Apr 28, 2011

The Wedding!


I admit that I am excited about watching the royal wedding tomorrow morning. I can't believe I'm going to get up at 4:30 to watch, but I just love pomp and circumstance and am interested in what Kate will be wearing.

I snickered this morning when my 13 1/2 year old daughter, who is my stylish social butterfly, talked about how she would love the wedding to be held later in the day so we could have a Wedding Party.

Complete with...

Union Jack Nails

Fancy Suits and Hats




And Croquet
Sounds like a fun afternoon to me!

Apr 25, 2011

Command Central

One of the things I have learned from so many awesome organizational bloggers is that life is much easier when daily paperwork and basic supplies like pens and post-its are at your fingertips. As a busy mom of two children, there are always things to keep up with--notes to sign, coupons to clip, receipts to save, etc.

I previously kept these things in lots of different places--some in the microwave cart, some clipped to the refrigerator, and who knows where else! Pens were never close at hand and post-its were downstairs in the basement.

I finally decided that something needed to be done. I cleared off one section of my counter top and designated the space to my important papers and supplies. First, I searched for a container for holding file folders, but everything I found was too wide. I needed something narrow because I don't have that many files, and I didn't want it to take up much space. I finally got my daughter to let me use one she had in her room that was the perfect size. I'm supposed to replace it, of course ;-).

I attached a calendar for my daughters' school information and schedule.
Next to the folders, I have a cup of pens and pencils (from Starbuck's) and a letter sorter (from TJ Maxx) which holds pads and post-it notes.

I have seven file folders. One day I will make proper labels for them. :)

This has helped me so much and has kept me so organized. All I have to do is pull out the proper folder, and everything I need is right in front of me.

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Apr 21, 2011

I'm Here

More posts are on their way, I promise!! Life is getting in the way of my blogging time. I work full-time and have two active children who keep me very busy. Editing photos takes so much time, but I'm getting the hang of it.

Be back soon!

Apr 6, 2011

Household Binder Love

I've seen family binder challenges all over blogland since January. Thanks to so many great, inspirational bloggers, I have been motivated to clean up and bring some order into my home. I love to be organized and could be really obsessive about it if I didn't control myself! I mean things like color coordinating EVERYTHING--labels, containers, tab folders, etc., or spending copious amounts of time figuring out how to determine categories for filing, etc.

But, thanks to bloggers like Jen from iHeart Organizing, I have put my organizational skills to work. I decided to participate in her Household Binder challenge.

Without further ado, here's how I organized my binder. I still have some work to do, but it's a start. I used most of Jen's wonderful printables (and of course tried to color coordinate everything!).

Here's my binder:

I was going to get one of Target's pretty ones but decided to be frugal and use something I already had on hand. I got some pretty scrapbook paper from Michael's and slipped it into the clear pockets on the front and spine. I didn't label my binder or put in a cover sheet, because it's the only binder (so far) that I have. A recipe binder will follow at some point.

I got the pocket tab dividers from Target:

And labeled the tabs with these categories:

Important Dates
Important Information
Auto Logs
Gifts and Wish Lists
Household Wants

Here's what's inside:

Important Dates


Important Information

Auto Logs

Gifts and Wish Lists

Household Wants (in this section I included places to jot down things I'd like to get for the house or movies or books that I'd like to read)

Finances (I made up my own charts here. I pay almost everything online but do get a couple of bills. Those will be placed in the front pocket of the tab divider. All I really need is a place to jot down the bills that need to be paid for the month, the amount, when they are paid, and totals.)

That's it for now. I have room left to add categories if needed, and I would also like to add a zipper pouch to keep pencils, pens, stamps, and anything else I might need to keep the binder up and running.

I'm looking forward to having everything all in one place!

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