Whatever your chore system, it is a good idea to have it documented in your management binder so that you always have it on hand. We keep ours in the kitchen by the phone.

Finally, I suggest that you make a pretty cover for your binder. You can use Word to do the layout and add a favorite Scripture verse and some clip art. Here are some of the lists I keep in my binder:

Errand Day

The Day Before Errand Day:

Balance the checkbook.
Check with other family members about errands that need to be run.
Plan menu and make shopping lists.
Put lists in your purse.
Pack the diaper bag.
If you have items to take to town, put them in the vehicle.
If you have stops to make after the grocery store, then put an ice chest in for your cold items.
Plan your route, in order to be as efficient as possible.
Plan for food, depending on the route.
Lay out town clothes and shoes for everyone.
Plan car activities for everyone.
Thaw meat for slow cooker.

On Errand Day:

Load slow cooker
Sam’s Club
Life Bridge
Friends’ houses
Post Office
Used curriculum store

Paperwork Day

Update calendar
Filing school paperwork
Book orders from the library
Clean out purse
Grocery lists
Meal planning
Lesson plans
Email purging
Notes and letters of encouragement
Insurance phone calls
Make appointments
Update and print calendars
Plan stops for errand day
Schedule appointment with each child to discuss schoolwork
Clean desk area
Gather library books and put in car
Update file folders

Gardening Day

Adult/Teen Assignments:

Mow lawn
Trim bushes
Weed flowerbeds        
Weed garden
Water garden
Garage—straighten and sweep
Lawn mower maintenance

Children’s Assignments:

Porch, deck, walls
Vehicles—trash, stuff, vacuum
Toy and trash pick-up
Refill bird feeder

Laundry Day

All laundry washed, dried, folded, put away
Clean laundry area; check supplies
Organize/purge drawers
Straighten clothing closets
Repair clothing; sew on patches
Identify clothes that need to be replaced

Kitchen Day

Meal in slow cooker
Clean/Purge refrigerator
Remove counter clutter and wipe counter
Clean kitchen windows
Scrub kitchen sink and faucet crevices
Wipe appliances
Clean top of stove
Clean stove hood
Clean oven
Clean under oven
Bulk cooking (brown meat, soups, granola)
Bread baking
Organize and clean one drawer
Organize and clean one cupboard
Organize and clean one pantry shelf
Clean top of refrigerator
Clean under and behind refrigerator
Mop floor

Just remember: You do not need to spend lots of time creating a whole new family management binder— instead, simply gather all your most-referenced papers in one place and keep extra copies of consumables. Once you have the basics, if you want to spend some time making it pretty—go ahead! Women crave beauty and order, and your home management binder can be both!

Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to five children (newborn to 21), and an author, conference speaker and director of www.homemaking911.com and www.wheatnthings.com.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: July 30, 2013