How to Get Organized with Binders

How to Get Organized with Binders

Have you ever considered getting your home and life organized with binders? It’s a lot easier than you think! Once you’ve started you’ll never want to go back to any other home organizational system again.

Paper & mental clutter is notorious for stopping our organizational efforts in their tracks. We all want a system that will not only work but will be easy to use daily.

That’s where getting organized with binders is going to seriously help you transform your home and life into a much more relaxed version of the one you’re living right now!

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There are two types of binder organization systems.

  1. One Big Binder. This colossal binder will hold any information you are looking to organize in your life.
  1. Multiple binders. Use as many binders as you need to categorize your information in an easy-to-use format.

Both systems are great and it all depends on what you feel would work best for you and your family. If you have tons of papers and categories then using multiple binders might be the best bet.

Another advantage to multiple binders is how much more opportunity you will have to create sub-categories within each binder to get super organized.

Exactly what you should be putting in your organizing binders.

This is probably the only difficult part of getting organized with binders. Figuring out what it is that you wish to organize. Once you figure this out though, your life will get a whole lot easier.

So let’s put in the work to get you to your overall goal; an organized life!

I find that seven categories can completely balance all areas of your home and life for an easy management system.

THE DAILY PLANNER BINDER. This daily planner will be your go-to binder for your everyday needs. Check out all of these great things to put in this type of binder.

  • Notes & Thoughts
  • To-Do Lists
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Personal Contacts
  • Special Events Planning
  • Password Keeper
  • Personal Goals
  • Vision Board
  • Habit Tracker
  • Routines
  • Wish Lists

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS BINDER. This will be an essential binder in your organization’s system. The important documents binder is not just for documents but for the valuable information you and your loved ones would need in case of any emergency. By using simple clear page protectors you can easily insert documents you need.

  • In Case of Emergency Page
  • Certificates
  • Vehicle Information & Titles
  • Passports, IDs, Social Security cards
  • Official Transcripts
  • Wills, Medical Directives, POA
  • Pet Records & Vet Visits
  • Major Transactions & Payoffs

BILLS & BUDGET BINDER. This binder will help you maintain and track all of your finances and goals in one spot. Never pay a bill late again all while keeping track of your credit score.

  • Bill Paying Log
  • Monthly Bills
  • Annual Expenses
  • Savings Tracker
  • Debt Tracker
  • Credit Score Tracker
  • Financial Goals
  • Online Bill Pay Password Keeper

HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER. This kind of category is often overlooked but is so important. Keeping track of when things need to be done and what home services you use can help you keep your home maintained.

  • Home Contacts
  • Maintenance Schedule
  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Home Project Planner
  • Home Repair Log

RECIPE & MEAL BINDER. What I love about this binder is how much easier everyday life will be when you take the time to organize your family’s meals. It’s a large category that we all try to just “remember.” Get it all out on paper and free up that valuable mental real estate!

  • Grocery Lists
  • Monthly Meal Calendar
  • Food Inventory List
  • New Recipes to Try
  • Appetizer Recipes
  • Breakfast Recipes
  • Lunch Recipes
  • Side Dish Recipes
  • Dinner Recipes
  • Dessert Recipes

HEALTH & FITNESS BINDER. Have you ever dedicated this much time to organizing your health & fitness? Maybe this level of commitment to organizing it could help you reach your goals and stay on track!

  • Health & Fitness Goals
  • Weekly Personal Stats
  • Monthly Exercise Tracker
  • Mental Health Check In’s
  • Exercising Ideas
  • Dr. Info & Visits

HOLIDAY PLANNER BINDER. The holidays hit us like a hurricane sometimes and without a budget or a plan we could end up overwhelmed, with drained bank accounts. The holiday planner binder will help you organize all the details so you can just sit back and enjoy the holiday.

How to make your binders look pretty.

Now that you have a better understanding of what to put in these organizing binders it is time to figure out how you want them to look.

