Home Management Binder

January 30, 2011

We all wish we could run a smooth household, but sometimes life catches up to us and things slip away. We then begin accumilating “pile-ups”…  The laundry begins to pile-up, the bills start piling up, the dishes, the trash, the schedule, and the list goes on and on. Until finally we begin to crumble and fall & give up on what it was we started in the first place!

My weekly challenges are created for you to keep on top of things & to prevent those pile-ups from happening in the first place. Today I will be challenging all of you to create a Home Management Binder.  I have been using one for about 2 years (and love it)… BUT created a new one just for this challenge.  “New” seems so refreshing. I suggest that if you have a binder, re-create a new one with us!  

Link up to the challenge today.  Enjoy taking your time this week “creating” your binder.  Personalize it & make it functional to YOU. Print out some printables & add them to it. Blog about your new binder, share lots of pictures, and visit others who have linked up with you! WE WILL BE ADDING THINGS TO THE BINDER AS THE CHALLENGE EVOLVES. I have shared what printables I use… you do not have to use the same ones.. I linked up to where I found them for your convenience, if you choose to use them.

Good luck!  I can’t wait to see what you have created.

What you will need to complete this challenge…

Hole Puncher
Pencil pouch
A good cup of coffee or herbal tea
Some relaxing music!


Now that you have collected all of your supplies, you’re ready to create your Home Management Binder.

The categories that apply to my household are:

Menu Planning
To Do

“Calendar” is my first tab… I use this free printable for my “week at a glance” because I fell in love with the blue scalloped edges. I fill this out every Sunday evening.

The free printable in the above picture was found at www.mommytracked.com

My blank monthly pages are printed from Clean Mama’s Etsy shop.
Becky, aka Clean Mama, is one of my good friends!

Next in my binder goes the the “SCHEDULES” tab.  This is where I place all of the kids schedules (dance, basketball, lunch menus, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, boy scouts, church, etc… and my schedules for work, bunko, book club, etc…) Its a never ending list.  I hole punch everything and throw it out when it no longer applies.

The next tab is “CLEANING”.  This is a fun one for me (cleaning is not necessarily fun, but the section in my binder is!). I printed out these cleaning printables and follow along with the cleaning schedule. Right now Becky has a “February Cleaning Schedule” coming up.

The next section is “MENU PLANNING”.  I will cover this section in more detail in an upcoming challenge.  Another great set of printables for this section is here.

More on the page below soon (and a fabulous giveaway)!

The next tab is “FINANCES”. I LOVE this section.  I use it D-A-I-L-Y.  Its my “financial brain” and without it I’d be lost.  I do all of my bill tracking & budgeting here. I’m a very STRICT budget gal & we are on the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace plan.  (More printables that I use.) I will also go into detail with this section: Finances, Budgeting & how to live on less, in a later challenge! In this section I also keep bill acct. numbers & phone numbers on a list. So if I have to make a phone call to a creditor, I don’t have to look the numbers up every time.

The next tab is “TO DO”… Pretty self explanatory and I use these printables.

Next tab… “SCHOOL”.  This section holds each childs abscence excuse forms, teacher welcome letters, phone numbers, school calendars, etc. Anything pertaining to “school” goes here. It’s been very convenient to have all of these papers in one place.

The “MEDICAL” tab is next.  All medical & health insurance information goes here. Phone numbers, copies of insurance cards, immunization records (copies) & physical records (copies) are kept here. I use these printables for this section.

“CONTACTS” is next… The list of contacts you should have in your binder are:

Local Businesses
Kids “friends” Parents
Gas, Electric, Water, Cable, Cell, Mortgage #’s

*I created a spread sheet in “word” and typed up all of the names & numbers.

The last tab that applies to me is “BLOGGING”!  Since I am a busy blogger, I have a blogging “schedule” that I go by.  I try to schedule my days well in advance so I know what I need to prepare for!

This is my Home Management Binder. I hope you all find this post useful & resourceful in creating your own binder.

What’s a good challenge without a giveaway? I thought it would be a great start to my new challenge, so my friend Becky is generously giving away a $50.00 gift  certificate to one lucky challenge participant. This way you can pick your own printables to add to your binder.  

More about Becky’s printables business

Clean Mama Printables is an Etsy shop started by work-at-home mom, Becky that keeps it “all” together with a cup of strong coffee and a checklist. She’s a former art teacher with a flair for graphic design.  After making her own personal printables for years, she decided to open up an Etsy shop last March to showcase a different type of printable. Her printables focus on home keeping, organizing and al things clean.  Buy them to organize your life and make things a little bit simpler (and prettier).

Becky has put together Kits to make everyday tasks a little more fun: The Busy Mama Homekeeping Kit (18 documents), is a complete kit to keep your homekeeping manageable and on-track. The Busy Mama Kit is designed in fun fonts and colors and is meant to be used month after month, year after year.  It has documents that every homekeeping binder needs – a variety of lists, perpetual calendars, a deep cleaning checklist, a medical information sheet, daily and weekly planner pages…
The Cleaning Kit (her bestseller), lists a combination of all the tasks that should be done in homes in an attractive, easy to use format that will work beautifully for you and your busy family. The lists are designed to be used together – one for rotating tasks to do year round and one for weekly tasks.
The Organized Kitchen Label Kit is 11 documents in an easy to use, print and label format – the ideas are endless. Get ready to label your entire kitchen – canisters, spice jars, dry storage containers – and with plenty blank labels, you can label other things in your home as well. You can print the labels on clear label sheets, vinyl, white sticker paper, colored paper, printed scrapbook paper……
The Everything Kit bundles 4 of her best-selling kits (31 documents) – The Busy Mama Kit, The Cleaning Kit, The Vertical Weekly Docket, The Meal Planning Kit, and the Christmas Planning Kit.  This kit is perfect for someone just getting a homekeeping notebook started.

