A few years ago, I became an avid fan of "The Fly Lady". She has dedicated her life to teaching moms (or dads... or anyone) how to get control & "Finally Love Yourself". She taught me out to put together what's called a Control Journal.
I somewhat like the term Life Binder also. Then again, you might come up with something you like even better! :)
So what's in this binder? Well... We moved 10 months ago, recently had a daughter get married, & a lot has changed. And I'm planning to redo the current binder & will be making several changes. But here's what I included when I first made it.
First, I decorated a page in red, aqua, & brown (scrapbook style) & inserted it in the clear cover of a 3-ring binder. Then I got page protectors & heavy duty color dividers & included the following:
In the very front (before my section tabs)
- "The Living Christ"
- "The Family Proclamation"
- A page with some of my favorite quotes
- Title & Table Of Contents
Then my tab dividers:
- Daily (To Do)
- Weekly (To Do)
- Zone Cleaning (Sections of house & yard cleaning divided into certain time periods)
- Monthly Reminders (B-day, Anniv, Holidays, etc.)
- Menus & Grocery (Menu plans & master grocery list)
- Reference (School calendars & important contacts like banks, hospital, utilities, schools,)
- Address/Phone # (Friends, family, etc.)
- Vacation & Moving (Master To-Do list for each of these)
- Emergency Preparedness (Basic list of what to do, what to grab, who to call, etc...)
- Important documents (Like account numbers & copies of legal docs)
So, in this binder or a separate one (I haven't decided which yet) - I'm going to include a new section for each of my family members & some other things. Most of these are probably already in your file cabinet. But it's hard to grab your file cabinet in case of an emergency. So this is a great way to look at fun memories from time to time, as well as have important info handy - in one spot - for a grab*n*go situation.
I got this idea from Kim McCrary but changed it somewhat to not be quite as comprehensive & looooooooong as hers. Here's the new list! :
Adoption decree, photos, announcement, sealing certificate, journal entry, etc.
Photos, immunization records (if applicable), medical information & history, memorabilia, journal entries, milestones
TODDLER & CHILD
Photos, medical information & history, preschool, activity info (dance, sports, playgroup), artwork, handprints, journaling (yours & theirs), report cards, certificates, awards, personal testimony, scouts, baptism, etc.)
Photos, medical information & history, report cards, reports, activities, awards, certificates, journaling (yours & theirs), scouts, young women, personal testimony, graduation diploma & announcement, Patriarchal blessing, etc.
Photos, marriage certificate, death certificate (if applicable), wedding announcement, medical information & history, list of church callings, Patriarchal blessing, 4 generation ancestor chart/family group sheet, Priesthood line of authority, church membership records (children also), journal entries, resumes, etc.
Call, farewell talk, photos, memorabilia, letters, release, homecoming talk, testimony, journal entries, etc.
Acceptance letter, class schedules, grades, photos, service, activities, diploma, announcement, etc.
Entrance papers, boot camp, assignments, deployment, awards, discharge papers, dog tags, photos, etc.
THESE ARE BINDERS YOU WILL WANT TO GRAB
ALONG WITH YOUR 72 HOUR KITS, IF YOU EVER HAVE TO EVACUATE!