How to Combine Your Planner + Homekeeping Binder

Let’s keep things SIMPLE!  Today I’m going to show you how I merged my homekeeping binder and planner into one wonderfully simplified binder.

How to Combine Your Planner and Homekeeping Binder to Simplify Your Life via Clean Mama

This was a pretty simple project with a big outcome.  The whole purpose of a homekeeping binder and a planner is to have a central place to keep your calendar and other important home items.  For me it’s like my brain on paper.  I feel so much better with everything written down – it’s less to remember and I can keep track of important items like home maintenance, bill paying, and my cleaning routine.  A checklist for me is half the battle when it comes to getting things accomplished – they simplify things for me.

If you have a planner and/or a homekeeping binder, consider merging the two to save space, time, and your sanity.  For me, it’s great to have everything streamlined and in one place.

Start by choosing the format you want to use.  You can use a 3 ring binder or a discbound system or a notebook.  I held off on the discbound system for a while because of the cost, but I have to tell you it’s totally worth it (for me).

Choose the Notebook Size and Style that Works for Your Life via Clean Mama

Next, you’ll need to decide on the format size that works for your life.  My personal preference is 8.5×11 for many reasons – I can write in the larger format a little more easily, pages from school or other mailings can just be punched and added to the binder, and I can still take it with me if I need to, but I keep my planner at home in my kitchen or office most of the time.

Use Dividers to Keep Sections Organized via Clean Mama

Add dividers for your sections – you’ll need to determine what sections you want, but here are some ideas to get you started:

  • calendars
  • daily
  • blog
  • business
  • home maintenance
  • fitness
  • money
  • menu
  • kids
  • cleaning

Use Pockets to Keep Accessories Handy via Clean Mama

Add pockets for stickers and other accessories you want to keep handy.  I use these little stickers to make pages and to flag little reminders in my homekeeping planner.

Once you’ve decided on the size and format of your homekeeping planner you need to FILL it!  That’s the fun part (says the girl with the printables business).  Start with a printable planner or calendar first.  Once you have that in place add to your categories.  This doesn’t have to happen overnight or in an afternoon, but as you add checklists and to do lists I’m guessing you’ll find that it’s a huge time saver and organizational tool and you’ll continue adding to it.  For me, the calendar, cleaning, and bill pay sections are the most important and helpful for tracking items during the month.  The Streamlined Life Bill Pay Kit is an essential and has really helped us with tracking and eliminating debt.  If it’s cute and functional, I’ll use it – if you’re the same, you’ll love the kit!

Here’s how a little infographic on how I filled up my homekeeping planner (I used printables from my shop and The Streamlined Life Complete Kit):

Update:  I give away a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar every month – look in the sidebar or previous posts to find this month’s calendar.   You can start ANYTIME!

(If you like this calendar style, you’ll love The Streamlined Life Series in my shop!)

I used the following products to create put these kits together in a binder and to photograph  (all products were purchased with my own money and I love them – there are no affiliate links in these links):

How to Combine a Planner + Homekeeping Binder via Clean Mama

Comments

  1. Just a note for those who love a disc binder. Staples has a less expensive version now. I purchased one for work and kept my more expensive one for personal use. Love them!

  2. I’m with ya let’s go! #cmstarthere

  3. How do I get the calendar to print with actual words? All that comes out is blurry lines where all the writing should be. I saved the document as well and once it is saved and then opened, it only shows blurry lines there, too. Please help so I can get my cleaning under control! Thank you so much for this free resource!!!

  4. I appreciate your monthly calendars! I’m not one to want to print something each week, though I see the value of all the details. If the budget were different, I would be adding your printables to my household binder. Thanks for the ones you do offer for free!!

  5. There are only blurry lines when I print it too. I love this calendar, so I hope I can figure this out 🙂

    • I emailed it to you too Aimee! Make sure you don’t have it in ‘preview’. There’s something with MAC OSX that defaults to preview instead of Adobe Reader. Once you’ve verified that, make sure you have the most updated version of Adobe Reader (free):
      get.adobe.com/reader/

  6. Kim Burningham says:

    I couldn’t get it to load in firefox but google chrome worked fine… havent had this issue in the past.

  7. Thank you so much for such a valuable resource!

  8. I am so excited to get this going! I have chronic migraines so my organizational skills have gone downhill & it really frustrates me! This is going to help so much!!! Can’t wait to share with my support group 🙂

  9. I have a Mac as we’ll can you email me too! I love this and am excited to get a handle on my crazy house! Thanks for everything!

  10. You mentioned in this post that there was a coupon code at the bottom of the post. I don’t see it and am looking purchase your “Simplified Life” kit. Before ordering, I thought I would ask.
    Thanks!

  11. Hi, just wondering what weight of paper do you print on?

  12. I ended up combining my planner and binder in the middle of last year and it made things so much easier! I still have my binder for important info and things but adding the cleaning, finance, and meal planning sections to my planner helped me stay more on track since I had it with me all the time!