One of Becky’s newest printables is The Resolution Kit. This kit helps you start the New Year off right and tackle your resolutions once and for all. The Resolution Kit bundles three separate kits together – The Cleaning Kit, The Bill Pay and Budget Kit and the Weight Loss and Fitness Kit. Try this attractive and simple method of tracking your bills and payments, cleaning and housekeeping and fitness to stay on track.

In addition to the printable kits, she also carries individual documents. All printables are in PDF file format so once your order is finalized, you can print the digital files as many times as you like for your own personal use. Becky can create a document just for you – she loves special orders, so if you have something in mind but don’t see it, just ask!

Here’s a list of all the printables in the Clean Mama Printables Etsy Shop:

February Cleaning Schedule
The Grocery Shopping Kit
The Everything Kit
The Resolution Kit
Busy Mama Kit
Pick 5 Kit (from the Busy Mama Kit)
Cleaning Kit
Fitness and Weight Loss Kit
Bill Pay and Budget Kit
The Organized Kitchen Label Kit
Vacation Planning Kit
Meal Planning Kit
Weekly Docket
Horizontal Weekly Docket
Christmas Planning Kit

As an extra special treat, Clean Mama Printables (here) is offering all A BOWL OF LEMONS readers 20% off your entire order until Wednesday, February 2nd! Just use the coupon code 20LEMONS at checkout!

If you would like to enter to win a $50 gift certificate for your own printables, all you have to do is…

1. Comment below about “What printable would help you out the most” in getting organized?  

2.  Make sure you are a “follower” of A Bowl Full of Lemons

The giveaway starts NOW and ends on 2/2 at 11:59 pm.


If you are participating in the challenge this week, link up your blog to this post today and add the challenge button (below) to “your” post! 

265 comments on “Home Management Binder

  1. Kate says:

    I am a follower!

    Wow – I’m the first commenter and I’m GOING TO DO THIS TOMORROW. This is a project I’ve been thinking of putting together as a resource for a babysitter instead of piling up stuff on the fridge. this is perfect! One stop shop – let’s do this!

  2. Kate says:

    I would definitely use the meal planner and the financial tabs. I just got set up on Mint.com and I’m about to start Dave Ramsey’s book!!!! School tab, medical, what WOULDN’T I USE IS THE QUESTION!

  3. Lindsay says:

    The Bill Pay and Budget Kit would definitely help me out the most!

  4. Terri says:

    I love the menu and the weekly list. Cute pages!

  5. CarrieB says:

    I absolutely need the financial section. That’s our resolution this year – to organize and track our finances.

  6. Jenniffier says:

    I think that menu planning and cleaning. I have looked at those before and thought they may help.

  7. I want the cleaning list! My house wants it even more.

  8. Shannon says:

    I would be able to use all of them. I really want to get organized this year. I LOVE your blog and I look forward to reading about the challenges every day. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

  9. I just have to say that I LOVE your blog. I have so much fun following you. I am excited to do this over the next couple of days. Thanks for all of the motivation!

  10. Lynn says:

    I am a follower and I would love the cleaning printables.

  11. Jenn says:

    I follow you. I would love the homekeeping kit. It sounds like a fabulous tool!
    Looking forward to the weekly challenges!

  12. Deanne says:

    I liked the Everything Kit. And that’s the same price as the gift certificate that she is giving away. But if I were to narrow it down, I’d have to say that I like the homekeeping kit. I can’t wait to start doing the challenges! And the home management binder is a great place to start!

    Oh yeah – and I’m a follower as well!

  13. I need a cleaning schedule badly, but every one of them seems useful.

    I’m already a follower. I’m just now starting the old month long challenge, and I can’t believe how much easier my life is getting already.

  14. Marcella says:

    i bought a white binder, but i really want a cute one from target, and i’m definitely sticking to this task this week! [still gotta finish most of the 21 day challenge].
    the first thing i want to buy from the shoppe is the bill schedule. hubby wants to make 2011 the “focus on the bills” year. hopefully we can do it!

  15. I NEED the everything kit!
    I have ordered from Clean Mama before and I have made a Household binder before but I don’t use it. I am jumping on board with you and hopefully I can learn how to make it workable for us this time.
    sharonsaad at gmail dot com

  16. I am a follower of Bowl full of lemons

  17. I’m a follower and I would get the menu kit. I am horrible at making a menu, planning it out and then sticking to it.

  18. Jill says:

    Omg Toni I am so excited about this challenge this is exactly what I need some order in my life. I thinkI would need the cleaning list and maybe the finance. Off tomorrow to get a super cute binder

  19. Sharon says:

    I am a follower here and have had your button in my sidebar,even though I had to drop out of the 21 day challenge. I really think that the weekly will be a much better fit for me! I have had a HMB on my “to do” list for a year, what I have needed is accountability! Thank you for providing that! I need the financial forms the most! Also, I hope you are planning a week on “blog organization”!!! I need to schedule and organize that area of my life! I’m either ALL or almost nothing with it, it seems!
    I’ll be putting my binder together this afternoon!
    Have a wonderful week and Thank You!!

  20. tiffany_welk says:

    I would love the meal planning kit or the busy momma kit!

  21. tiffany_welk says:

    I’m a follower of bowl full of lemons!

  22. Angel says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love the everything kit, but need the bill pay section the most. The Christmas kit intrigues me and the meal planning would sure make things easier. Yep, I need the whole kit!

  23. Angel says:

    I follow you in google reader and am loving it.

  24. Colleen says:

    What a great challenge idea! love this. I would love to use the meal planning one. As a full-time mom and lawyer I am constantly battling time management and ways to make my life easier. Great idea Toni!