This is an opportunity for you to not only organize your life within the binders but keep your physical environment organized as well. Luckily, binders have a very sleek design already which makes them very easy to blend into any space.

What makes a difference will always be size and color. Purchasing your binders at the same time will ensure that they are all the same size and/or color.

Black, white, grey, blue, or even a fun rainbow will give your organized binder system a beautiful flow that will be visually appealing as well as functional.

The same can be said for the divider tabs you decide to use within your binders. If your handwriting is beautiful by all means, write out your tabs yourself, but if your handwriting is not, consider a label maker or printing out the tabs from the computer for a fresh clean look throughout.

Do not forget to label the spine of your binders. This is how you will be able to tell which binder is which.

Since this is what you will see every single day, take the time to create a label for the spine that you will love. Print it out, use a label maker, or take a chance on writing it out if your penmanship is an A+.

Another great thing to consider for your binders is clear page protectors for documents you wish to not hole punch. There are dozens of different types of these inserts and some are even designed for recipe cards!

Where should you organize your binders?

You now have these gorgeous, organized, and hopefully color-coded beauties and it’s time to figure out exactly where to display them.

Every home will have a different place and a different system, but one thing remains the same for everyone.

Make sure they are accessible!

If you tuck away these binders on the top shelf of a closet, you will never use them.

Don’t let that happen to you!

If you took your organizing binders to a new level by making sure they will look good with your home esthetic then you will be able to put them anywhere in your home.

Here are a few examples of where you can store or display your organizing binders.

  • In a drawer.
  • On a wall-mounted shelf.
  • In a kitchen cupboard.
  • On the kitchen counter.
  • On a bookshelf.
  • On a rolling cart.
  • In a basket.

Where you can get organizing binder printables.

Organizing pintables will be your best friend throughout this process. If you are a whiz with Word, Canva, or even Excel you’ll be able to create your printable pages to fill your binders.

If you’re a pen-to-paper type of person, you could even take on the tedious task of writing out your versions of organized binder pages.

Or, you can print out organizing printables that have already been created!

My organizing binder printables are not only one of a kind and incredibly detailed, but they will help remove the overwhelm of this process!

The point is to get organized with binders to reduce stress. So if the thought of having to create or find binder printables on the internet is too much to deal with, I have a solution ready for you.

You can simply purchase and print out life planner printables right here!

What’s sort of wonderful about my life planners is that once you purchase it, it is yours forever. You will be able to save it, and print out whatever you need whenever you need it!

My life planners are 140 pages of seriously organized & detailed printables for a seven-binder arrangement. These seven binders were thoughtfully designed in mind to organize every avenue of your life.



This organizing binder system was designed for all those farmhouse lovers out there. It’s classy with that country flare. The simple grey, black, and white design is easy on the eyes and even easier to use.


If you love color then this planner is for you! Although it seems a little wild, a rainbow palette has been known to help distract anxiousness with a sense of calm. What more could you ask for out of a planner?


Simple, sophisticated, and far from boring. This planner blends modern with a traditional twist, and it couldn’t be more perfect for someone seeking a minimalist lifestyle.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to use these Organizing Binder printouts for the best possible experience!

  • Invest in some clear sheet protectors. Especially for the Important Records binder. Use them to actually insert your certificates, titles, IDs, etc. Now you will always know where they are.
  • Each binder printout has some blank tab inserts to add more sections you may need to get even more organized.
  • Show your family member what you have in these binders so they know where they can find the information they may need in the future.
  • Once you press print, you have the option to print out specific pages. Keep this in mind when you need to print out just a few pages and not the entire binder system.

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If you’ve never considered trying out a new organizing system for your home, I would highly encourage you to get organized with binders!

There are a lot of things to think about, plan for, and commit to, and it can get overwhelming. By having such a detailed and simplified organizing system available you might just find that organized life you’ve been searching for…

Happy Decluttering!

One thought on “How to Get Organized with Binders

  1. So inspirational. Thank you for the ideas. Is there a link to order the clear binder holder in the top rack of the rolling cart? I would love to have that. Thank you!

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