Back 2 School Binder: Mommy Edition

9/1/2013 - UPDATE!!

I've updated this printable significantly!  Come download my new AND BETTER version!




My 4 kiddos head back to school in a few weeks and to stay on top of it all, I have to be super organized!  It's so stressful to search for lost permission slips, elusive school calendars, disappearing project outlines and diorama instructions!  And even worse... to be doing that at midnight or when they should be walking out the door to catch the bus!  Don't miss the boat on something important and it's easy to stay organized if you have a system.  My secret to keeping my crazy life and schedule in check is my ...

Back 2 School Binder
MOMMY'S HOMEWORK EDITION


Inside, I have the school's annual calendar in my front sleeve... 
You'll be amazed at how often you refer to it!


Inside I have a clear-view file labeled for each kiddo... via my trusty old friend, Mr. Label Maker (a must have for any organized mama).  In these folders... I only keep *important* stuff!  Only things I'll need to refer to later... like classroom policies, schedules, grading matrix for upcoming projects, book report schedules, lunch account deposit slips... you get the idea.  Don't clutter this book with the "work" and "art" you kids bring home - there are other places to store those treasures.  THIS binder is MOMMY HOMEWORK only... stuff you need to stay on top of, stuff you need to sign, stuff you need to remember, stuff you KNOW you'll be looking for later! :)

At our house... immediately after the kids get home we do a "Backpack Check".  They get ALL of their papers from the day out and while they are winding down with a quick snack, I go through everything and sort it.  I usually end up with a pile of papers for recycling, a treasure or two for keeps... and things that need to go IMMEDIATELY into my Mommy Homework Binder.  That's the stuff that keeps the wheels running smoothly and I'm never stressfully *SEARCHING* for the important stuff.


Lastly... don't forget to label a folder for yourself!  If you volunteer to help in your school's parent organization or are a classroom helper... you'll have papers to keep track of too! :)

And...
 ...because it's *WAY MORE FUN* to use something if it's cute...
 I made a fun cover to share!


Happy Organizing!


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38 comments

  1. Another great idea!!! My oldest starts Kindergarten this year so I will be starting my schooling years off in the right direction.

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  2. Just hopping by to say hi from, Serendipitously ME, F.R.O.G.

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  3. Hi Colette:) Your tutorial is up this evening:) It's fabulous! I'm mentioning you in my "favorites" post tomorrow morning as well:)

    This planner is so cute and well-done- I am working on one myself now too!

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  4. What a fantastic idea - and cute too!

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  5. ...and thank you for the download!

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  6. What a GREAT IDEA! I have just downloaded it. I am seriously lovin' your blog :) So glad I found it the other day!!!

    ~Lori
    www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com

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  7. love this idea it is great way to keep it all together in one spot as a refrence guide. Thanks for the idea

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  8. I agree, if it's attractive, there is more of a chance that you'll use it. Yours is super cute!

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  9. Great job, I love it! I do the same thing as you, it helps keep me so much more organized:)

    Stop over for a visit sometime!
    Cara

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  10. Love this idea! I definitely think I'll be making one of these!
    Found you at Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff.
    Stop by for a visit at itssewfun-julie.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi... I'm your newest follower.

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  12. You rock mom! I have a HMB and this would go great in the school section. Awesome printable!!!

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  13. Great idea!
    I was thinking about making one myself for my youngest daughter.

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  14. What a great idea. And the cover page is awesome!

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  15. Just printed this for my folder! Thanks!!

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  16. This is such a great idea. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

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  17. My firt time here, and this is just what I need as my oldest starts school! Thank you.

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  18. Great idea! I use something similar, but yours is adorable!

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  19. Great idea for keeping us organized for back-to-school!

    xo,
    cristin @ simplified bee

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  20. very cool! I have a similar post on my blog today except mine is a Mom Binder...same concept but set up differently as I am a homeschooler. ;) Love your blog! I just surfed in here from WFMW.

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  21. Love it ! Such a cute cover too. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday.

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  22. LOVE this!!!! I showed your stuff over at Jellybean Junkyard and linked to you! www.jellybeanjunkyard.wordpress.com
    Karly

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  23. How sweet of you to share this with us other mommies! I already had my binder ready, but now I have an incredible cute cover to put in it. THANKS!!! Rebecca (visiting from Trendy Tree Creative Share)

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  24. Great Idea! Thanks so much for sharing - and for the wonderful cover!

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  25. How fun!! And I'm sure most of us Mamas can use a little more inspiration & organization to keep track of all the school happenings...and even better that its cute! :>

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  26. Oh, I love this!
    Thanks for the idea!

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  27. Brilliant~ I have 3 kids in school for the first time this year. I NEED this! Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  28. you are a smartie - this sounds like a genius idea!

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  29. This is sooooooo useful! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  30. I love this idea, wonderful
    Kisses

    Margaret

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  31. Thanks so much! I love this and can't wait to get mine all together!

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  32. Great idea! I for sure need one of these!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!! Also, I would love if you would come link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday party tonight or tomorrow!
    Hope you are having a great weekend and I see you around soon!!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  33. I need some more organization in my life. This is awesome! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    Love,
    The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

    http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/Strut%20Your%20Stuff%20Saturday

    http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-memories-digital-scrapbooking.html

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  34. What a great idea, I love to be organized but had never thought of an individual file just on school, glad I popped by. Now google friend following you. Please pop by, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

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  35. Great idea!!! Will be adding these ideas to my already too full Masia binder!!! (My Monkey calls me Masia rather than Mommy. LOL)

    craftyzoowithmonkeys.blogspot.com

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  36. This is such a great idea! I know I've seen this before but for a mom with a busy life like you but it was slightly different and able to be made for classroom teachers too. If you know of someone who has templates for this or could help guide me to making such an item to help organize myself (I'm a first year teacher--just got a job this week) and am looking to do so and organize the lesson plan ideas I come up with better. Thanks!

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