  25. Creating this binder is so on my to do list for today. I have just started going back to work more full time, and I am trying to keep up with everything that I used to do at the same time. This binder and well pretty much all of the printables would be a great help. I think that the first on my to do list might be the cleaning or maybe the weight loss one πŸ™‚ Pick me please.

  26. Teri says:

    I like the cleaning kit… but I’d do a custom order as I have my way of doing things.

  27. valerie says:

    I love this one I have always wanted to make one. The printables that would help me is the one where the hubby looks at it, so all of them. I am doing this as my hubby has no idea on what gose here or what needs paying “so just in case” this would be good to have. I am also a follow. Whats funny i have found someone out of all your linkys from my home town. I think we sometimes forget how small this world is. Thank you Lori for doing this you do a great job keep it going please.

  28. Megan says:

    I love this challenge. I have been meaning to make a home management binder and have just been putting it off so this challenge is exactly what I needed! I just recently found your blog and I follow you via google reader. I definitely need the Cleaning Kit to help get me organized!

  29. Amber says:

    I would love to have the “Everything Kit.” I love making lists because they help me keep my brain organized, so if I could have every kind of list already designed for me, that would make things so much nicer!

  30. I have been meaning to set up a binder like this forever! I do all the large components, they’re just scattered everywhere. It’s not uncommon for me to lose my monthly menu plan every once in awhile πŸ™ I would love to have the clean schedule. That’s not something I really plan much for and just winging it isn’t keeping my house or me on it’s “A” game! Thanks for all the details, can’t wait to see each section broken down.

  31. Rebekah says:

    I’m a follower! I would use the financial printables… we’re new to budgeting!

  32. Jackie Koll says:

    I would love the Everything Kit! That hits all the basics, doesn’t it?

  33. Jackie Koll says:

    And, I’m a follower of A Bowl Full of Lemons πŸ™‚

  34. ~Lindsey says:

    I would greatly benefit from the menu planning printables!! Its something I need to work on for my family of 5.

  35. ~Lindsey says:

    I also follow bowl full of lemons πŸ™‚

  36. Michelle says:

    Love this! I’m gonna have to come back later and take a closer look!

  37. Michelle says:

    Oh also! Wanted to let you know that I have the linky up on my site. I’ll do the actualy post about it tomorrow(Monday). Thanks!

  38. Andy says:

    I am a follower! The finance package! I have been shopping WAY too much and I need to keep track of it all!

  39. Dorothy says:

    The cleaning kit…I’m a *decent* housekeeper, but would love to be more organized in this department.

    I’m already a follower of your blog.

  40. Mrsuglesich says:

    I could definitely use the Medical, To Do, Finances, Meal Planning, pretty much all the printables she has! It would be so helpful to have them and be able to just print them out and throw them in the binder and not have to try to make them up myself!

  41. Angela C. says:

    I think the cleaning file would be the most helpful to me.


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  42. Vanessa says:

    I am a big fan of the weekely list and menu planning. I am also a follower. Oh PLEASE let this be my lucky day!!! vknowles211@yahoo.com

  43. Julia says:

    I like the monthly cleaning schedule and bill check off list. That binder looks so neat and organized. Very nice! I’d love to re-do my binder with those lovely sheets. I’m a follower of this blog.

  44. Yours Truly says:

    i would love the meal planning!
    Being on my own, it’s hard to manage, and I refuse to eat smart ones!!!


  45. Angie says:

    I could sooo use the cleaning kits! So glad I’ve discovered you!

  46. Stacie H. says:

    What F.U.N. this challenge is going to be!! I think the menu planning printables and the cleaning schedule will suit our family well! Toni…you are an amazing organizer…I am in awe of your beautiful home!

  47. what an awesome and beautiful idea!! with a baby coming and a new home as well as a LOVER of all things organizing, i’m definitely going to do this project! thank you!!

  48. Deni says:

    This is gonna be an interesting one for me! I don’t do well with management πŸ˜‰ but maybe I should start trying! πŸ™‚

    I think I would love to use the meal plan/shopping list one, and even a contact list…that would be great!

    I follow you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait!

  49. Melissa says:

    I just found your blog yesterday and became a follower right away. I am looking forward to the weekly challenges and hope to really make a difference in my home. I think the printables I would like most are the cleaning ones, as that’s where I seem to get most frustrated.

    Thanks so much!

  50. Courtney says:

    I can’t wait to get started! I have one, but it’s missing some of these things and isn’t very cute. I was actually tinkering with it today, trying to figure how to get it to work better for me. I’m also a Dave Ramsey girl, so I’m excited to see how you incorporate this into your binder. πŸ™‚

  51. Heather says:

    this is a great challenge! i am going to do this, but for my mom and MIL who will be taking care of things while i have baby #2 in april. they will need all the information they can get, huh? i use my momagenda religiously and couldnt think of using anything else as im accustomed to it. so a “helping hand” binder will be created this week!! love the ideas!! πŸ˜€

  52. JMF says:

    I am going to make this binder today. I love getting organized, and I would use the Meal Planning Organizer. I think it would help me not become so overwhelmed when It’s 7 o’clock and I have no clue what I’m going to fix for dinner! It would also help me to plan healthy meal options. Thanks I like this post!

  53. thefab4m's says:

    i am a follower and i think i am going to get the financial set b/c hubby and i are gonna start dave ramsey financial peace in a few weeks….i am both excited and nervous at the same time…lol…after thinking for a moment, the everything kit is sounding better and better!
    heather πŸ™‚

  54. MonkeMama says:

    I’m pretty sure the cleaning printable would be well loved by me!

  55. Rikki says:

    I would love the cleaning printables…I’ve been floundering in that area lately.

