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I wanted my first blog series to be on something that really was a turning point for my transition into my new, healthier, lifestyle. My parents did a great job of teaching me about basic life skills. Savings accounts, bills, investing, insurance, etc. But, in school, no one teaches you how what types of paperwork you need to keep, for how long, and why. The ‘life binder’ concept was the first big thing I started looking into when I learned about lifestyle blogging. I’d scour pinterest for hours looking for the best free printables I could use to completely organize every aspect of my home. Id see super cute fonts, and designs thinking that’d be something I’d never be able to design. I’m not creative, not really that techy, nor do i have any ounce of self-confidence to produce work for others…work that would be enough that someone would want to buy and use for themselves?!
Then, I had an epiphany. How was the research and subscribing I was doing to different women’s lifestyle blogs any different? There are how many people on this earth? Why not put my ideas out there to help someone else be inspired?! If I can look at someone else work and have it guide me or help me, why can’t I do that too?
This week will be about combining all the important paperwork in your life, into a binder. As a single, 23 year old, who rents, obviously at this stage in my life I don’t have much paperwork to organize. But, that’s the great thing about the life binder concept. It can be so easily adapted into something that fits for you! Want to keep all of your families social security cards in one spot? Need a space for all of your credit card info packets that hold the details of apr’s and late fee’s? I want to help you, no matter what stage you are in, in your life, create an organization system that you can use now and continue to grow with.
Honestly, it’s pretty comforting to know that I have all the important documentation in one, safe place.
To start the week off, I wanted to list the supplies I use for my life binder! You can click on the image or the link to be taken to Amazon where all the following supplies are on sale!!!
- I actually use two of the 5-tab dividers. I splurged on something cute for this binder, since it’ll obviously be around for a while!
- I also love love love the sharpie fine point pens. They don’t bleed through printer paper and make the printable sheets I fill in seem nice & neat.
- I went with a 1″ 3-ring binder for mine, but if you are putting this together for your family, you may want to go up to a 1.5 or 2″. I prefer the heavy-duty, my life binder already has a bit of wear and tear on it, and these seem to stay put together a lot longer!
Next, would be putting together the names of your tabs. For this series, this is how the tabs will be broken down (and how i use my binder) *I have 12 dividers in my binder, but there may be some tabs that don’t apply to your or you may have more, so buy as many divider tabs as you need :)* Listed next to the tab name, is the day this week I will be discussing more in-depth about what types of things should go in the sections. All days come with FREE printables!
- Day 1 (Today):
- Backstory, basic overview, supplies on amazon, and the schedule for rest of series
- Day 2:
- Current budget tab with expense and bill pay checklist printables
- Day 3:
- Personal,Doctor, Auto, and Insurance information
- Day 4:
- Banking & investment information
I am so excited to get to teach you about the life binder this week, be sure to subscribe below!
Click here for Day 2 on bills and expenses
Click here for Day 3 about doctors, insurance, and auto information
Click here for Day 4 about investment, banking, and debt!