  13. Hello!

    I have been eyeing different printables from all over and nothing really “felt right” , nothing “clicked.” I have been on a whole home organization kick for the last 5 months now. I made a command center, I’ve made binders (mix-match free printables from all over the web. as a temp until i decide which i loved) I ripped apart all my kitchen cabinets only 2 days before Thanksgiving just so I can re-organize them all, made my own detergent, bedsheets in pillowcases, the whole nine, etc. etc. etc. I spent about about month + just reading blogs, well more like skimming and using them for tips. I actually never came across your blog but I did come across your ETSY shop. Your printables were marked as one of my “favorites” for when I was ready to take the plunge (I act like I’m buying a car). Well last night around 9pm as I finished cleaning dinner I had some groceries left over from my shopping trip that I left out because I wanted to use a pantry tracker for inventory and I figured I’ll keep them out and find one quick (HAHA! I don’t make “quick” decisions when it comes to printables) and start that little project of utilizing a pantry inventory printable. Fast forward 12 hours, its now 9am and I am putting together my discbound notebook with your “the everything simplified kit.” Yes! I took the plunge (haha) and you are my favorite. There’s a reason though, as i began my journey last night for a pantry printable, I was browsing your shop and I thought hmmmm, I wonder if she has a blog I don’t think I ever saw one associated with these printables. Click, click, click, honey. I’m home!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL! I found you! and now we shall be friends forever! haha! Everything you write “clicks” You are me, I am you, We are one! lol! I am crazy, sorry! lol But, I really loved everything about your blog, ideas, BINDERS (well discbounds, ya know what i mean), and most importantly the simplify challenge. I really would prefer to stay on one main blog instead of wasting all my time scouring the internet, blogs, pinterest for ideas. I’m sure at times I’ll have a wandering eye and I’ll be unfaithful but then I’ll open my beautiful housekeeping SIMPLIFIED notebook stare into it and snap back to reality and realize how good I really have it here. LOL. I actually have so much more to say to you, I really just wanna have a convo one day, ya know just chat over some coffee haha, but what I am really commenting for is I do in fact have a question about your notebook. I just combined, exactly how you did I printed each page onto cardstock and I was going to start laminating some pages. Which pages did you laminate, if any? I saw in your older binder you had mentioned laminating but I wasn’t sure which you found were best done that way. Another question I had wassssss, what markers do use that wipe off easily? I saw you recommended the papermate ones from target but I wasn’t sure if that was what you used on the laminated pages. My concern with a dry-erase marker would be it wiping off to easily? Butt, you’re the pro so you know best lol. Let me know what you think?! Can you tell I am super excited and totally just rambled away?! But I’m sure you can understand why! When something just works, especially in the world of organization its like angels singing on a beautiful sunday, it’s like all the kids playing a game nicely, getting along and giggling. Yes, THAT GOOD! HAHA! Well thank you for listening to my ramble and I appreciate your blog, YOU, and taking the time to listen! Have a great day and hope to talk soon!!!!!! Oh and I totally would be posting my phone number to you right now if this wasn’t a public forum with a note saying; “you are my organizational soulmate. Will you call me please and maybe go on a date: check one: yes ____ or no _____

    Don’t worry, youre not the only person who thinks im insane, hubby left for work this morning just shaking his head and my 2 year old does the same hahahaha!

    PS. (yes I’m still talking lol) I really have been dying to start a blog, I know thats a WHOLEEE different topic but is it super hard? Any advice for me, like YES ITS AWESOME YOU SHOULD DO IT! OR STAY AWAY!!! LOL thanks again! 🙂

  14. This looks so nice, and is such a great idea! But I have a question: the title says you are combining your planner and homekeeping binder, but in the pictures it looks like you still have the 2 separately…?

  15. Oh! Did you just have both binders in the picture to show the different size options?

  16. Hi Becky! I love your binder. I wanted to know can I print your planner pages for size 5.5 x 8.5.

  17. just wanted to say that I love your printables. bought a couple of sets today. I linked you on my blog (see link above). thanks for creating a bunch of what was in my head but I couldn’t create myself.

  18. I absolutely love what you have done. Your pages are beautiful and combining the two together is genius!! Is there anyway you would consider putting one together for me with all the pages and dividers and all the bells and whistles (goodies). I have no access to computer or a printer and I would be willing to pay for time and supplies, postage and delivery. It would be such a HUGE and BEAUTIFUL blessing to me and my family. Please email me at amyejoyce2009@y7mail.com

  19. I want to find the binder you use, but when I click the link nothing comes up? I’ve looked on Amazon and Staples but can’t seem to find anything? Do you know of anywhere else I can find it?

  20. This is great information! Since you do not carry it with you what do you do to schedule appointments when you are out and about?

  21. If you’re looking for the Martha Stewart ARC system, from what I can find it was discontinued some time in 2015. 🙁 There are other ARC binders available, but not in this gorgeous color. 🙂

  22. alyssa dunn says:

    Hi! I would really like to have these specific printables – but I don’t see them on your etsy shop?!

  23. where do you get your binder i love it?

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