I have had this project on the back burner for the past few months and I finally got around to completing it this week. The ‘Home Management Folder’ is meant to be a one-stop resource for the running of your household and I loved the idea of having all of my planners and checklists in one place.
The concept of the ‘Home Management Folder’ is very in vogue in the blogosphere right now and there are lots of free printables available to download. I started out by deciding on the categories I wanted to include in my folder:
- Important Information
- Useful Information
I then made a trip to Kikki K to buy all of the equipment I needed to create my Home Management Folder…
This section contains monthly calendar printables and I could not resist the gorgeous chevron design by The Organised Housewife. I use these printables to record appointments, social events and holidays. I also try to plan which projects and blogs I will work on in a given month using the Kikki K A4 Monthly Planner.
I downloaded this lovely Birthday and Anniversary Reminder from Pinch A Little Save A Lot so that I can quickly see what cards and gifts I need to buy each month.
This section contains the following information:
- Weekly Meal Planners – I have the Kikki K 7 Day Meal Planner Pad which I use to plan Sebastian’s meals for the week. I also use the A5 Dinner Planner & Shopping List to organise meals for me and Mr G.
- Freezer Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot) – a great way to keep track of the contents of our freezer and very useful when planning meals for the week.
- Pantry Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot)
- Recipe References (iheart organizing) – this means that I can quickly locate recipes from my cookbooks.
- Recipes To Try (Life Your Way) – I am always ripping out recipes from magazines and this is a neat way of recording all of the recipes that I want to try. I have one tracker for adult meals and another one for child-friendly recipes.
I purchased The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist which has a comprehensive list of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual cleaning tasks. I then used this as the basis for compiling my own checklist with a gorgeous free printable from Pinch A Little Save A Lot. I have separate checklists for Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms & Lounge and General & Admin.
I also have the Kikki K Weekly Chore Pad which I use to plan cleaning tasks for the month ahead.
This section contains a summary of our bank account details. I also prepare a monthly budget using this printable from Frugal Living.
A very comprehensive selection of printables for a Home Management Notebook can be found at Life Your Way and I have included the Online Passwords printable in this section of my folder.
This section contains the following printables:
- Projects to Complete (The Organised Housewife)
- Photo Tracker (The Organised Housewife) – this is a great tool for keeping track of which photos have been printed and inserted into albums.
- Book Wish List (Life Your Way) – a place to jot down books that I want to read. I also have a separate wish list for childrens’ books that come highly recommended.
Blog Ideas (iheart organizing) – this is a gorgeous printable that allows me to record all of my blog ideas in a very stylish way! I am always overflowing with ideas for future blogs and so I wanted a place where I could note them all down.
So far all I have in this section is a Moving Checklist (Life Your Way) but I plan to include useful contact details and correspondence.
I have really enjoyed setting up my Home Management Folder and cannot wait to start using it. Of course Mr G just thinks I am a fanatical planner (and there may be some truth to that!) and he cannot understand my propensity to write lists for everything. But the fact is that writing lists keeps me sane and now I have a neat and practical tool for organising my life!