How to use a UniKeep Home Management Binder
We all appreciate a well-run household. It’s a great feeling when the bills are paid, the house is cleaned, the pantry and freezer are stocked and our “to do” lists are in order.
But sometimes we have an “off day” which extends into an “off week.” And before you know it our organized life has slipped away.
How can we keep on top of our shopping lists, bills and home updates and renovations?
Keeping a home management binder is a step in the right direction.
Selecting a binder
Choosing the right binder is a little more involved than you may think. There are so many binders, with so many features, styles and sizes, it’s hard to know what will work best for your project.
Here are four questions to ask when you're selecting a binder:
1. What binder system do you prefer?
Most people think that the only type of binder is a vinyl one with three metal rings. It’s true that metal rings do offer some customization in shape and size. And vinyl binders come in many colors. However, they may not be your best choice for a home management binder.
- A polypropylene (poly) case-enclosed binder with poly rings is 100% recyclable. And your important receipts, contracts, health documents and emergency information won’t fall out, because this binder snaps closed.
There are also home management binders that come in a kit that includes pre-printed pages for lists, charts, phone numbers, etc. These often include other accessories like tabbed page dividers and pocketed divider pages.
If a preassembled kit isn’t your thing, think about assembling your own binder from scratch. Purchase the style binder you like and add accessories as you go along.
2. What type of rings should you select?
Rings are an important consideration for a binder because some are easier to open and close than others. And if your binder is a pain to open, then odds are you won’t use it.
Polypropylene (poly) D-rings are a great option for a home binder because they open with a snap of the finger. Plus, they won’t pinch or rust.
Durable Poly Rings:
Snap securely through thousands of uses without pinching, crimping or rusting.
View Case Binders:
Allow for easy customization with full wrap overlay.
Fully enclosed case protects everything inside and stores neatly anywhere.
3. How will you make adjustments?
There’s nothing worse than trying to make adjustments to an overstuffed three-ring binder. If the binder has metal rings, the number of opens and closes you’ll need to add your papers and accessories will almost certainly end up in pinched fingers and frustration.
UniKeep’s poly rings are easy to open and close and they’re easy on your fingers. So adding tabbed divider pages, pocketed pages and perhaps a few specially-sized protective sleeves is easy and pain-free. Plus there's room for 260 - 280 pieces pieces of 20# paper.
4. What size binder will you need?
Maybe you need several smaller binders. Or perhaps a single larger binder with more protectors and page dividers better fits what you need to include.
Don't feel overwhelmed!
A home binder can function as “Command Central” for all your records, lists, updates and daily chores and tasks. It can function however you want it to, including:
- To keep important home information organized in one place.
- To help keep track of home maintenance tasks and other seasonal jobs.
- As a place to keep information other members of the family might need.
- As reference book for all the things that keep home and family life running smoothly.
This blog will show you two ways to assemble a household binder.
- Use a UniKeep Home Binder kit that comes complete with accessories and topic-specific content pages.
- Customize your own binder with a UniKeep case enclosed binder and accessories, pages and packets.
We'll also provide ideas on what to include in a binder and how to make it work for you.
Method 1: Use a UniKeep Home Management Binder
The last thing you want to be doing during one of life’s more stressful moments is searching for important information. When you’re looking for critical information for emergencies, budgets, taxes, moving day or household maintenance, it’s great to be able to go to a central place for just the thing you need.
A binder that snaps closed!
A binder should provide a safe and secure location for all your home management and emergency information. A binder that comes with content pages and accessories is a great way to calm the chaos of home life and management.
The UniKeep collection of home management binder kits are 1 ½" case binders that snap closed so your documents won’t get damaged or lost.
Check out the UniKeep Home Binder collection at https://www.unikeep.com/home-binder-kits/
The UniKeep collection of home management binder kits are 1 ½" inch, case binders that snap closed so your documents won’t get damaged or lost.
- Special content pages are themed toward the binder subject: pre-printed sheets for important phone numbers and information; schedules for home maintenance, etc.
- UniKeep’s completely enclosed, case style binders include tabbed divider pages and pockets that you can use to create exactly the binder you want.
- Durable poly rings last for thousands of uses and won’t pinch, crimp or rust.
Accessories are included!
UniKeep home management binder kits come ready with content and accessory pages so you can start creating your binder kit the moment it arrives.
Each Kit includes:
- 10 home organizing content pages - monthly budget, contact lists, school information and more.
- Also includes 1 pack of 5 tabbed dividers, 1 pack of 5 divider pockets, 10 page protectors, 5 photo pages
Method 2: Design your own Household Binder
It’s easy to put your own home binder system together with UniKeep.
- Select a case binder size.
- Select accessories – page dividers, pocketed pages and tabbed pages.
- Design your own cover and slip it into the clear polypropylene overlay.
What to include in your home management binder.
It’s easier than you think to create a binder that reflects your lifestyle! Use this list as a starting point for brainstorming about what you want to include in a UniKeep binder.
- Calendars (your family calendar, sports schedules, school calendars)
- Christmas Planning (gift lists, traditions, activities, recipes, to-do lists)
- Chores (daily, weekly and monthly chores, chore charts for the kids)
- Contacts/Phone Lists (your address book, team phone lists, church directories)
- Daily to-do lists
- Schedules and routines
- Weekly or monthly menu plan (favorite recipes, pantry and freezer inventories)
- Shopping (lists for each store, list of coupons in your stash)
- Emergency Information (emergency contacts, basic medical information)
- Finances (budget, financial goals, account information, passwords)
- Homeschool or School Records (records for each child, curriculum, upcoming events)
- Inspiration (inspirational quotes, articles, etc.)
More ideas for binder contents
House Maintenance Binder
- “To Buy” list
- Household decorating information by room (plans, paint, wallpaper, carpet, etc. - and where purchased)
- Home inventory list (in case of theft)
- Supplier’s details (gas, water, electricity, Internet, etc.)
- List of recommended or previously used tradespeople
- Tech info – providers, services, contracts
- What to do/who to call in case of a home emergency
Household Budget/Finances Binder
- Debt tracking list
- Savings tracking list
- Gift budget
- Spending tracking list
- A list of what’s included in your wallet or purse (in case they’re stolen or lost)
A few things to keep in mind
It’s easy to get intimidated when you’re faced with putting together your first home organization binder. Don’t be afraid to start out very simply. If your main goal is to start a bill paying organization system, then use the binder only for that.
Your home management binder should only contain only the things you think are important and can use easily. It should be specific to you and things you want to organize and improve in your life. If you include too much, it will just become unwieldy mess that you won’t use.
Getting accustomed to a using a home binder takes some time. It’s ok to start out small, and then build the binder over time. Let it grow and change as your life does.
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