Organization Tips: Make an accountability binder

I have been on an organization kick for a couple weeks.  If you’re just tuning in, this is the third binder I’ve shared.  Check out my family binder and school binders.

Today I’m sharing an accountability binder.

Organization Tips: Make an Accountability Binder for your kids to teach work and money management www.thirtyhandmadedays.com


What is that you ask?  This binder has a chore and money system for my kids in it.  As they’ve gotten older, it’s become increasingly obvious that we need to be more consistent about teaching our kids how to work as well as money management.  I want them to go out into the world one day feeling confident and responsible.  It’s a work in progress.  This binder is almost as much for me as it is for my kids.  Being a consistent parent is tough sometimes.  Make that – most of the time!

Binders to help with organization www.thirtyhandmadedays.comI get excited looking at all my pretty binders in a row.  Is that ridiculous?


Here’s how it works:
In the front I have a zipper pouch I got at Target.  It’s the perfect time to get these supplies because they are everywhere and dirt cheap.  This zipper pouch holds receipts, money to spend (more on that below) and a pencil.

Chore Binder Supplies www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

There are a few sections in here.  One is for my kids daily checklist.  I found this daily checklist idea at 71 toes.  I just zhuzhed it up a bit and made it personal to my kids.

Daily Checklist for Chore Binder www.thirtyhandmadedays.comThe idea is that they do their checklists every Monday-Friday.  At the end of the week they will earn checklist money: $5/week.  That number seems to work for now so we’ll stick to it until it doesn’t.
Just so there are no “I didn’t know what I had to do” moments, I’ve spelled it all out and put our expectations in a sheet protector.  The “practicing” is for practicing the piano but it could be for anything.

Daily Chores www.thirtyhandmadedays.comOne of the checklist items is “family chores” – these are chores that will rotate daily.  I will add more but these are the basics that my kids know how to do already.  And then we will do chores as a family on Saturday but these will be bigger projects.

Family Chores www.thirtyhandmadedays.comThen there is the money section.  I found this fabulous chore post by Ducks in a Row and adapted it to fit our family.  I think having a sheet to record money transactions is so awesome.  Now my kids can see exactly how much they have and will be able to tell what they’ve deposited and withdrawn.   I think we’ll stick with the 10-20-70 ratio that Shawni from 71 toes talked about in her post.  10% to tithing (church), 20% to savings and 70% to spend how they want.

Money Sheet www.thirtyhandmadedays.comI could do a whole post just on money management…. hmmm…..maybe I should?  But I think the main thing is to do what works for your family and to stick with it.

Organization Tips: Binders to keep you on track www.thirtyhandmadedays.comLooking at all my binders makes me beyond happy.  My checklist just got a little shorter.  Ahhhhhhh…. feels so good to be one step closer to being organized.  I hope you join in and do the same!

Download a generic printable version of the sheets above:

Printables for accountability binder www.thirtyhandmadedays.com
Accountability Binder Cover
Binder Spines
Daily Checklist
Daily Activities
Family Chores
Money Sheet
As always, 30days printables are for personal use only.  Thanks!

 

School Binder with printables from www.thirtyhandmadedays.comCreate a Family Binder www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Looking for other ways to get more organized? Check out my School Binders and Family Binder with lots of printables too!

Organization Tips: Make an Accountability Binder for your kids www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

So what do you think? I know chores and money are a hot topic.  How do you teach your kids to work and about money?  Did your parents do anything really well or wish they’d taught you better? I’d love to hear any tips/tricks/ideas you have in the comments!



Check out my whole binder series:

Mique
Hi- I'm Mique (as in Mickey). I started 30days as an idea file a few years ago. After three years and hundreds of ideas, I now realize that I'll never check them all off my list. When I'm not creating, I love spending time with family and friends and long drives, especially if they end at the beach.
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Comments

  1. Gillian says

    I love what you have done here and can’t wait to implement these tools with my kids! Can you tell me how to put their name on the printable? Many thanks.

  2. Alicia says

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to use these with my kids. The only thing I am missing is the Morning/Evening page. Can you upload that or send to me? I am a weirdo and love for them to match all the other fonts and colors of all the pages you worked so hard to make. Thanks again.

  3. jacorien says

    hi Mique, this is awesome! i’m always looking for ways to organize my life and money and affairs better, and this would be perfect! thanks for the inspiration!
    groete uit Suid-Afrika!

  4. Amanda says

    I wanted to print the accountability sheets but some are blank and not editable. Can you help me with this? I was hoping they would be set up the way you displayed them (minus the child’s name of course).

    Thank you.

  5. Ellen says

    I love this! Is there any way that you would consider offering the neutral palette in the 8 1/2 by 11 version? I would love to use it for my son. Thank you so much!

