When my husband, Mike and I first moved into our home, I was beyond excited to finally have a place to call our own. A place to start our little family! A place to build traditions! A place to entertain!
Of course, owning a home is not all cupcakes and parties. There is a lot to manage and maintain. So much so that keeping an organized home can be a job in and of itself. One way I found to keep things running smoothly was to create a Home Maintenance Binder.
In this binder I keep all the information I need to keep our home up and running. The binder is divided into sections, one for each area of maintenance our home needs. From plumbing to landscaping, every area has its own section. This allows me to quickly find old invoices, file new ones, and find my electrician’s number at a moment’s notice. Plus, having everything in one place (instead of scattered in different files throughout my filing cabinet) allows me to easily get a clear overview of my home.
The first section of my binder is a Maintenance Schedule. Here I keep a list of all the things that need to get done to prepare my home for each season. Such as, covering our central air conditioning unit in the fall, or starting up our snow blower to make sure it works before the first snowfall of the year. Having this list prevents many disasters…like forgetting to blow out your sprinklers and having your pipes freeze and burst. Things we never had to think about when we lived in our little apartment!
After an overall maintenance schedule, additional sections are dependent on your home’s particular needs. However, the following list will give you a good starting point:
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm System
- Garage Doors
- Power Washing
I also suggest keeping a Home Improvements Binder, to file contractor’s numbers, invoices for work done to your home and estimates for upcoming jobs.
These binders keep all of the information I need to easily maintain my home, contained and organized in a way that is simple and efficient.