**UPDATE** A wonderful blog, IHeart Organizing, featured a special challenge to put together a Home Binder. She has some lovely free printables (for a limited time). I've added the finances log and blog ideas charts to my binder. She also has freezer inventory, children's schedules, auto log and more! Check it out!
I decided to make a Home Organizer binder as a gift for a friend's baby shower. (I also made one for myself, of course!)
The Home Organizer is a DIY project I found over at the Executive Homemaker Blog. They have so many creative projects, ideas, and free printables. The binder comes with several different printables, all available via PDF from Executive Homemakers.
Printables include things like Important phone numbers, To-Do lists, Babysitter Info, Calendars, etc.
(Image from Executive Homemaker)
(Image from Executive Homemaker)We don't have a Hobby Lobby or Michael's in Grants, so I purchased all of my materials from our local Wal-Mart. I already had paper, ink, and labels, so my binder cost about $14.00.
Here's what I used for mine:
- 3-ring binder - $4.00
- Sticky scrapbook letters - $4.00
- Binder tabs - $3.00
- Return address labels for the tabs (or any small label maker would work)
- Paper/ink/desktop printer
- Monthly calendar or sticky notes of your choice - $3.00
I decided to use a simple, pre-designed, 3-ring binder from Wal-Mart. If you have more time and resources, you could make your own fancy binder out of a plain one and some craft paper, contact paper, or fabric to decorate. The cover is totally up to you! I used a colorful binder and added my own sticky letters.
Then I printed return address labels with the headers for each tab. I put the labels on the tab and put into the binder. You can customize your binder to include whatever categories you prefer.
The categories I used were: Phone Numbers, Babysitter, Errands, Goals/To Do lists, Birthdays/Anniversaries. Then I just printed copies of the printables from Executive Homemakers.
I also bought a little Monthly Refrigerator calendar and stuck it in the front pocket of the binder.
This was a really easy and fun DIY project. For more organization ideas and fun freebies, check out the Executive Homemaker Blog and Tip Junkie.