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My New Home Mangagement Binder

I’ve been using the home management binder system for some time. I like the system for the most part, but my old binder was getting full and to the point where I was just too much to deal with on a regular basis. Today I was working on creating folder for the boys to keep up with their homeschool assignments and papers and I thought I’d try making a “Lite” version of my Home Management Binder. It’s not fancy and it doesn’t have a lot of pretty pictures, but I think it will work much better for me.

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This is the front cover of my new HMB. I’ve used a 3-prong, 2 folder plastic folder. It’s simple and easy. I bought it on clearance at Walmart about 3 years ago and it use to house just my homeschooling stuff. My HMB consists of 8 sections with all forms an papers placed inside plastic page protectors. This allows me to use dry erase or overhead projector pens to mark off items as needed. This save me money on paper and printer ink.

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this is the inside of my HMB. There’s a pocket on the inside front, where I can stash paperwork and bills.

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The first sectio of my HMB is “Weekly Schedules”. The first page is my weekday master schedule. It’s basically a check list of all my daily to-dos.

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The second page in the “Weekly Schdules” section is my Family Weekday Master Schedule. This is simply a master schedule of the boys and mine daily to-dos

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The second section of my HMB is “Calendars”. This is where I put the current month’s calendar. I use google calendars to keep my calendars up to date

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The second page in my “Calendars” section is a calendar for the next month. I only keep the current and next months calendars in my folder.

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The third section of my HMB is “Cleaning” This is where I’ve place my weekly cleaning and laundry schedule.

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The fourth secion of my HMB is “Menu”. THis is where I keep a blank copy of my menu form. As with this entire folder, all my print outs and forms are kept in plastic page protectors so I can write on them with dry-erase or over head marker pens. Each week, I fill in the boxes with the meals I’m planning. From this, I make my shopping list.

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The fifth section of my HMB is “Colt”. The first page in that section is his weekly homeschool assignment check list. This is so I can keep track of what to teach him and what supplies and such I need.

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The next page of teh “Colt” section is his weekly master schedule.

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The sixth section of my HMB is “Riley”. The first page in that section is his weekly homeschool assignment check list.

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The next page of the “Riley” section is his weekly master schedule.

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The seventh section of my HMB is “Discipline”. This is where I keep a copy of my Family Rules and Consequences.

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The eighth and final section of my HMB is “Bible”. The first page in it is my Bible reading schedule.

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the next page in that section is my Scripture Memory chart, to help me keep track of the Bible verses I’m memorizing.

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This is a photo of the back inside cover of my HMB, it also contains a pocket for storing things like paper and such.

I’m also going to try a secondary system that works along side my HMB.

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This is a clip board with two very important printouts placed inside a plastic page protector. As with my HMB, both of these print outs and forms are kept in plastic page protectors so I can write on them with dry-erase or over head marker pens. The front printout is a Daily Checklist. This has sections for chores, To-Do/To Call, Homeschool prep, Meal prep and notes. I write on it with an overhead marker pen to keep track of all I need to do.

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The backside of this page protector contains a copy of my master weekday schedule. Again, I check things off as they are completed.

This secondary system is so easy, I just keep the clipboard on my desk for easy access to check off things as they are completed.

I think these systems will serve me, personally, better than my more traditional HMB. It’s simpler and I like simple!

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