Over the years, as my kids grew, it got so overwhelming that I had to start writing down all the tasks and activities to help me manage their schedules and mine. My home management binder was a lifesaver for such a busy family. The ups and downs of having a husband traveling quite a bit made me afraid that I would forget something. I made this home management binder to help me remember all of it. This plan evolved over many years, and I have shared it with many of my client-parents.
- What is Home Management?
- Benefits of Making a Home Management Plan Binder
- What does this FREE Home Management Plan printable ebook have that others do not?
- Cleaning and Chores Section:
- Personal Family Information Section:
- Meal Planning Section:
- House Maintenance Section:
- Financial Section:
- Does this home management binder have to be physical, or can it be a digital binder?
- Who does this Home Management Binder help?
- Do I need to fill out all these Home Management Plan Binder Sections?
- Why should I download this ebook right now?
I'm here to help you create your own organized home management plan at the very beginning so that when your children's schedules get more hectic, you will be ready to deal with EVERYTHING. This home management plan was stored in a binder and easily accessible by every home member. It would be the place where we would go to find resources and contact information for everything.
Some of my home management binder sections included cleaning the house, doing chores for the children, planning my spring cleaning, and helping kids be more independent with their checklists and to-do lists. It also included personal information like kids' sizes, doctors' names and numbers, vet information, pet schedules, babysitter information, emergency contact reference, and food intolerances.
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What is Home Management?
Home management can be described in different ways. An older term could be home economics, which would include various life management tasks and domestic things that are finished weekly, monthly, yearly, or every so often.
Another word associated with home management is husbandry which involves budgeting and housekeeping.
I define it here as a reference guide that helps manage and plan cleaning, personal family information, food intolerance meal planning, house maintenance and repairs, emergency planning, and financial organizing.
Benefits of Making a Home Management Plan Binder
There are four benefits to making this home management plan binder for your family.
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Makes Planning Ahead Easier:
Making this binder and going through these schedules with kids' activities helped keep my family's schedule more organized and allowed me to overlap certain events to save time. For example, when my daughter had dance class, I could pick up a few things at the grocery store nearby. Or, I could plan to write a blog post if I did not finish it earlier in the day.
Minimizing the Need to Clean Over The Weekend:
In the cleaning section, I share my favorite cleaning tasks daily so I wouldn't have to clean by the weekend! Yay!
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It Reminded Me of Tasks I did not often do:
The house maintenance section shares checklists of things that I would only do periodically. If I did not do it often, it would slip my mind. Things like Spring cleaning tasks and cleaning the grill reminders are all in this section. Making checklists for these tasks helped a great deal.
Peace of Mind Emergency Plan for the Family:
Also, in the house maintenance section, there is an emergency plan you can fill out and include in your binder. This section helped me immensely when 9/11 happened, and I was nervous about what to do with two small kids and my husband traveling. This section included emergency planning questions and how to create an emergency bag content list. It also consists of an emergency food kit that shares all the items you should have available in a bin if you have an outage or have to leave your home.
What does this FREE Home Management Plan printable ebook have that others do not?
While researching this topic, I found that some home management plan books did not include all the helpful sections for my family and me. So, when I made this ebook, I added things like meal planning, an entertaining checklist, a shopping list, a babysitter, and petsitter information lists.
I separated this ebook into the following sections. Each section has checklists and printables you can review and print out to make your own home management binder.
Cleaning and Chores Section:
The cleaning section includes the following:
- Examples of Chores by age, Parent Planning Chore Sheet, Family Chore sheet, and Kids' Daily Task checklist.
- Parent's Daily Cleaning Examples and Daily Cleaning checklist.
- Spring cleaning checklist.
- Laundry checklist for teens and parents.
- Tidying up tips and where /when to do it.
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Personal Family Information Section:
This section includes the following:
- Kids sizes by person.
- Doctor names and phone numbers.
- Veterinarian name and phone number.
- Pet daily schedule and snacks and food preferred list.
- Kids' schedule of activities and times.
- Babysitter information and emergency contact.
- Food intolerances info for a babysitter.
Meal Planning Section:
The meal planning section includes the following:
- Weekly meal planning sheet.
