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Who doesn’t love a clean and organized home? But do you you feel like you have drawers crammed with important papers and filing cabinets stuffed full of documents? Do you wish you could manage all of your paperwork better? Have you been wondering if there was a better organization system that you just haven’t discovered yet?!

This may surprise you, but there is one simple office supply which can help you get all your paperwork in order! 3-Ring, D-Ring, 2 inch, and multi-coloured… here are some of the ways in which you can use binders to keep your household organized!

Get your documents organized with this simple system! #organization Click To Tweet

Who doesn’t love a clean and organized home? But do you you feel like you have drawers crammed with important papers and filing cabinets stuffed full of documents? Do you wish you could manage all of your paperwork better? Have you been wondering if there was a better organization system that you just haven’t discovered yet?!

This may surprise you, but there is one simple office supply which can help you get all your paperwork in order! 3-Ring, D-Ring, 2 inch, and multi-coloured… here are some of the ways in which you can use binders to keep your household organized!

Get your documents organized with this simple system! #organization Click To Tweet

Getting started

There are a few simple supplies you need to get started with binder organization systems.

Make a personal phone book

I have a binder which is divided into various sections; personal phone numbers & addresses, services (e.g. hairdresser, dentist, and vet), work numbers (co-worker’s phone list) and a section with plastic sleeves for take-out/delivery menus. The binder is in an easy-to-access place so I can quickly reference any phone number I need.

The personal phone number and address section were done on an Excel spreadsheet. That way, if I need to add someone, I simply add a new row in the proper alphabetical place on the spreadsheet. It’s quick and easy with no fussing with formatting.

The information binder

I have a binder which is divided up into the following sections:

  • Banking and investments
  • Utilities
  • Bills/credit
  • Insurance
  • Health
  • Other

Each section is filled with plastic sleeves and holds the applicable paperwork. Therefore, if I need to call my gas company, I take out the binder, open it to the utility section and I quickly have my gas company’s phone number and all of my account information readily available.

The user manual and warranty binder

I have a 3″ binder that is filled with plastic sleeves. When I buy a new appliance or household item that has a user manual and/or warranty, I add it (and the matching receipt) to a plastic sleeve in this binder. This has been so handy for times when my phone went on the fritz or when I’ve had to return an item to the store because it malfunctioned before its warranty expired. I’ve also given appliances to friends and they were thrilled that I still had the instruction manual.

The magazine binder

I actually started this when I was pregnant. I was addicted to all of the parenting and pregnancy magazines. There was always at least one or two good articles in every magazine, but I didn’t want to save the whole magazine. So I began to tear out articles and put them into plastic sleeves in a binder. I then organized the articles into common sections (e.g. nutrition during pregnancy, labour & delivery, tips for dad, etc.).

My general interest binder has sections on health, beauty, finance, fitness and relationships. I love revisiting old articles in the magazine binder!

The computer binder

I have a binder (once again, with plastic sleeves) that holds all of our computer-related information. Start-up disks for programs, activation codes and instruction manuals are a couple of examples of what I archive in the computer binder.

The recipe binder

Every home needs a recipe binder! Every recipe I print off of Pinterest or cut out from magazines goes in this binder. I keep it in the kitchen with the rest of my cookbooks.

The family health binder

I started this binder with my daughter’s information but it has now grown to include all the family members. This binder is divided into sections by family member. Immunization records, eye and drug prescriptions, health care numbers, insurance policies and claims/forms are filed in plastic sleeves. Also, if we receive any medical-related information (i.e. information about my daughter’s dairy allergy) we add it to the binder as well.

You don’t have to feel overrun with paperwork! You can have a clean and organized home! Binders are a fabulous way to keep all your important documents organized! Try it out! You might be surprised at how easy and affordable a binder organization system can be!

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.



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