  56. Rikki says:

    I am a follower!!

  57. Pettijohn says:

    I could use all of them to get organized around my house and get stuff accomplished.

  58. kelliemorgan says:

    wow! I love them all. I think that the best for me would be the fitness and cleaning schedules. I love the meal planning. I am making her a favorite on Etsy, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. kelliemorgan says:

    I am a follower! Looking forward to this next challenge!

  60. Lori says:

    I love this idea! I am torn between the fitness and weight loss printable and the cleaning schedule printable! Right now the weight loss printable wins out!!

  61. Jessica says:

    i tried a home notebook at one point, and didn’t really like it but have been thinking about giving it another shot! So your challenge is just the reason to do it! my house needs major help, so i’ll be following along with your challenges, and like many of the others, would love ANY of the printables! they are all great, i think especially, i’d like the cleaning ones; i have some of my own things worked up but you know you are always missing something… and hers are much cuter! i follow your blog via google reader!

  62. Martine says:

    I would love the monthly cleaning schedule.

  63. K.M.L says:

    this is a wonderful idea! I’m so excited to start this! I think the menu and resolution one would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Amanda says:

    Not going to enter the giveaway but wanted to let you know i love your binder. yours looks so pretty. I tried making a binder last year but hardly used it. I really think if i redid it, I’d use it more now that my house is organized.

    love the weekly calendar you use.

    Also I posted a list of good printables for home notebooks. hope it’ll help others.

    thanks for the challenge

  65. Elisabeth S. says:

    I could use all the printables but I think a cleaning schedule would be good since I don’t really have a method.

  66. Elisabeth S. says:

    I could use all the printables but I think a cleaning schedule would be good since I don’t really have a method.

  67. Elisabeth S. says:

    I’m also a follower! I’ve really enjoyed your blog and the support we get to make our lives more organized

  68. I would benefit the most from the menu planning. I’m always running on an empty fridge with hungry kids!

  69. I just found your site this past weekend and I’m excited about it! Of course, I’m a new follower!

  70. Margot says:

    I just recently discovered your blog and CleanMama’s and love all the ideas you have both shared with us. I feel like I have been trying to get organized and on a regular schedule since I had my 1st child. Well, she just turned 5 and I need all the help I can get! I definitely NEED the Everything Kit to help me get started! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  71. Brittany says:

    I’ve been a follower for a while now! πŸ™‚

    I would LOVE the budget kit printables from Becky’s shop. I want to stay on top of my spending, so this kit would really help me. I think I’ll take advantage of the discount and grab them now, but if I (crossed fingers) win this giveaway, I will buy the meal planning kit as well!

  72. Mandy says:

    I would need the “cleaning schedule” printable. lol πŸ™‚

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  73. Mandy says:

    Follower! πŸ™‚

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  74. Sarah says:

    I am really excited for your new challenge. I would love the everything kit. I need to get my life more organized.

  75. Kim says:

    I just found your blog and I’m very excited about all the organization tips you share! I want to make an organizer too, yours is so pretty!
    I could use the monthly and weekly cleaning schedules, I don’t have a system to clean yet. I’m following your blog!

  76. Jill says:

    Meal Planning and Cleaning – NEED MAJOR help here. πŸ™‚

  77. Jill says:

    I’m a follower. Started with your 21 day challenge and I’m hooked.

  78. I would love all of them! But I could really use the meal planning one! Love your site I’m now a follower.

  79. Angie says:

    I love this challenge, and your blog! I think every one of the printables would be helpful. I am definitely NOT an organized person by nature πŸ™‚

  80. Amber says:

    I’m loving this challenge and will be working on my binder this week! I would love access to some the great printables that CleanMama has created. The ones that I’d get the most use out of are the cleaning schedules and the bill tracking sheets.

  81. I have been following both of you for a while now! I have been DYING for her complete cleaning kit! This is so exciting! Starting my binder today!

  82. angela says:

    I am LOVING your blog! Thanks so much for all of the great info and ideas and for keeping me on track! I had no idea these printables existed and I am so excited to use them! First on my list will be menu planning and CLEANING! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

  83. I am a follower of your blog & a fan of your FB page. πŸ™‚

    The printable that would help me the most is the cleaning schedule one.

  84. I am a stay at home mother and have three kids ages 6, 3, and 1 and i have never been organized, but i have made it a new years resuloution to do so this year. I have already started on that resolution with my office. I would really like the meal planning and cleaning printables…I think they would jumpstart my organization!!

  85. Susan says:

    I would use the Organized Kitchen Label Kit and the Bill Pay. Thanks for the givaway!


  86. jacstormy says:

    I am a new stay at home mom- 28 years old- and am really struggling to keep it all together. When I quit my job, I thought I’d have all this free time to finally get a cleaning, financial, and menu schedule down. Obviously I was delusional. All of her printables would be helpful because they are neat, organized, and fresh-looking, exactly what I’d like my home to be. I’ve been following you blog for a few months now, and this would definitely help to keep from undoing all the work I’ve done so far during your challenge.

  87. Juliana says:

    I would love it all- mostly the grocery list and cleaning schedules!!!

  88. Juliana says:

    I am a follower

  89. mom2maya says:

    This is so great! I think the resolution kit it awesome, and the cleaning schedule too!

    I’m a follower. Thanks Toni!

  90. Sarah Jane says:

    I would totally use the bill pay and budget kit! I NEED something like this so bad!


  91. Jennifer says:

    The Printable that would help my family the most would have to be the meal planning! I’m super excited about this challenge and have already began putting my binder together! Thanks! Love your Blog!

  92. Sonya says:

    I’m a follower and I would LOVE to have her cleaning schedule!