- Dinner Theme Ideas
- Favorite go-to recipes.
- Entertaining Checklist
- Entertaining Shopping List
House Maintenance Section:
The home maintenance section is the largest of the sections:
- Things to do when daylight savings time ends/begins
- Things to Do: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly.
- Winterizing the home checklist.
- Grilling season checklist.
- In case of emergency scenarios.
- Emergency Plan.
- Emergency Bag Content and checklist.
- Emergency Food Kit List of items.
- Tech instructions.
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The financial section includes a variety of things that relate to money.
- Bill Pay Checklist - list all your bills and due dates on one sheet.
- Write expenses in one place and find out what needs to be reduced.
- Create a personal budget to control expenses.
- Gift list and budget form.
- Received Gift Cards Tracker form.
- Cash Donation Tracker.
Visit our recent posts on how to use this budget planner and money tracking/bill pay checklists in this section:
HOW TO TRACK YOUR EXPENSES AND CREATE A BUDGET - PART 1
HOW TO TRACK YOUR MONEY AND CREATE A BUDGET - PART 2
Does this home management binder have to be physical, or can it be a digital binder?
This binder can be either physical or digital. In the ebook, I explain how to make it digital for you and your family.
Who does this Home Management Binder help?
While I included things for parents with children, I know not everyone has kids. Ninety percent of this ebook is for anyone with personal information they want to manage better. People who live in a home or apartment need upkeep regularly. And for people who want to manage their money more consciously and save more.
Do I need to fill out all these Home Management Plan Binder Sections?
Not all the pages may apply to you and your family. If you print them out, pick and choose the checklists that work for you and add them to a binder. You may want to use the emergency plan section, the meal planning and entertainment printable, personal information, and the financial planning sections.
Why should I download this ebook right now?
If you feel anxious about all the tasks you need to do and just want to get out of the rat race of jumping from one thing to another, this book is for you. Empowering yourself to take this task on will ease your mind and help you handle it all. Remember, no one can always keep all their tasks in their mind. This book will be an extension of your brain that holds all the other things you need to remember.
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Sabrina! This is fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I will be using this as a guide to develop my own Family Management Binder. Thank you
I'm glad it inspired you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. =)
My sister did something similar. She made a book with all the instructions for the things she did around the house. Her husband made a similar book with all instructions for things he took care of. When he passed away she had something to help her manage everything. The book you have made is wonderful. Congratulations.
Thanks, Julie. It is beneficial for couples to create this book when they split up chores. We also have an automated scenarios version in an "If this happens, then do this...." format.
What a brilliant resource. And while I'm sure it can be digital, I'd probably encourage my clients to have a tangible copy (at least at first) so that they could more easily show all the members of their family (including kids) how it all comes together.
It is so incredibly generous of you to offer this for free, but I bet with some additional context and some narrative material, you (and the wider Amazon-using world) could benefit from turning this into a paid resource. Great job!
Thanks. You are so nice.
Life management can be overwhelming. I love how you created the Home Management Binder from your personal experience. And how wonderful you are offering it for free. That's generous of you.
I'm guessing that filling it out could feel overwhelming. However, if you approach it one section or page at a time, eventually, it will be done. I'm guessing you didn't design it in one sitting, but that it took time to figure out what you needed. Over how long of a time period did you create all of the pages that you used for your own family?
For me, the sections and pages evolved over time. The areas were completed and revisited as needed for my family.
What a terrific resource for families! So great of you to offer this free of charge. Having all of your information stored in an organized way definitely makes you feel more in control and able to face the challenges of the day!
Thanks, Seana. It is a passion of mine to make it easier for home managers to have everything in one place.
Diane N Quintana
This is a wonderful resource, Sabrina. Everyone needs to have a binder such as this - whether the information is stored digitally or hardcopy. The benefit of having some of it hardcopy (for me) is that it's easier (more intuitive) for me to pull out a physical thing and look up the information I seek. For digital natives, it may be easier to search on a phone, tablet, or computer. I also love the way you sectioned the information so someone can just download (or print) the checklists they want.
Thanks, Diane, This binder helped me so much when dealing with small children and household/work tasks.