Daily Life Binders: Organization Meets Genealogy

Who has time for family history when their daily activities are out of control? Is it possible to be more organized with your everyday life while creating a family history keepsake in the process? Of course, there is!

Think of your ancestors. Do you know what they did day to day? Do you wish you did? Would it tell you of the things that mattered to them, distracted them, or things they wish they didn’t have to do? If you answered yes to these questions, consider for a moment that you are someone else’s ancestor. If you have a child or a grandchild, they’ll want to know about your day to day life, and it’s super easy to make that happen.

Add a year label to the spine.

Tool List for Daily Life Binders

  • One 3-inch 3-ring binder
  • Page projectors
  • Your important reference documents and calendars.

Content for Daily Life Binders

There are so many papers, lists, and memorabilia that passes through our home in a year. What kinds of things would you want to keep in a Daily Life-Binder as the year rolls along that can become a keepsake when the year is out? Check out this list of possible items to save in the page protectors.

Remembering Your New Year’s Resolutions
  • Yearly Goals & Mission Statements
  • Calendars
    • Monthly Google Calendars
    • Special Family Calendars
    • School Calendars
  • Book Club or Personal Reading Lists
  • Schedules, flyers, and awards from children’s schools and after-school activities
  • Announcements, prayer lists, flyers, newsletters, calendars, membership directories from churches, clubs, and social organizations
Organization for Correspondence
  • Contact information for doctors, service providers, HOAs, and social groups
  • On-going medical references
    • Diets
    • Prescription schedules
    • After visit summary reports
    • Hospitalization records
Healthy History meets Genealogy Organization
  • Sentimental birthdays, anniversaries and holiday cards
How to preserve greeting cards
  • Itineraries, planning material, and brochures from your recent or upcoming vacations
  • Other Items to Consider:
    • Letters Received
    • Personal Awards
    • Ticket Stubs
    • Resume
    • Newspaper clippings/printouts
    • Bucket List
    • List of favorites:
      • quotes
      • scriptures
      • movies, music, books

Whew! That’s a lengthy list.

Is your desk overflowing? Or is this the clutter hot spot in your home? It’s time to take charge of this stress creating a junk pile and turn it into a useful resource and a family history treasure!

Take each item and tuck them into page protectors. Combine several items together such as an invitation and the program from an awards banquet. Then arrange, and rearrange, the page protectors for ease of use.

Move page protectors to the end of the binder after an event takes place, thus leaving the most current activities at the beginning of the book. You can add sub-dividers or stick tabs to create sections as you deem necessary.

How to preserve awards and recognitions

If your binder is bulging, it’s time to pare down your content. Do you really need a flyer about the city art festival that your friend displayed at but you didn’t attend? Toss out that item. Do you really need five copies of your son’s “Student of the Month” award or can you keep one? Do you need all 75 Christmas cards you received or can you pare down to the photos of family and the most sentimental cards?

The beauty of the binders is you’re forced to only save what is useful and what matters most.

When the year is over, you can start a new binder or create a new section in a large binder to curate two years worth of content.

No matter what season of life you are in, you can benefit from a Daily Life-Binder as it serves to declutter your home in the present and preserve your personal history for the future. The best part is that it’s not that time consuming to maintain!

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

4 thoughts on “Daily Life Binders: Organization Meets Genealogy

  1. Thanks Louis! That is definitely an option for those who are comfortable with digitization. So glad you shared the idea that the same can be done and made virtual! I would still recommend printing the digital contents out every year or so as the tactile nature of books is fun to review.

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