Create a Family Life Organizer

Organization’s important in the workplace, but it’s just as important when it comes to your home and family, too. Family life can be just as hectic as your professional life—but with a family life organizer in place, you’ve got all your important family documents in order. Think of your organizer as a “command central” for your family, the ultimate reference guide for all your family needs. All you need to get started is a binder, a set of dividers, and all the vital information for your family. Here are some categories you might want to include inside your organizer. And since every family’s different, you’ll probably want to create a few new categories of your own! Contact Information

Where’s the number for the babysitter? The vet emergency clinic? Or the plumber? Put it all together in the contact information section of your organizer so anyone can find it at any time. This section should hold all your emergency numbers and other frequently called or important numbers. Include your kid’s school and club directories, your relatives’ contact numbers, and even the essentials—like the phone number to your favorite pizza delivery place. And to make it even more convenient, add sheets of paper behind the numbers so you can easily take messages and jot notes without having to hunt for scraps of paper when you’re on the phone.

Health and Medical Records

Doctor appointments, dental visits, and vaccination records. How can you keep track of it all? With the family life organizer, you’ll have all your family’s information at your fingertips. Like the last time your daughter had an ear infection. Or a list of your spouse’s food allergies. Or even directions on how to get to your mother’s doctor. Create a page for every member of the family, and include important information such as blood type and allergy information. Keep track of each person’s medical history, and include dates and reasons for each medical visit. You can even add a page for family pets so you can keep track of their checkups and vaccinations.

Legal and Finance Information

If you’ve ever lost your wallet or purse, you know how time-consuming it is to cancel and re-order all your cards. So for easy reference of all your legal and financial matters, the organizer is your place to go. Make a copy of your bank and credit cards (front and back) and all the financial institutions you do business with in here. You’ll also want to include a copy of your driver’s license, passport information, and insurance information. If you want, add in utilities and service directories and budget sheets.

Important Dates, Gift Lists

You’ll never miss an important event with your organizer in tow. Here’s where you can keep a list of all those birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions that happen throughout the year. In addition, you can also keep wish lists, gift lists, and clothing size charts in your binder, making gift-giving so much easier.

Other Ideas

Every family is unique, so you’ll want to customize your organizer to suit your family’s needs. If you have school-aged children, you might want to include a school section. If you’re planning a vacation, add a travel section that includes a list of sights to see, your frequent flier numbers, and hotel and rental car information. Whatever you find important to you and to the members of your family, place it in the binder for safekeeping and future reference.

Once you’ve collected the information for your family life organizer, assembling it is a snap. Start with a good durable binder like the Avery Durable Binder. It’s built to last, and comes with EZ turn rings so pages turn smoothly and easily. To organize the inside of your binder, use Avery Index Maker Clear Label Dividers for each of your sections. The dividers come with an Easy Apply label strip, so you can quickly label all the tabs on the dividers at once. Just print, peel, and press, and you’ll have clear labels that virtually disappear, giving your dividers a custom, printed-on look. Then finish your binder with a personalized title page for the binder cover. Our free Avery Templates make it easy to create your own customized tabs, covers, spines, and more. Once you’ve created a family life organizer, you can rest easy knowing your family life can be just as organized as your workplace.