Organization

Syncing Calendars

Category: Organization

We are a family of 4 and it gets very busy. So we use calendars quite a bit at home till we discovered the iPhone and iPad. I sync all our calendars to the main iPad at home. We all have iPhones and our youngest daughter has an IPOD Touch. So we are all aware what is going on in our daily life rather it is a bible study, youth group, pizza party, soccer games, gymnastics, work hours for our teen and etc. it has extremely helped us in many ways.

Downsize the Closet

Category: Organization

One of my resolutions this year is to downsize my abundance of clothes/Shoes/Purses/Jewelry/Accessories/etc. I'm sure many females can sympathize with my situation :) My closets, cabinets and dressers sre filled to the brim with stuff I don't really need. In order to accomplish this I given myself a system. If I haven't used or worn the specific item into applicable seasons, it is getting tossed, donated or given away. For example if I haven't worn a sweater since Christmas 2011 then I'm getting rid of it. I don't care how much sentimental value it holds if it is going to collect dust and there is someone that can put it to better use. Hopefully this system will simplify my life and de-clutter my home.

De-Clutter/Separation Anxiety

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Before every gift-giving holiday, thin out toys, books and clothes and donate them. The anticipation of the upcoming event eases the pain of separation. But what about the Precious? The Cherished? The toy no one plays with anymore but was once left at Cracker Barrel and you drove an hour to go back and get? Grab the camera! Photograph each item that's hard to give away. Photograph it with the child who's outgrown it. Tell those stories about when/why/how it became special. Talk about how another child will now have that same opportunity (minus the leaving-it-at-the-restaurant part). Then get it out of the house. Fast! Digital pics don't take up any space in the toy room or the closet. And the memories can still be kept forever. Separation anxiety solved.

Computer Passwords

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I was having trouble keeping track of the user name and password for the sites I visit. Solution: I bought a small purse size address book. I write down the website under the appropriate letter such as WBGL.org under W and then list my user name and password. I do this in pencil in case they ever change and keep the book in the same place in my office area so it is easy to find each time I need to refer to it. I also go through every once in a while and delete any sites that I no long use. No more trying to remember which password or user name I used on which site.

Mail

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I open my mail at my desk where I immediately throw all envelopes from the opened, junk mail, etc into the trash. I tear off my payment stub and lay it in the flap of the payment envelope (so I can see what is due and when). I then put it in order by due date if I have any other bills and place it in a file folder to be paid. I put my portion of any mail into 1 of 2 other file folders: 1 is for tax deductible receipts and the other for misc bills such as utility, etc. Then when it's time to pay bills, everything is in order and ready to be paid. You could also go so far as to stamp your return address on the envelopes if time permits.

Unwanted Mail

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This works with my family and everyone gets to participate. We all get 'unwanted' mail, so here’s a way to get it out weekly without the need for a reminder. Place an empty paper grocery bag wherever you place the daily mail or in the mudroom/laundry room (worn large gift bags or small boxes also work well). At mail time, quickly scan through your mail and immediately toss in whatever you know you don’t plan to read. Do this every day, until it’s time to set out the trash. Any mail that has accumulated must either make its way into the bag, get handled or get filed. Toss in newspapers and already graded and reviewed homework assignments as well. Have kids scoop up the bag and place at the curb with your other recyclables. The bag also gets recycled and makes for easy carrying. Kids will be amazed at the amount of paper collected and will see how recycling helps protect God’s earth.

Storage for Plastic Bags

Category: Organization

Save an empty tissue box and use it to store plastic shopping bags.

Leftovers

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To avoid ending up with spoiled leftovers sitting in your fridge, clip a piece of paper (or notepad) and pen to your fridge. Write down each leftover you place in the fridge and the date you made it. Cross off as you consume. This way, you will always know what is in your fridge and how long you have before it goes bad!

Blog for Family

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I am a busy mom of four kids (2, 4, 4, 6), the wife of a youth minister, teach full-time and photographer-on-the-side. I don't have time to record every "first", funny kid saying, "awww moment", and other things that go in baby books. I started a blog for my family and enabled text messaging. Now, whenever something happens that I want to remember forever or want my kids to read (favorite verses, lyrics, quotes), I just text it in. Then, every January, I print off a blog book for the year previous. Voila! A very detailed book of our past year, helpful hints for the future, and those moments that I want to be forever memories. My kids love reading what they used to say, what we did together as a family, proud moments we want to remind them of and it is my hope that they share with their own children someday!

To-Do List as Phone Background

Category: Organization

Every morning I write out my to-do list for the day. I then take a picture of it with my phone and set that image as my background/wallpaper on my phone. That way, whenever I look at my phone throughout the day, I am reminded of the things I need to get done.