  6. KImberly VanZandt says

    Thank you!! I love all of these, I can’t wait to get organized!!! I am looking forward to seeing all of folders lined up!! :)

  7. Ruth Blair says

    Love it! My 10-yr old daughter saw this on my Pinterest and keeps asking me to make it for her and her three younger siblings :) I’m not very computer savvy, so while I can download the forms, how do I add their names to the binder cover sheet? It automatically opened it in Adobe, should I somehow get it into a different program? Thanks!

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  11. Cherie says

    Thank you!! i just discovered you on Pinterest and am so excited to use some of your ideas to get more organized – teach my kids about money management in a visual way – thank you for sharing your gifts with us all!!

  12. says

    I have three words for you, awesome, AwEsOmE, AWESOME!

    Love this! Can’t wait to get home tonight and do some print outs and start the organising – esp Budget.

  13. Kaitlan says

    Oh my goodness! I just discovered your blog and I’m in my own type of heaven! These are all amazing! Thank you for putting the work together! I’m so excited to start using some of these fabulous printables! Amazing! Thank you!

  14. Genny Salgado says

    Hello Mique! It’s very late (1:34am) and I have been searching forever for the font that Julia’s name is in on the Accountability folder. Please can you email me the name or the link so I can sleep, lol. I absolutely love it and would love to use it. thank you so much.

    Very Grateful Mommy
    Genny Salgado

  15. Julia says

    I think I should make one of these for my husband. I would really like to not be the only one in the family that knows where our money is and is going.

  16. Melissa says

    Thank YOU so much for the inspiration and printables! I have been trying to get ‘it’ together for a couple years now. I just happened to stumble across you by searching for a cute, easy to read calendar to print for my aging grandma to help us/her keep track of taking her medicine each day. I found YOU! I have a bill binder implemented from last year, but you are the finishing piece to my Family Binder!

    Thanks Again!
    ~Melissa

  17. Nancy Saller says

    I wish I had done this 40 years ago especially with my son as he, age 40 has a problem with money burning a hole in his pocket, can’t seem to control his spending!

  18. Jennafer says

    OMG!!!
    Just want to say it’s 1am and my poor printer. I have printed basically every folder page out, and had to re-place my ink. :) ALL worth it tho. I have also wrote a list of supplies that I need to go buy tomorrow. When all the binders are done I’m going to feel such a RELIEF.
    Thank you so much for post these all AWESOME printables.
    I am a new follower of your on Pintrest.
    I the type of person that if it isn’t written down or on a list I will never do it.
    Thanks again this is going to really help my family!

  19. Hannah says

    Thank you so much for making and sharing these! They are fantastic and it is so generous of you.

  20. Ana says

    Hi!, May I ask in what program do you make your printables, they are fantastic, I love them, but, I am from Mexico and I can´t really use them, I get the idea and make them in power point or word, but they are not as cute.
    Or if there is some way that I could edit them for translation.
    Thank you!

  21. Jessica says

    All of your binders and printables are PERFECT! Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Now I’m off to the office supply store for ink and binders Thank You!

  22. Katja says

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your ideas are wonderful and I really can’t thank you enough for sharing. I have a 13 and 14 year-old, I’ll let you know how it works with them.

  23. Paula says

    Hi. I was wondering if there was a way for you to send me your templates as word docs? To convert a pdf to a word doc you have to pay. Great idea.. I have been trying to figure out how to get my kids to have more responsibility.

    Thanks!

  24. says

    oh i forgot to tell you that NO it’s not ridiculous to get excited looking at your binders all in a row, i was kinda giddy about it myself! they have a clean design and are colourful and very appealing to the eye ;)

  25. says

    wow! this is awesome Mique, thank you so much for sharing these tips. this might be the thing i need to get my kids to do their chores and keep doing them. it (hopefully) will also keep me on track with enforcing these rules… i usually tend to put a system in place (chart, rewards, stars…) and i do it consistently for a few days then skip one, then two and next thing you know i’ve forgotten weeks…
    thanks again!!!

  26. Jennifer Darling says

    Hiiii, I am so happy to have found your website! My goal this year for myself and my family is to get and be ORGANIZED! So Thankful for your free printables! I have already printed out most :) However, I do have a quick question… on the money sheet, it says Date, D/W, Description, Amount, and Total. I cannot figure out what the D/W stands for! I would love to use this sheet for keeping track of our bills but just cant seem to figure out that D/W. Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi Jennifer- I’m so happy you found me. The D stands for deposit, the W stands for W- like what you see on a checkbook balance sheet. ;) Hope that helps! Happy printing!

