House For Six

Kids' Activity Binder

Deme CrinionComment
Something about summer has me itching to basically get my entire life in order.  Which is totally unrealistic, BUT!  I am trying to tackle a couple of key areas throughout the summer months....particularly the ones that make a big impact once school is back in session. 

Awhile back I finally created a home management binder for us and it's my lifeline.  It has all the information we need to run this household and I reference it all the time.  When I put this baby together I used a few of my own printables and some from various other sources.  I've been working on updating it to better suite our families needs and to look a little more streamlined.  Because #OCD.

As I've gone through the categories, and the onslaught of summer kids' activities has hit our calendar, I realized that we had enough kid specific stuff happening to rate its own binder.  So, we made one!

kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

I'm working on turning the desk in the kitchen/family room into my home management zone of sorts...the place I pay the bills, deal with the mail, calendars, and the kids' paperwork. This right side of the desk houses our home management binder, new kids' activity binder, file box, and label maker. 
kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

To create the kids' binder I snagged an empty binder I had in my craft closet, an extra set of dividers (I think from Target), and one pocket folder. 
kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities
I used my label maker with clear tape to create the tabs.  I wasn't sure whether to make a tab for each activity or one for each kid.  Since there are some activities our kids all do together and some they do individually, I decided to go with a mix. 

They all attend the same school and much of the correspondence that comes home applies to all the kids (school calendars, school supply list, etc), so we have one school tab. 
 kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

Then they each get their own section for things that apply specifically to each child (individual reports, piano lesson schedules, etc).  Then I made one final tab for activities outside of school that apply to all the kids (church, t-ball, yada, yada).
kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

I also added a pocket folder to the back of the binder for papers that I frequently need to submit or update, like health history forms.
kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

kids activity binder - a great way to keep track of the paperwork that comes with kids' activities

And that's it!  Super simple but already helping my head spin a little slower.  I think it will really pull its weight as we amp up for the next school year. How do you keep track of you household's activities?

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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