Posts Tagged ‘binder
We are prone to paper clutter. Are we alone? I don’t know what it is, but we have lived for the past three years of our marriage with piles of papers around the house, usually on the dining room table. We make lists and leave them out so we remember to look at them. When mail comes in, instead of having a place for all the different types, they would sit in different piles. I can’t stand it anymore! So, I decided to become proactive! I created a home management binder using mostly free printables (for now) until we know for sure it works for us. I’m tempted to design my own binder pages one day, but for now, it seems to be working for us. Come along on a tour of our Home Management Binder!
- My Filofax post with video
- Binder @ Staples
- Alejandra.tv Binder Video
- Folder dividers
- Label maker
- Martha Stewart teardrop stickers
- Laminator and pouches
- Project management notebooks post with video
- Date night post
- 2014 Monthly Calendar
- 2015 Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Docket Planner (this wasn’t free, but was purchased in a limited-time bundle with a bunch of other printables)
- Master To-Do List
- Two To-Do Lists (we use one for me and one for San)
- Bill Tracker
- Grocery/Shopping List
- Pantry Inventory
- Freezer Inventory
- Cleaning Chart (I wrote in all the chores and added the color coding in Photoshop)
- House Projects
- Bucket List
Have you ever stopped to think about how much your life has changed since you were a child? Now that I’ve been in the “real world” for a couple of years, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when I compare my life to how it was back in high school or even in college. I’ve always been motivated to do things and often over-fill my plate, but working fifty hours a week with a business on the side is a lot different than working 25 hours a week and taking a full college course load. As easy as it is to feel overwhelmed when thinking about how much more I have to do these days, it is also just as easy to feel optimistic when I think of all that I have learned about time management over the years.
One way I have always stayed organized is through the use of a planner. In high school, my school gave out planners to each student to stay organized. I diligently wrote down my extracurricular activities, assignments, and social engagements (because I was super fancy and called them ‘engagements’ back then – not) so that I wouldn’t forget. In college, I scoured stores for the perfect planner that would give me enough space to write everything I needed to do while not being too large to lug around everywhere. However, as more was piled on to my “to do” list, more time became devoted to finding the perfect planner.
During my final years of college, I transitioned to the Erin Condren Life Planner. I loved that it was colorful, inspirational, and more structured than a lot of other planners I had used. But, once I started my business and began teaching full-time (which I am now no longer doing but am nannying full-time), I needed something more. I wanted a place to do long-term planning, daily planning, keep track of our meal plan, budget for the month, remember important dates in the future, and track progress in my health. I wanted something that no store had prepackaged and ready to go for me. I needed something customizable.
Enter the Filofax brand back about a year ago. I purchased a Dakota personal size Filofax that I used for a few months. I loved the customization capabilities but ended up hating the size. As nice as the personal size was for carrying around, it was horrible for me when it came to writing things down because I tend to make very long, detailed (sometimes sloppy) lists that I constantly had to rewrite because the personal size didn’t have enough room for me.
I know not everyone carries a planner, especially in adulthood if you don’t have a job that would require you to keep track of meetings and things like that, but they have been a lifesaver and timesaver for me! I love to share things with others in the hopes that it can encourage, inspire, and inform them. I created a video tour of my planner so you can see how I have it set up, what I used, and exactly how I use it. I hope it helps you in some way!
I would love to know how you keep track of things to do! I’d also love to know of any products that you love for staying organized and accountable! Happy planning!
This post is linked up to A Bowl Full of Lemons’ One Project at a Time.