  93. With 3 under 5 and twins due in a few months, I could certainly used the cleaning schedule!!!!

  94. I am a follower and very excited to be!!

  95. TeeBLiterary says:

    I am excited to make my binder – I need to be more organized when it comes to bills and menus and all of those kinds of things! Thanks!

  96. jme71 says:

    I’m very excited to do this. The biggest part I’m excited about is the menu planning. Got my binder, ready to get started!

  97. I found your blog a few weeks ago and I’m lovin it. I signed up for your challenge, however I’m having trouble with your Linky. I keep getting an error. Obviously I’m doing something wrong.

  98. Amy says:

    I am a follower! Probably the cleaning schedule would be best for me…trying to be more organized, especially with cleaning! πŸ™‚

  99. I think that I will use the finance section and menu planning the most!

  100. Denise says:

    The Cleaning Kit – Weekly, Monthly, and To Do Lists would definitely help me out. πŸ™‚

  101. Frances says:

    I am a follower—I think the printable I would use the most is the financial/bill paying list (the one from the picture that listed each bill and had a space to mark each month when it was paid…why didn’t I think of something like that? πŸ™‚

  102. Toni says:

    Im not sure why the link didnt work for you? Hmmm? Is it working for others?

  103. This looks like a great project and I am definitely going to try this this week! I love the print outs too and think the one that would help me most is the cleaning lists!
    I’m also going to ‘follow’ you!

  104. Jillian says:

    I am too going to have to say the cleaning checklists. I like to keep things new when it comes to that because I am a very clean person, but can get bored with the same ole same ole. I am and have been a follower too!

  105. Beth's Blog says:

    oh, I would love the cleaning kit!

    I’m a follower πŸ™‚

  106. I am a follower! I would so appreciate to have the finance & bill paying printables. I often have attempted to make a home management system, but it always falls through. It would be wonderful to have something already formatted for me!
    Jennifer B.

  107. lm says:

    Im a follower!! I love post. You made creating the binder a breeze!! I had one started and this just “finished” it!! Thank you!!

  108. Alicia says:

    I am thinking the cleaning kit would help me the most, but we are in desperate need of a family vacation this year, so maybe the vancatin planning kit as well? What great ideas!!!

  109. I think, if I had to choose, I would first pick the budget and bill paying sheets. Those look like the sheets I have in my head that I think I’m going to create “someday” and never have. Next, I think I’d choose the meal planning. I use a simple meal planning sheet but it is pretty boring and ugly. It would be more fun to use something pretty.

  110. daviesrost says:

    I am a follower and have loved your challenges and ideas! I would love to have the cleaning pages to step up my cleaning routine and keep my focus on the whole house! What an easier way than to just do what I have always done…a new way to stay on top of it ALL!

  111. lila Check says:

    I would definitely use the meal planner and the financial tabs…fab ideas!!

  112. Happy Wife says:

    I’m excited to get this project started! After work tomorrow I’m heading straight to Target to by a couple things and will post my progress to follow. The Everything Kit sounds amazing! only off part is that I’m not a Mother quite yet, but hope to be shortly πŸ™‚

  113. Tristen says:

    Definitely the financial planning and meal planner…even the cleaning would help tremendously!

  114. Tristen says:

    I am a follower of your blog as well! LOVE IT! Thanks!

  115. Stacevan says:

    Wow! How will you pick from all these comments?? I found you today thru a friend, and I absolutely love this idea! I really need to get our finances in order, so I would definitely choose that set. That said, the homekeeping kit looks mighty nice too!

  116. Amanda says:

    I really could use the “Everything Kit”. I am new to getting my home organized and need all the help I can get! =)

  117. April says:

    the cleaning schedule would def. help keep me on track!

  118. April says:

    i am a follower!

  119. mlmcdvt says:

    I am loving the adorable of these! I’d use the financial forms the most…and the calendars too!


  120. DomesticDiva says:

    I need the meal planner the most, we order out way too often, and I am having a difficult time planning meals and properly using my coupons

  121. this is awesome! you have inspired me to become organised… i am forever losing bills and the little notes i write down about money so thie financial pages would be AWESOME for me!

    Kel x

  122. Jenn says:

    I’m a happy GFC follower! πŸ™‚

    bjtippett7 at gmail dot com

  123. Jenn says:

    Gosh, I β™‘ all of the printables but if I {had} to choose… I’d pick the Cleaning Kit, Bill Pay & Budget Kit and the Meal Planning Kit!

    bjtippett7 at gmail dot com

  124. The cleaning list & meal planning pages would definately be the most helpful, but she has so many other cute ideas too! Thanks for the giveaway!


  125. ~alicia says:

    I need the Finance printouts to help me track…the hubs uses his noggin, but I have too much going on in there…I need to WRITE IT DOWN!

    I follow Bowl Full of Lemons like religion.



  126. The Picketts says:

    Lately, Organizing has been a bit overwhelming to me. This planner would be perfect to get me in gear!


  127. The Picketts says:

    I’m a follower :o)

  128. Totally excited about the challenge!

    I would make great use of the budget planning printables! I pay most bills with autopay and have been lulled by that false sense of security it brings – I forget to account for them, then run short. Yikes!

  129. Stephanie says:

    The everything kit has everything that I would need!

  130. ashley says:

    I am a follower!



  131. I started my binder and am so excited!!! I would LOVE some printables! The ones I think I could use:

    February Cleaning Schedule (would love schedules for each month)

    Cleaning Kit

    and I am sure I could pick a few others:)

  132. Jackie says:

    I think the financials and the scheduling would be most beneficial in our house. We’ve moved to a living on cash system for all of our variable expenses (check out http://gailvazoxlade.com/….definitely worth it!) so it would be nice to have somewhere to keep control of it. And just like everyone else we run from sun up to sun down and you always feel like you’re forgetting something! Love your blog and all the awesome tips…keep it up!!

