Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Home Management Binder: Calendar & Contacts {Free Printables}

As I mentioned here we working on getting our house in shape, in more ways than one. For me, the most important item to cross of the list first is a new paper system. Over the past few months I have pinned a million different Home Management Binder ideas to reference at a later date. I love the idea of having everything at my fingertips, especially things I use daily/monthly. I handle all of the finances in our household and I am getting the Mr more involved so if anything every happened to me he wouldn't be a deer in headlights trying to figure out where to send our mortgage payment.

If you haven't created a Home Management Binder, or if you have one that needs a little updating, I would suggest just typing 'Home Management Binder' in Google and a ton of results will pop up. Even though I found a lot of great printable worksheets, some free some not, I decided to create my own for several reasons. (1) We don't have kids - it's just us and the dogs - so a lot of the printable forms I found listed things we didn't need like school information, chores, etc and (2) I am OCD and like my forms to match. I've made all of the forms I created available to you lovely readers (if anyone is out there!) for FREE! I love that word :)

To get started I shopped my house to get the supplies I needed:


(1) Three Ring Binder
(1) Pencil Pouch
(5) Divider's
(1) Three Hole Punch
(and of course printer paper and ink if you print off forms)

I think these are pretty standard in most households, if not, you can purchase them for cheap at Wal-Mart. I didn't have a pencil pouch so I went to Wal-Mart and spent $0.74 on the clear one above - gotta love back to school season!

I used Microsoft Word to create all of my forms. I needed a cover for my binder so I created one with free clip art and free fonts that I downloaded awhile back. I am uploading print screen pictures of the forms I created to make it easier. Once the entire Binder is finished I will upload pictures of my actual binder!

To download a free printable version of this form click here!!

I love the blue, yellow and gray! Besides them being my favorite colors, they are very easy on the eyes!

The first section I decided to tackle was the section that came to me the easiest, calendar and contacts. I debated on the calendar, to add dates or not. I decided not. I wanted something I could fill in ever month and use next year since there are only five months left in 2012 (isn't that crazy!).  For some reason the image below is showing a line below the word month, but it's not there when you download it.

To download a free printable version of this form click here!

Since the Mr has a huge family, did I mention we have 13 nieces and nephews, it is extremely easy to forget a birthday or anniversary. So we desperately needed a one stop shop to see all these important dates. Since these dates will never change, it will be a reference sheet that I think will come in handy.

To download a free printable version of this form click here!

To download a free printable version of this form click here!
Lastly for this section, I created a basic contact log for all of our friends and family. I think this will make it easy when I put together our holiday mailing list - for some reason I can never find our address book! 

To download a free printable version of this form click here!
The great thing about the dividers I bought is that they all have pockets, I plan on keeping blank birthday and anniversary cards in the front pocket of this section so we are always prepared. I am thinking about adding a gift list in this section, but I didn't feel that was necessary right this minute. If I add it in the future I will be sure to let you know!

If you want to follow along and create a Home Management Binder feel free to download all of the forms above {for free!!!}. If you do use the printables and/or post them on your blog I just ask that you leave me a comment below and link back to me! I am currently working on the cleaning section and the menu planning section. I plan to post the second section on Friday, so I hope you come back to check it out!


*Sharing with A Thoughtful Place's Keep Calm and Organize On Link Party!

Do you currently use a Home Management Binder? If you do, what are you favorite sections that you find yourself using over and over? 

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9 comments:

  1. HI Dawn! Love the binder idea! YOu should link it up to A Thoughtful Place right now...she is doing a organization linky...let me know if you need any help!

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    1. Hi Nicky! Thanks so much for telling me about A Thoughtful Place, I just linked up!! I couldn't figure out how to get her button, so I just added a text link. :)

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  2. Dawn! This is amazing. Oh my goodness. I have a Home binder but lack so many of these printables. Thank you so much for linking up to the party. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you are able to print them off and add them to your binder. If you have any problems printing any of them please let me know. I hope you check back to see the follow up section of the binder! I had a great weekend, I hope you did as well.

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  3. I stumbled across your website when I Googled home management binder...and thank goodness I did! These printables are fantastic and already all over my binder! Thank you so much!

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    1. Brianna thank you for stopping by! I hope you were able to access/print all of the printables you needed! Hope you stop by again! :)

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  4. Thank you so much for these! I have been inspired to start a binder for our family and I so appreciate you offering these free printables. They are beautiful and I will definitely be using them! :)

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you have been able to access/print them and that they work out for you! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thank you so much for a great article; it's that time of year again where I make my next years budget binder, and I have to say I have love your site so much, and will be using a lot of your freebies. Once again thanks.

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