  27. says

    Hi, a huge thanks for these! They’ve made my life so much easier! Just a tip for the daily checklist. To save money and paper, laminate the checklist, and then just use a whiteboard marker to tick it. Then at the end of the week, you only have to wipe it off!

  28. Erin says

    Could you possibly tell us what is the name of the font you used for the script lettering? Since it’s on the daily check list I would like to use it consistantly in the other spots you have used it. This is an awesome idea and one I think will actually stick with my daughter!

  29. Alexa ankeny says

    Would like to see more home office and important paperwork/bills organization solutions :) keep up the fantastic work!!

  30. Hilary says

    Love these,and am totally trying to make them. One question (I am TOTALLY electronically/computer challenged) How do I get my kids’ names/ chores into the downloadable charts? I download them, and am able to print them, but why can’t I type in them ? I know it’s possible, I just don’t know how :/ Thanks!

  31. Julieta says

    At what age do you recommend starting? I have a 4 yr old and wanted to start something with her. She is pretty smart but at times needs motivation to clean up on her own. She always wants someone to be with her and help. Thanks, J

  32. Renee says

    Just what I need in time for our upcoming Christmas Break! We’re rebooting a few homeschool/home organization routines and finding your blog is perfect timing :) Thanks! Looking forward to browsing your site thoroughly :)

  33. Amy Anderson says

    I checked all your family binder and school binders’ pages. These pages also contain great information. I shared with my friends also. Yes you are right that we need to teach our kids about the money management.

    Regards,
    Thepaperworker.com

  34. says

    I don’t have any children yet, but I know one day I will and I love this. I love everything organization and I can’t wait to do something like this with my children. THANK YOU for sharing :)

  35. Crystal says

    Mique, Thank you so much for these printables they are awesome and very helpful. Quick question, the Holiday binder printed fine for the mini binders, however the other two (family/accountability) print larger for a normal size binder. Did I do something wrong or need to change something on my end?

  36. Teri says

    I have to say that this is a great way to teach children how to be responsible. We have bee struggling with this very same thing in our home. I am going to add this to our teachings. Our biggest problem is the follow through. They start something and never finish it. Thanks for the awesome post.

  37. Amy says

    Thank you so much for these! They are super cute! I was wondering what font you used for the script one. Its adorable!

  38. says

    I found this via Pinterest and I am so glad that I did. Having a big chore chart on a wall just wasn’t working for us. This binder is perfect and I can customize it to their ages. Love this idea!

  39. Kris Lee says

    My brother and his wife have made their 8 children accountable for their money by holding personal budgeting meetings. They discuss what they are responsible for, such as school clothes, then they budget for tithing, gifts for family birthdays, savings, and etc. at 10 yrs old the oldest taught me a lot about being responsible for finances. What a great wife she will be someday.
    They have taught them to work, be responsible, and be self sufficient. All those old enough to have a job hold one down during the summer, then they also babysit and teach piano lessons to earn their money.
    I am working on my emergency binder this winter by getting all the important papers that I will need in one place. There will be: passports, birth certificates, insurance and banking info. Also credit card info, outstanding bills and balances, mortgage info, auto info and any rental unit info. Also info on wills, lawyers, contact info and any safety Deposit boxes and keys, aand any retirement fund info..This way if there is a tragedy my family will only have to pick up the binder to find all the info they need and can deal with it easily.

  40. Sarah says

    I am having the same problem as Krista, I am unable to edit the PDF so I am able to add in the chores below. I have a pink and purple glittery binder for my 8 year old and we are excited to start, but can’t seem to figure out how to edit this! Thx!!!

    Sarah

    • says

      Hi Sarah,
      The files themselves aren’t editable- so you can’t change colors or add words. I’ve tried to find programs to make PDFs editable and haven’t found any (reasonably priced anyway). So I posted the generic files so that you could write in the information for your family.
      Thanks!

  41. Katie Miedema says

    I love the the checklist but was wondering if the checklist isn’t done at the end of the week how much $ do they get then?

  42. Krista Brubacher says

    I’m technically challenged… how do I download these so that I can add my personal lists?? IE – the blank Morning/Evening list. Thanks!!

    • says

      Hi Krista,
      The files themselves aren’t editable- so you can’t change colors or add words. I’ve tried to find programs to make PDFs editable and haven’t found any (reasonably priced anyway). So I posted the generic files so that you could write in the information for your family.
      Thanks!

  43. Jona says

    This is an amazing idea! I have taken it and tweaked it a bit for a behavior accountability book for my son with Asperers. It’s a great way to have his visual schedules all in one place!

