation or update:

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