  133. Angie says:

    I am a follower!

    I really love her weekly docket, but I need her finance stuff.

  134. Kimber says:

    Mine would have to be the meal planning. I struggle in this area. Grrr!

  135. See Jane Sew says:

    I’m a follower and I’m very excited to make a home management binder. Since my two small kiddos steal all the brain power I have, I need all the organization I can get! I would love the bill pay and budget kit. It is an area my husband and I struggle and I think it would help us tremendously!

  136. Kelli says:

    I absolutely follow and would love to have the Busy Mama Homekeeping Kit. This would come in so handy right now. How nice of Becky…and you πŸ™‚

  137. Lara says:

    I love all of the printables so I would have to say the Busy Mama Housekeeping Kit would be a great place to start!

  138. Lara says:

    I am a follower!

  139. Diane says:

    I would love to get either medical pages my daughter has a few things we need to keep track of medically.
    Or the meal tracker/menu one I have just started planning my meals 3 weeks ago and love it !!!!!!!!!!

  140. Amy says:

    I would love all of her sheets. I love how they all coordinate and look great throughout your binder!

  141. Amanda says:

    I am so excited about this challenge… My binder has been in the works for a couple of weeks but I have been putting off completing it. I love all of your printables and would love the everything kit! I have been looking all over for printables that would suite my needs and these look like the perfect solution!!

  142. Sandra says:

    I think I would have to get the pack with all of the printables! I have spent a lot of time tonight trying to plan out what I need to order to get a notebook together.

  143. Jocelyn says:

    I’m a follower and I would like to use the kitchen label printables!

  144. Jenna says:

    i’m a follower. this is so awesome. i’m on a mission to make my home management binder. all day long i’ve been gathering all my important info, making a command center and organizing all the paperwork and household info. i could defnitely use everything in her cute shop!

  145. Deana says:

    I need them all, but I think the forms that would help me the most would be the cleaning schedules. I really need those! Thanks for such a wonderful post and another great idea! I’ll be linking up sometime later this week!

  146. Lizzie Ann says:

    I’m a follower of ABFoL. πŸ™‚

  147. Lizzie Ann says:

    I would LOVE the Busy Mama Homekeeping Kit! She makes such beautiful forms!!!

    I’ll be linking up my post as soon as I get my binder done!

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  149. I follow you. πŸ™‚ I could really use these pages! I have a binder but it’s nothing like this. πŸ™‚

  150. I would love the busy mama homekeeping kit! Much needed.

  151. retrohipmama says:

    Hey Toni, wondering what your blogging schedule looks like. I have been trying to find something that would help me keep track of posts I want to do and when I want to schedule them but nothing I find is just right.

  152. Deanna says:

    I am really excited about getting the binder together!

    I follow you on GFC and through google reader.

    I have been lusting after the Busy Mama kit for quite some time!

    deannapartridge AT gmail DOT com

  153. Toni says:

    Retrohipmama, I just use a monthly calendar page and write in what I will post for the month ahead. I am trying to get on a schedule of posting the same thing on a weekly basis. We’ll see how it works? example. Simply Shaklee Saturdays, Challenge Sundays, etc…

    Hope this helps you!!!

    Toni πŸ™‚

  154. Oh how I love checklists of any kind! I’d love to have the cleaning checklists and the weekly and monthly planner! What a great giveaway…love you binder!

  155. amber says:

    I love your blog I have told so many people about it and they have all told me they love it too! I really like this home management binder and will be doing it in the next few days! I really like the meal planer and cleaning pages! Oh and I will be ordering some of the shaklee cleaning products for the first time!

  156. Sarah says:

    I love love love her etsy shop! I could probably handle buying every single one she has πŸ™‚ I love lists and organizing! Thanks so much for this weekly challenge!

    sarahram10 at gmail dot com

  157. Michelle says:

    I would use ALL of it! Especially te busy mama, maybe the menu would be totally helpful, I could list them really, no joke

  158. Lu says:

    Any and all of those printables would be sure to help me! I am probably most in need of the cleaning checklist — I am always forgetting something!

  159. Lu says:

    I’m a follower, and I linked for Housewife MacGyver. We’re getting organized this month and this is a perfect place to start! I also linked to your mobile command center. Can’t wait to have you guest, too, Toni! Thanks again!

  160. Laci says:

    I’d love to use the meal planner and cleaning schedule!! I’m a follower!!

  161. April says:

    I would need help the most with meal planning / grocery trip organization. Printables in these areas would be the best for me (and we’d just not tell my husband that cleaning ones were included πŸ˜€ )

  162. **Erin** says:

    I am a follower! I would definitely need to invest in the Everything Kit, and maybe the financial planning kit too….I need a lot of help getting organized!

  163. kyench says:

    I am a follower. I would love all of clean Mama’s printables! I think the cleaning checklist would help me the most or the meal planner…what a hard choice!

  164. Emily says:

    I need all the help I can get with cleaning – would love the cleaning pages and so much more! Thank you!

  165. Andrea says:

    I’m already a follower. I think the cleaning kit would help me the most, as I never know what to do. lol

    I have my binder. I’m not sure what to do with it yet either. Still pondering…

  166. I would love the fitness and budget worksheets! They are our goal for the year. But really, they are all super cute!!! abethmann at gmail dot com

  167. emuhle says:

    i’m a new follower! and i’m pretty sure that any of those printables would help me out- i’m a sucker for ’em!

  168. sasicas says:

    I would LOVE the cleaning one, that seems to be my biggest struggle lately is getting the house in order and keeping it that way. Thanks!

  169. sasicas says:

    Following your blog now πŸ™‚ So excited to have found it.

