"Therefore, be careful how you walk,not as unwise men but wise, making the most of your time." Ephesians 5:15
I was not born a natural orgainzer. Over the years I have come up with many ways to keep everything organized. Then I would have days where I just couldn't find anything, keep up with anything, or know what I needed to get done for the day. I came up with what I call, Organizational Binders. They are a 2" or more binder with labeled tab dividers, notebook paper,calendar, sheet protectors. And a designed paper or fabric inserted in the outside clear pocket. Printable templates are below.
For the Personal Organizer, I labeled each section for a certain area in my life. Ex: family,home,personal wellness,finances,cooking and entertaining, travel,friends gift ideas,family gift ideas. On the back of each different tabbed page I labeled what I specifically used that section for. for example: family section has ~ Goals to acheive ~Activity ideas ~family "to-do" list. Home has ~ decorating ideas ~"to buy" list, etc....
The Home Organizer : sections for cleaning routines, meal planning, address book, financial records and receipts, stamps,etc...
The Recipe Organizer: labeled each section for chicken, beef, fish, appetizers, salads, sides, desserts. This is where I keep all my favorite recipes handy and easy to find.
The Holiday Organizer: labeled each section for every other special holiday that I like to celebrate, prepare food for, and decorate. I also have a print out of each month and the "wacky" holidays to celebrate each month.
Wacky holiday are holidays like "the day the donut was invented". That day we have donuts or make donuts. "Neil Armstrongs Birthday"~ we look at the moon and stars at night. "Flag Day"~ we make a flag. "Quilt Day" ~ kids make a quilt
(how to make a quilt, kids style: have your child color a picture, press down hard. On a sheet , turn the picture color side down, lay cloth over that, and iron until it is tranfered. Repeat in blocks until the sheet is covered. We gave our quilt to their MeMe, the original quilt maker of the family! For more ideas for fun with kids, see Fun wth Kids Section)
Prayer basket and Binder
" In this world, it is not what we take up, but we give up that makes us rich." Henry Ward Beecher
Make a decision about financial responsibility. Start today. Get a Home Organizational Binder , envelopes, labels, budget worksheet. Then:
1. Calculate a budget
2.Make a goal for a retirement plan
3.Establish good credit
4.Look for ways to stretch a dollar
5.Buy thrifty. Goodwill, Salvatian Army, thrift stores, major stores clearance racks.
6.Teach kids the value of money. How to spend wisely and how to save wisely. Open a saving account in their name and help them learn to use a checkbook register.
7.Shop smart for food, clothing, furniture,gifts,etc...
8.Save all receipts for the month and put them in an envelope labeled for that month. Keep in Home Organizatioanl Binder. (At the end of the month, go through receipts to see where you can eliminate extra spending.)
Making your house a home:
"She senses that her gain is good;her lamp does not go out at night." Proverbs 31:18
1. "Mess causes stress". De-clutter your house 15 minutes a day. If it really needs it; work 45 minutes, then take a 15 minute break to drink water.
2. Dark rooms are depressing. "Open the House", by opening windows every morning. Allow natural light to come in the house.
3. Keep your daily cleaning routines, but be flexible. If you didn't get it done, don't worry! There's always another day!
4. De-clutter your furniture. Keep only what you need and is useful.
5.Make everything serve a function. (ex: decorative dresser drawers can be used to hold toys, candles, coloring books, playing cards,etc...)
6.Display faith,family, and friends in each room. Like frames, verses, books, photo albums, kids art.
7. Make your home smell pleasant. Light a candle, bake cookies; simmer o.j., apples and cinnamon in a pot on the stove.
8. Make your home pleasant for when your spouse comes home. Light candles, clear away clutter, pick up "hot spots", lessen the noise, clean up kids.
9.Make your home "feel" comfortable. Soft blankets and pillows, warm and cozy, sweet smelling kitchen(you can cheat with a hazelnut candle!), and even a sweet smelling bathroom! Light candles!
10. Make sure that all the beds are made before leaving your home. When you return it's one less thing to worry about.
11. Before you leave for work or to run errands, clean "hot spots", make beds, clean sink, straighten everything. When you return , you'll enjoy a nice, cozy home.
12.Light a candle as soon as you come home.
13.Plan ahead for guests. Plan meals, put out fluffy towels, make a "guest basket": coffee, chocolates, mints, books, notepad, toiletries, etc...