Organization

Meal Planning

Category: Organization

I have a tip for making dinner simpler and avoiding the "Its 4:00 p.m. what am I going to make for dinner?" I have 20 dinners organized over a four week period. Every thing from chicken parmesan, round steak, crock-pot meals, ribs and vegetable meatballs,etc. It makes grocery shopping easier and am saving money because I only need to buy the ingredients for those five dinners I have planned for that week.

Never Search for Keys

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Never search for your car keys again! We have four drivers in our family. We each have a basket inside the back door where we each put our keys everytime we drive. If we need to move one of our cars, or need to use our teenage son's little pick-up, we know exactly where to find the keys. What a time saver!

Small Space Organizing

Category: Organization

I am an older woman who lives with my son and daughter-in-law. I am also blind. I've had to learn to deal with the blindness and I also have to put quite a bit in a relatively small amount of space. I bought 3 book shelves of varying sizes that occupy my bedroom, and the walk-in closet. I have different sized and shaped baskets that sit on the shelves with bath supplies, cleaning supplies, spices, my medications, important papers, first aid supplies, etc. Each basket has a Braille label under it so that I know what is in the basket. Since I'm home, quite frequently, by myself, this makes getting things done and staying organized much simpler. You don't have to be blind for this organization trick to work. It's a great way to organize a child's room, or a home office.

Organizing Mail

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My husband and I are overwhelmed by mail and junk mail. The kitchen counter started turning into our store-all for mail. I knew a changed needed to take place! As the mail comes in, I am opening it right over a trash can and have a filing bin, out-going mail bin, and shredder right by me. So important mail gets filed, outgoing mail gets placed in a safe place, and junk mail gets in the shredder. It is definitely a simple organization trick, but has saved us from shuffling through piles and missing important bills/letters that were needing to be mailed out.

Google Calendar

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My husband and I are organized almost to a fault sometimes! We utilize Google Calendar. Each family member (there are 5 of us in all) has their own calendar, plus a calendar for the entire family, menus, holidays and anything extra that we need to keep track of. For instance, we are the middle school youth leaders and we have a specific calendar for that. Each calendar is color coded. We have these calendars set up so that Google will text us reminders on our phone of upcoming events. You can set how many minutes before the event you would like to be reminded!

Purge

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My goal is to get rid of the things I do need such as clothes I have not worn in a year and drawers full of papers and junk that I do not use. This is my year to purge. I want to lose weight by purging the junk food and simplify my home by purging the junk drawers!

Remembering Inportant Info

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As a mom of five children, trying to remember their social security or medical record numbers can be challenging, I put this information, along with phone numbers that I categorize: Emergency, medical, family, friends,neighbors, and business on index cards and tape them on the inside of my kitchen cabinet so if I need the number I don't have to look it up!

White Board

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We have a large dry erase board in our kitchen and below it are 2 strips of cork to hang schedule/papers on. There is a section for groceries and the kids know to write it on the board if something has run out. We've used it for reminders of upcoming due dates/calls to make/what we give up for Lent/etc. I used it for the grandparents too and keep a kids' schedule on the board if we're out of town. If task is completed - away it goes with the eraser.

To-Do List

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To simplify things and make sure we are on the same page, we create a list of 5 things we need to accomplish the next day after the kids have gone to bed. It can be as simple as: unload the dishwasher, pack lunches, give bathes, bake a loaf of bread, or vacuum. With the list, we found that we aren't getting frustrated with each other after work and have a set goal of what we want to accomplish that night, which equals much more time together once the kids have gone to bed!

Mail Stack

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I really dislike mail. My old way of dealing with it was to take the bills out, so I could pay them and leave the rest until later. "Later" rarely came, and the mail seemed to stack-up all over my kitchen counters. The stacks got bigger & bigger, until I'd have to stash them in a Wal-Mart bag when I was expecting company. Then it was really overwhelming to sort thru them when I had the time to do so.
UNTIL I made up a NEW WAY to deal with my mail! I now have 5 file folders in one of my kitchen cabinets. Each day when the mail comes, I sort the mail accordingly into the files. They are labeled as such: "Calendar" for things that need to be put on the family calendar, but are kept for reference or to take to appointments or events. "Pending/Holding" for things I'm waiting on, such as something mail-order. "To Do" for obvious reasons. "To Read" for things that I can't get to in the moment, but will look at later (I often take this file with me while waiting on doctor's appoiintments.) And "My Interests" for things that I'd like to keep or might reference later. Junk mail goes in recycling; catalogs and magazines get put in the magazine rack right away...and viola!! My "MAIL STACK" is NO LONGER!!!