Today I am sharing with you two more sections of my home management binder. These sections are completely optional, but are perfect for those of you that entertain frequently and/or have a lot of projects to keep track of on your list.
So far, we have talked about setting up your binder, planning and contacts, and children and family. You can click on any of those links to find out more detail about each section. Today, we are going to talk about ‘Events’ and ‘Projects’.
First up, let’s talk about the ‘Events’ tab. (I actually have mine labeled ‘Events/Holidays’ in my binder as these are all very similar in nature.)
So what do I include in the section? Pretty much anything related to any major event, party, holiday, etc. that we host in our home.
The first sheet in this section is my party planning printable
schedule. I keep in in a plastic sheet projector so I can re-use it for each party. About two months before the kid’s birthdays I sit down and write down the actual dates that the items need to be completed. As I get each task done, I put a check mark next to the item.
Then, for each party I print out the rest of the pages and fill them in as I have the information. This is great because I am able to keep all the information in one place and stay on track for all of my planning.
I will also hand write a list of what we are doing for Thanksgiving or Christmas on a sheet of lined paper. I include menus, shopping lists, etc. I keep these in my binder because they can be great inspiration for the next year. Also, I can write notes about what worked well and what did not so the next holiday runs more smoothly. I also keep track of holiday cards that are sent out and Christmas gifts.
The next section I am going to talk about is the ‘projects’ tab.
We are homeowners and there are always projects to be done.
For instance, in the next month or so we are going to be working on finishing up our kitchen renovations – tiled countertops, new sink and faucet! This is basically my brain dump for any and everything we need to do on the house. I filled out a project planning worksheet from the Home Depot that you can print out and estimate what you will need to re-do our counters.
I also have a sheet of lined paper for each room of the house. As I think of things that need to be done (that won’t be done that week) I write them down here. This is a “if time and money were no object” kind of list. It is as much a wish list as it is a workable to-do list. As items are finished I cross them off this list.
We have a raised garden bed and each year I draw a rough plan of what we planted and where. I keep these in the binder so I can rotate where the plants are each year. (This helps to keep from depleting the soil of certain nutrients from having the same thing planted in the same location each year.)
I also have price lists from our local garden center and pamphlets I have picked up about local gardening. Pretty much any project that needs to be done around the house, if it has paperwork for it, it goes here!
I hope this gives you some inspiration on what to include in your binder in these sections. Do you have a specific place where you keep all this kind of paperwork?