Organized Home, they are called Household Notebooks and you should hop over there to get the whats, whys, and hows about making one! They also have a ton of free printable pages.
(don't have a sitter and don't go anywhere), budget (I use Quicken for that), emergency phone numbers (um, iPhone), menu planning and grocery lists (already have a system for those), to do lists (I already make a zillion of those!), and then several sections for cleaning (crickets, crickets).
|I have this calendar in the back cover.|
I needed a solution to the my piles of papers in the kitchen (and my bedroom dresser, but I don't want to get ahead of myself!). See, I didn't need help with a budget, or emergency contact numbers, or a cleaning schedule.
I get papers from school and I never know where to put them. So I make a pile for school papers. Then I get something in the mail that I need to keep, and it goes in another pile. Coupons get stuck in a drawer, then I forget about them. Important papers go on the fridge. I have *lots* of important papers. One pile might be things to get done today. Another pile is for things that can wait 'til next week. So, piles all over my kitchen. Then my husband comes home and mushes all my piles into one big- but neat- pile. He thinks he is helping, but he just messed up my system! Which means, digging through the really big pile to find everything and re-sorting it all later.
This is me:
This is me:
I have tried folders. But too messy.
OK, that's all I have tried. : )
So these home management binders really got me thinking...I could apply this same concept to my paper mess! Check. It:
Here are my categories:
I Bought Supplies.
2 packs of pocket dividers
3-ring pocket thing that I have not really used for anything yet.
After using this book for a couple of weeks, I also need a zipper pouch for my coupons.
I Selected Categories.
My binder might be the only one without a section for cleaning- HA!
I started by jotting down the categories I thought I might use. I set up my binder and followed these preliminary categories for a few weeks before committing to a set of categories that I know will work for me. I committed to them when I busted out the label maker and printed the labels.
This binder (just Up&Up brand) is very cool, because it has two pockets in the front and back covers.
~~ I use the front cover to stow little "now" things- receipts, to-do lists, etc.
~~ The back cover holds things that need no attention- just need filed. (Mail, paid bills, or receipts) They are in the back and I will never look at them until I go to empty the pockets.
And the Binder Pocket (by Up&Up) might be useful for the coupons
Notice, no cleaning schedule???
Not that I don't need to clean. Ha! I need to clean. But seriously, I am not going to, let's say, wipe down my doors every Thursday, or dust on Mondays. Heck, I can't even commit to cleaning the kitchen floor on a regular basis. My method is, when it needs cleaned, I clean it. I tend to clean the kids bathroom in parts. One day I get the toilet, when I notice that someone peed on the seat. Next day the sink because it is covered in spit. And when I notice the bathtub has a ring of dirt around it, I clean it real quick before I give the kids a bath. See? It gets done. Just not on a set schedule.
So that's my new system. I have always been pretty good about going through the mail and immediately sorting the "recycle" from the "pay/keep". I also flip through catalogs and toss them into the recycle right then or same day. I just needed a system (and not piles everywhere) of the important papers.
I feel so organized now. I said "feel". No, I really am better organized now : )