I know there have been a few Household Management binders on the web and Pinterest lately. But I wanted to share mine so you had one more option to consider.
UPDATE: Many of you have emailed me asking for the printables for the binder. I have shared them on a separate post you can find here: Household Management Binder Free Printables. I hope that helps!
I use a 3 ring pencil holder pouch to hold extra envelopes and stamps in the front of my binder.
The last informational sheet that I have in the front of my Household Management binder is a budget tracker. I keep a lit of all the bills that I have each month, such as our electricity, gas, hulu, and student loans. This way, I can see how the bills flex each month.
Each month is divided by 1-12 tab dividers. I have a envelope in the front to hold all the important receipts for each month.
Following that is a monthly calendar with all the bills written by date and amount due. When the bill comes in the mail, I write out the amount on the due date. Since my husband gets paid bi-monthly, this way I can see at a glance which bills need to be paid with each paycheck.
Then the bill is placed behind the calendar. When I've paid it, I write out the confirmation number, the date, and how much I paid on the bill. I've had companies claim they haven't gotten my payments before, so I always keep these numbers handy.
The last form that I keep in each monthly section is a dinner menu. I plan out 30 days of meals and then use that to go shopping. I try to keep in mind the different activities that happen each month, such as Youth Activities on Tuesday nights. I don't have much time to come home and cook dinner after work before they need to head off, so I try and do crock pot meals on Tuesdays. But I don't plan specific meals for certain days. When we eat a meal from the calendar, I cross it off so I know not to choose that one again.
This household management binder has been a lifesaver for me. It helps me to keep all my bills on track and paid on time. More importantly, it gives me a place to put them so I don't lose the bills when I come in from work and set them down.
How do you keep on track? Do you use a binder system? Or something else?