One of the blogs I follow is Cents To Get Debt Free. If you don't subscribe to this one, you really should. Phoebe is inspiring. I'm serious! She grows and harvests fruits and veggies, cans and preserves, grinds her own wheat, is super organized, is well balanced in her family life, and is a super sweetie. Needless to say, I learn something new every time I visit her blog.
She recently started a series of posts called Finding Freedom Friday. This series has been about getting organized through the use of a Home Management Binder. When I read this post, school, nursery school, dance, and gymnastics had just started (or was just about to start), and I already beginning to feel overwhelmed with all of the calendars, paperwork, scheduling etc. Therefore, I decided to give Phoebe's binder idea a try.
- Daily "To Do" list - I use one of these created by Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations and No Ordinary Moments. It is the format that works best for me.
- Calendars - I have a calendar for each month. On these calendars I mark things like school holidays, b-days, when dance/gymanastics tuition is due, appointments, and meetings. I use these calendars that I created using DJ Inkers clipart.
- Menu Planning - I use this one from Mom Advice. I also put all of my recipes for the current week together and into a page protector. If I am using a recipe from a book, I make a copy of it to put in the binder. This has been very convenient.
- Master Cleaning List - I have included this one (from Phoebe) in my binder, but I need to be more disciplined about sticking to it.
**My next goal is to create a Master Grocery Shopping List.
Filing BoxesTo keep up with my children's school papers and homework, I use magazine file boxes. I got these from Ikea. However, they are an "in store only" item. If you aren't lucky enough to have an Ikea nearby, you can also purchase them here Kraft Cardboard Magazine Organizers. I created name labels for each one and taped them on.
Then I let each child choose what type of clipart he/she wanted. I printed out the clipart and the kids cut out each picture and glued them to their boxes. I did not have contact paper, so I covered them with shipping tape.
In the afternoons, when the girls get home from school, the first thing they have to do is unpack their backpacks. They place their homework folders and important papers in their boxes. This has worked extremely well. Nothing gets lost and my kitchen table and desk aren't covered with a mountain of papers anymore.
Yes, I do realize that I have published a picture with my children's real names. After considering it for a while, I have decided to begin using their real names in my posts. It feels more genuine to me. Junie B., my nine year old, is named Samantha. Fancy Nancy, my six year old, is named Gracen. Jesse Bear, my three year old, is named Weslyn (Wes for short).