  44. says

    Love this! My almost 6-year-old has been ASKING ME to create a chore chart for him. And I’ve been intending to do so in conjunction with an allowance/money management system but haven’t been able to decide how exactly to get started. I think this is just the inspiration I needed…thanks so much!

  45. says

    Mique… Amazing blog. I think your ideas will give new direction and I am glad that I came across such unique blog. I also like the idea of binders and your daily checklist. Your ideas and pictures are really inspiring and will help people in their home organization.

  46. Tracey Ireland says

    Thank you so much for all the notebooks! I am on a notebook organization kick! I so wish things like this had been around when my kids were younger! Mine are 16, 14, and 9! I just now feel like I’m gaining some organizational control over our lives! And your printables are the reason! While I was printing off the school binder items, I thought I am going to print some copies for a young single mother I know so she’ll have this when her little ones goes to school! I am a font aholic! Can I ask what font you used when listing the family chores! Because of course I want mine to look like yours! Thanks again!

  47. says

    I really love your blog. Even though I don’t have children at home I do love the whole idea of getting organized and doing things on the cheap that are fun and creative.

    However, I was trying to find out how to follow you and honestly I can’t figure it out. I just copied and pasted your link to my blog reading pane. I am somewhat new to blogging and don’t even get me started on twitter or pinterest….uh yeah not a clue even though I have accounts for both.

    But all in all this is really a great idea. Can’t wait to get home and look for more since I am at work I can’t spend alot of time on here.

  48. Shauna says

    This is a fun idea. We already do the “banking” system and all the chores at our house have check lists so this is a great idea to keep them all together. I too love the colorful binders. They make me happy and I feel like I have accomplished something!
    Thanks for the idea!

  49. says

    Looking at your binders makes me happy too! Ahh the sweet relief of organizations! I’ve been organizing like crazy the past week to get ready for my first attempt at blogging while homeschooling. So far the last 2 days have gone pretty smoothly! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

  50. says

    This is amazingly cute and it makes me want to stay organized! I can’t wait to use this with my son. Any suggestions for using it with a kindergartner?

  51. says

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been wanting to redo what I have right now. These are getting downloaded and I’m getting organized again!

  52. Shelly says

    I think this is great!!! I still have a little while before my kids are old enough to read and know the paper work part of it. my kids do get paid for chores we follow more of the Dave Ramsey approach to things. I also take my kid yard selling and they have the chance to choose to spend or save. We do not loan or barrow in my house so if they have spent their money they are done and even if they find something that they really want they have to pass on it because they do not have money. Just my two cents :-) LOVE the colorful binders. I might have to start them now just so that we are all in the habit of it as they get older.

  53. says

    I found your site through Pinterest. I love your stuff! So cute and organized. I was wondering if you would mind sharing the fonts that you used on these binders? They are super cute too.

  54. says

    This is great! So many adults (myself included) have money issues. It is so smart to instill discipline and money knowledge in our kids at a young age! Beautiful printables, too!

  55. Sara says

    I love this idea…but my biggest hang up is where to keep all these binders. With three kids that takes up some valuable real estate. So, where do you keep yours so that the kids have access to them but they aren’t always laying on the kitchen counter? ;)

  56. says

    You are always so inspiring Mique!! Love your posts. We are doing an activity in September for RS on cleanings and organizing. I am passing all these ideas on to who ever ends up teaching it.

  57. says

    I love these as well. So awesome. I feel like I’m constantly asking did you brush your teeth?? Do you have on underware?? Luckily the answer has finally become yes to that second one, it’s wasn’t that way for a long time :)

  58. Morgan H. says

    I love the binders all lined up and ready for action! I must also confess I have a thing for fresh new school / office supplies, especially if they look nice and organized! I want to use something like this when my little ones are a bit bigger! Maybe I can convince the hubs to let me set up a binder like this for our family finances… A girl can dream, right?

    • says

      I like your thinking Morgan. Convince the hubs and go for it! I love all the binders lined up too….that represents a lot of hours but it feels so good to be organized!! Or at least *more* organized. ;) Have a great week Morgan!

    • Danielle says

      Morgan,

      It is important that you and your hubs are on the same page with finances. I pray you will do it and that he will be receptive.
      Danielle

  59. ashley says

    Wow what an awesome idea. I need to sit down and do something like this with my boys. I think visually seeing what they are using their money on would be super helpful. Thank you for the amazing printables.

    • says

      Thanks Ashley!! I think visually seeing everything will help big time for my kids. They start to realize that the $4 they spend on candy isn’t really worth it. ;)

      • Claudia says

        Hi! Love your idea and am going to try it. For that mom that her kids are not old enough to read. Just an idea. Since I have a 9 year old and a toddler I added pictures to your Morning and Evening routine.

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