  170. Jen says:

    What a great inspiration you are! Your binder is gorgeous. I hope to get a binder or two going for my household and creative biz.

    The meal planning would be great help, so I would love to win, but also look forward to future posts when you share more info.

  171. Tiffany says:

    I would love the “Meal Planning Kit” and “The Bill Pay and Budget Kit”. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    tiffany dot manley at hotmail dot com

  172. I’ve been working on my binder this week. I would love to bet the ‘Cleaning Kit’ and the ‘Busy Mama Kit’.

  173. pandy says:

    I’m putting my binder together now! The printables, especially the cleaning schedules, would be so helpful!

  174. MommyAnna says:

    I am a follower. I would love the budgeting pages. This is my goal this year to pay down some debt but I need a better way to keep track of it. Thanks for such amazing ideas.

  175. Tiffany says:

    I have to know, where did you get your binder?

  176. J.Jones says:

    I am a follower. I LOVE your blog and so glad that I found it.

    I would love to get the everything kit!!

    I took up the opporunity and used the 20% off at her shop and OMG I am in love! I wanna get them all!


  177. Toni says:

    I got my binder from target!!!!


  178. My link up #80 link is broken. I put a new one on that does work. I can’t find a way to delete the broken one. Thanks.
    Jennifer B.

  179. Aby says:

    As I am new to blogging I am having issues getting your button to show. I only see the code in your post… Any advice?

  180. Toni says:

    Aby, You can just save my button picture to your computer and place it on your blog as a “picture” and attach the url. Is this what you are talking about? πŸ™‚


  181. Krista says:

    I am a brand new follower! And a new lover of your blog – so much good stuff! Thank you for sharing.

  182. Krista says:

    I would absolutely LOVE the everything kit. I was just drooling..err I mean admiring it and I know I would get good use out of it.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  183. Aby says:

    Toni thank you I did that, and it works now. Great job with your blog.

  184. Candace says:

    This is going to make the front of my fridge look so much cleaner- no more meal plan, contact list, etc posted!

  185. LaToya says:

    I would love to have the meal planning forms. I’ve been trying to get my stuff organized for some time now and just haven’t found anything that really works for me.

    Oh. I’m visiting from WLW.

  186. LaToya says:

    I’m a follower now, too!

  187. Zara says:

    Love it! So pretty!

  188. I currently have a very simple “family binder” but I will be expanding it based on this challenge very soon!!

  189. AmyΒ© says:

    I’ve used a household management binder for years–the kids call it my “brain” lol! This is a great plan for a binder and I love the printables! It looks so clean and fresh! I’m new to your blog and am really enjoying reading it–thank you! πŸ™‚

  190. Nicole says:

    This is a fabulous idea!! We’re moving soon, but I am definitely going to get this started for our new home. Thanks for sharing.

  191. Thank you for this… I am using it as a challenge with a group of friends… I have linked you and given you full credit… Thanks again for sharing…!

  192. I have to know where can I find such cute binders like yours? All I have in my town is Staples and Walmart and I’ve seen nothing of the like!

  193. Cozy says:

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  194. Thanks for the great inspiration to get my binder started!!! ~Bri~

  195. This binder idea is fabulous. Are there any plans for making it into an app?

  196. OMG this is AWESOME!!!! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. I know what the Hubby & I will be doing together this Sunday! Thank you so much for posting this =)

  197. megan says:

    I LOVE the To-Do list kit and the Christmas Planning Kit! I always end up with about 50 random lists on separate pieces of scratch paper floating in my purse … having it all together would be amazing!

  198. zarablue says:

    Motivated by having everything in one place. Gonna give it a go!

  199. This is a great idea! I’m so in need of a budget plan πŸ™‚

  200. I love the cleaning schedule and the menu planning/ shopping printables, I’ve seen the home binder idea before and love the idea of having everything together in one attractive place!

  201. LeeAnn Joy says:

    What a great blog! Thanks for posting such helpful tips and resources. I love that I found you! I’m officially a follower : ) I’m definitely going to start this project today… my hubbie will be so proud! lol… he’s the naturally organized person in the family. : ) I would benefit most from the financial printables for sure. We went through Dave Ramsey’s class at our church and follow it for our monthly finances, so those printables would go perfectly with how we do things (and they’re cute!)

  202. michterr says:

    Love this idea, especially since my resolution is to get more organized in every aspect. I could really use the Organized Kitchen Label Kit and the Week at a Glance Calendar. Thanks for this great idea!

  203. I just started following! I think the home management binder is just what we need for the new year and I am excited to get it started! I am hoping to benefit most from the menu planning and cleaning printable! Thanks for sharing this!

  204. Maria B. says:

    I was just about to start my first family planner and stumbled across this post! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Your friend’s print outs would be a wonderful addition and time saver to my new project! I would definitely would get the Everything Packet! Thanks for this awesome give away! Fingers crossed!!!

  205. NCmomof3 says:

    I cannot wait to go to the store and get a binder to begin this… This new year will be organized!!

  206. The Everthing kit would definitly help me!

  207. meldgrek says:

    I SO need help with organizing my life!! I am constantly running circles in my mind and am a very visual person. I am so excited to start this!! I think I would most benefit from the starter kit. I am so new to this and need help in every area the kit touches.

  208. Carmel says:

    I love this post! Thank you so much! I would benefit most from the Finance printables, because I REALLY need to get my finances in order.

  209. Mandy R says:

    Even just reading this makes me feel more organised! I definitely love the meal planner. Some things just work better when planned ahead! xo

  210. Melissa RM says:

    Great giveaway! My choice for what would most help would be the new budget and bill pay kit — so great! I hope I win! Thanks.

