This is what I call my “Grand Central Station”! I have everything in here I need to keep myself organized. I have compiled a list for a couple years of the things I would want in it. I’m still switching things around occasionally, but here is the general idea!
I just used a regular binder I had around, I think I got it at Target last year on clearance.
I do like this binder because it already has a few file pockets just inside the cover! I file my hobby store adds, grocer store adds, a pocket for envelopes, and a little spiral notebook.
I also have a pencil pouch in the front with pen, pencil, highlighter, calculator and scissors for clipping coupons.
Next you see a bunch of tabs. I have one for each month, and then one for *Emergency Contacts (like Doctor numbers, babysitters), *Contacts w/ birthdays/addresses, business cards for the random numbers I need to know on occasion like the guy I call to sharpen my hair cutting scissors, *Fun (park/activity info)! Within each month I have another 4 tabs..one for each week!
So, turn month 1 over and (my dividers have pockets) I have bills tucked in the pockets, or any other mailers I need to take care of.
The next page is a monthly calendar for breakdown of that months birthdays, appointments, etc. And following that page is a one month overview write up of menus for the month.
Within each week…
I have a weekly schedule to the 1/2 hour. I REALLY like this, because, depending on how organized I am for the day..lol..I can put down when I want to do dishes, naps for the kids, laundry, appts, craft, blog, etc.. It helps me be a lot more productive from day to day (some of you that have served a mission for the LDS church..over 7 years ago, may vaguely recognize this! :))
Then I have a grocery list for the week (looking back at my menu and figuring out what I need to buy. (found this one online HERE)
Then I have my Cleaning Checklist for the week.. This REALLY helps me make sure I get everything done in the week that I need to! Something about having a checklist helps me..and I have heard that actually making check marks..releases endorphins, which helps you feel better as well! :) I have a “To Do” place on this list for the week as well, for errands I have to run, people I need to call, etc..
I also have some loose leaf paper for notes/ and journaling, and whatever else I may need it for. The back folder pocket (front of next months divider) I keep any receipts I may need to keep. Other ideas..expense reports, car mileage, or whatever else you may need to keep track of!
at the end of each section I have a few slips of the plastic pockets for baseball cards.. but I use it for coupons!
Okay, so at the end of a few sections I also have some other ‘organizational’ stuff, like for holidays. ie.. February: 14 days of love ideas; December: 12 days of Christmas, Gift lists, etc..
*Contacts: 2 small dividers: 1.)Addresses.. a list of church directory, and friends addresses, etc. that I may need for mailing birthday cards & 2.) birthday section has just a long list in chart form of names, e-mails, birthdays and anniversaries. (personal info, so I won’t show it!) 3.) Business Cards is just a section for the random numbers I need to know on occasion like the guy I call to sharpen my hair cutting scissors.
*Emergency contact ideas.. Dr. Offices, Hospital, Police, Poison Control, Emergency Contacts (family/friends to contact if emergency), etc..Insurance info (if needed), babysitters, Visiting Teaching numbers, etc.. (I also have a couple business card holder sheets here as well!)
* Fun - w/ brochures of places to go and times they are open, parks and schedules, pools and locations, gym class schedule, lists to have on hand in case we go camping or a road trip, etc..so I don't forget anything. (I have a business card holder here)
*more section Ideas you could use: ~Preparedness - Food/Emergency Storage Info, ~Section for Husband – school schedule, any important info/papers, mail
If anyone is interested, I can see if I can figure out how to make some of my pages pdf, for download! Let me know if you are! I made most of them up just on Microsoft Word and Excel Documents!
Update: Okay, so with the help of Laura (thanks Laura!), I think I have this pdf thing firgured out! maybe! Click on the links to down load!