  211. The Busy Mama Homekeeping Kit. Need a lot of help right now!

  212. Laura says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything in the binder and SO going to make one. I think I’m most excited about the meal planning section, especially since I just started freezer cooking.

  213. missyinpa says:

    Great start to getting organized! The cleaning and budget planning is what I need!

  214. akbell says:

    So excited! I think I’d like the budgeting and cleaning kits. Can’t wait to get started on the notebook!

  215. Bethy Lynne says:

    Definitely would LOVE to be organized with a home management binder. Please enter me in the give a way drawing. I would benefit from the finances and cleaning help I believe.

  216. Lauren says:

    I LOVE the starter kit. It has it all and I would love to have “everything” orgnaized in one binder.

  217. bdover says:

    Wow – I just found your blog today and am all set to start my binder this afternoon! I think the meal plan & cleaning kits are going to help the most for me. Can’t wait to get started!

  218. Amanda says:

    I am a NEW follower of Bowl full of Lemons! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

  219. Amanda says:

    I would love the meal planning kit. We are working on paying off debt, and I find that groceries are the most difficult for me in saving money, because I get in the mood for a particular dish, and have to go buy ingredients. I guess I need to get my pantry restocked πŸ™‚

  220. Steph says:

    Where did you get the absent excuse forms from?

  221. I love my home organisation folder. Great post. You might also like this great product. http://www.papertreedesigns.com.au

  222. I just found you on pinterest. I love the way you organized your organizer and showed us what to put where. as of right now, i have a glass of water and have word open and was jotting down what goes where. thank you so much for this. It will make my organazing chaos more doable. Thank you.

    oh, and you found yourself a new ‘blogstalker’ πŸ™‚

  223. I am currently a stay at home mom so the bill & budget print outs would help out greatly…not to mention the homekeeping print outs sure would help motivate me to keep a cleaner house!

  224. Getting ready to set up my own Home Management Binder and so excited!!! Can’t wait – thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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  226. Abbi Jordan says:

    I love your blog I have told so many people about it and they have all told me they love it too! I really like this home management binder and will be doing it in the next few days! I really like the meal planer and cleaning pages!
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  227. Abbi Jordan says:

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  229. Shanna H. says:

    Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all your effort into the home binder, I linked up to it in a post http://www.lovepeaceandhodson.com/2012/09/overwhelmed-by-organization.html

  230. Lael Wetzel says:

    I just want to tell you that I am beginner to weblog and actually liked your website. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You really have awesome writings. Cheers for sharing your website.

  231. Jennifer says:

    Hey Toni! Where did you find the blue pencil pouch? What about the brown binder? I like both and having a hard time finding cute ones right now….thanks! πŸ™‚

  232. Lizz Morales says:

    This year I vowed to be more organized and put my household on a budget. This would be more than helpful. Thanks for the opportunity.

  233. Ruby says:

    Oh my. Picking one printable is too difficult when I could use so many of these. But I’m guessing the cleaning pages might be among the most beneficial for me. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest! πŸ™‚

  234. Terry Starnes says:

    I am a new binder user and could really use the everything kit. I am a follower and really hope I am the lucky winner. The binder sheets will really help me get organized in a way that I have never been before. My home and my life really need it! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter.

  235. Michelle H says:

    I love this and the printables are great! I think the bill payment printable would help me greatly!! We have a “homebase” and a “travel home” due to my husband’s work. I have to keep track of bills for both places. Please pick me for the printables gift!

  236. Pamela says:

    I would love the cleaning schedule!

  237. Whitney Robinson says:

    Thank you! I am going to try and get a handle on our finances this year! We need to get things in order to do it though and you have just showed me they way we can do it! Love both your blogs! You are going to help me get my family organized!

  238. Ann M. says:

    I have spent the past month purging and organizing my entire home (including my 13 year old twins’ rooms, which was a challenge on it’s own). The Everything kit seems like the next practical step in my process. I have always considered myself an organized person however, my DH calls it “organization by piles” I tend to have piles of papers everywhere, but I do know where most things are. I’m trying to eliminate the piles and find a new and improved system. Thanks for all the great tips and suggestions; I have become a huge fan!

  239. Caterina says:

    Great post! Question: I have a financial binder/Budget Binder that I created using your wonderful printables. Do you still keep the financial section in the HOME binder as well? Thanks, Caterina

    • Rachel says:

      Toni’s set up is constantly changing as she tries new ways to organize. I personally use just the Budget Binder and keep the home binder all things home relate (owner manual’s, etc)

  240. Caroline says:

    This is amazing, I definitely want to make one of those binders for my home, I think it would help us all, and I could use pretty much all the printables! Thanks for sharing!

  241. Jennifer says:

    The budget kit looks wonderful!

  242. Melinda says:

    Toni, will you be updating the information in this post?

  243. Brenda says:

    I have a home management binder (my oldest daughter and i started using these about a year ago) and i love it. My next project is to design a fundraising binder to organize and manage all my fundraising events and contacts for relay for life to help keep our team on track for the year

  244. Mandy P says:

    I would love the menu planning printouts but all of your tabs look fantastic!

  245. Betty819 says:

    May I ask what labels you use for your home binder or manual binder? Black ink on white tape or black ink on clear tape? I tried looking on your pictures and it is hard to tell..Great job..I want to make a manual binder.

    • Rachel says:

      The labeler mentioned in the post is the Brother P-Touch. You can click the link to find out more details.

  246. Heidi says:

    I was wondering where do you find the binder and what size?

    • Rachel says:

      They are the Better Binder, from Staples. Be sure to check for coupons, they frequently will have coupons on staples.com that can be used while the binders are one sale! And, if you trade in an old binder (no matter the condition), you’ll get $2.00 toward a new binder!

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