Friday, November 18, 2011

Home Management-Binder Tutorial

I am NOT the most organized person. As a matter of fact, I am within a day of being totally DISorganized. I have been beginning to use some organizing tips and tools from various websites and blogs. One I have found extremely helpful is a HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER! I have complied several different suggestions to put mine together. I use it daily(almost) and it is always changing. After Christmas I plan to "scrap" the dividers and cover to make it really POP!

The first thing to do is to gather your supplies. My advice here, since many of us unorganized home managers tend to get distracted, is to gather your supplies.
  • Binder-its better to begin with a 2" binder, but if you can't purchase one, use what you have. You can upgrade later!
  • Paper-for the printer, or if you have to write it, I suggest notebook paper, it's neater.
  • Ink or a pen in a pretty color
  • Dividers-use purchased divider tabs, or recycle folders cut in half, or page protectors(my choice, because I had a bunch
  • A zipper pouch to go in the front of your binder with your pens inside. 
The next step is to decide which dividers you want in your binder. A few suggestions:

  • In Case of Emergency: Here you will have the following sheets:
  1. YOU ARE HERE! This is in case your husband, your babysitter, your sister or someone who may not have the presence of mind to know your address. On this sheet goes your address, phone number and directions to your home from the nearest highway.
  2. EMERGENCY NUMBERS: 911, or the police, fire, and ambulance numbers. Phone numbers for all doctors for anyone living in the home, the poison control center, the veterinarian, your landlord's address and phone number, the numbers for utilities such as natural gas, electric, and water.
  3. FAMILY CONTACTS: List each family member's cell number, work number and place of employment and address. Next go to grown children not living at home, next is your parents, next all brothers and sisters. Finally the next door neighbors(if possible).

  •  Planning and Time Management: In this section you need your daily to-do list, 

blank calendar pages(which can be printed or purchase a calendar at the dollar store for $1 and cut the pages apart...). 
This is a very important part of your binder, because it is your scheduler! Use a different color pen for each person's schedule and write EVERYTHING on the calendar. You can punch holes in notes from school, church, invitations and place them in this section for info.
  • Phone: Alphabetize your phone numbers. No more lost pieces of paper, post it notes, scribbled on phone books, or 34 pieces of paper on the fridge!

  • Family:
  1. FAMILY MEMBER PAGES: Make a page for each family member. On these pages, put contact information, school contact info, activities, allergies, medical conditions such as diabetes and siezures.
  • School: All needed school information, contact information, PTA officers, school schedule page
  • Home Management:
  1. Cleaning Schedules
  2. Children's Chore Checklist
  3. Home Inventory
  4. Home Decorating Ideas
  5. Party Planners
  6. Car Maintenance Schedule
  7. Home Maintenance Schedule
  • Menu Planning: Plan menus and grocery lists here!

  • Money and Finance: All bill paying information goes here. I chose to use a seperate notebook for this.
  • Health and Fitness
  • Travel and Activities
  • Pets: File all pet vet records here, receipts of purchase, health guarantees, registration papers.
Once you have decided on dividers, put the binder together. Next Step: The fillers!

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A Beautiful Day!

After snow, rain, cold and wet gloominess yesterday, today began as a gorgeously sunny day, crisp and cold, frosted beauty sparkling in the sun. First up...COFFEE!!! I love this mug, a Christmas gift from my sister, in honor of my son, who is currently in the US Navy! It's big and keeps the coffee warm to the last drop, lol!

My TO DO list hangs at the end of the hallway, so I always see it as I walk up the hallway. It keeps me focused there! Bekah has been adding her own tasks for me...

As well as sweet notes.

She's been practicing so she can be on Danica Patrick's pit crew when she grows up!

Look at those hands fly!

Yesterday was the annual Thanksgiving feast at Bekah's school! A traditional meal with all the trimmings, turkey, stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, whole wheat rolls, and pumpkin pie! If that meal made 1 kid fat, I'll be surprised. I'm not going to comment about how much DIDN"T get eaten. Above is Bek with her daddy...

Bek's teacher and a friend...

Bek and her BFFFFFFFFF ("that means you can't say you're not my friend anymore, MOM)!  
On the schedule today, cleaning and candle making, dog bathing and a tiny bit of Christmas decorating! ! Also a trip to the dollar store to get supplies for these! Aren't they just deliciously sweet! Hubby took the store and is headed to West Virginia to sell at the flea market in Logan. If you happen to see him, say hi! Bekah and I are hangin' out this weekend! Nick will be by to visit, or we will visit him and his doggie...

I have posted my fall decorations here and there, but a review of it altogether before it goes away till next year, because I love the warm glow of it!
The turkey was made by daughter, Beth, in elementary school, the pumpkin is a jack'o lantern turned to the wall (snicker), photos, Bekah, Nick, and Daniel. The lovely lady here and in the next picture, bought in a HUGE box of Fall decorations for 1.00 at the auction!

Another "backwards" jack, a dollar store scarecrow pick, and Miss Thanksgiving! The leaf garlands were in a storage building that was donated to our shop! The daisies, .50 each at the dollar store last winter!The spider plant and wandering jew are mine...

This arrangement was once hanging at my grandfather's grave on a shepherd's hook until they said we couldn't use then any longer...I added the paint chip pumpkins, There is also a small, stuffed turkey sitting in there now, from the aforementioned box lot! The napkin holder was made for me by my grandfather. 

Leaf garland with orange lights, in the dark...

...and with the flash...the Tonka truck you see was found in pristine condition in a dumpster...its a late 60's early 70's car hauler, with both cars included...SCORE!!!!
 Front door...The chair, crates, watering cans stay all the time! We grew the gourds, and purchased the wooden pumpkin at a Fall Festival. The wreath, I made, by recycling an old wreath!

 I have had this pumpkin since 2001. It came from K-Mart. The candlesticks are black glass, which I collect, and the crystal one was a gift from a secret pal! The runner...bought at an auction...the candles and tealight, and garland, again, the box lot!

 Flowers recycled from a basket, pumpkins on clearance the other day at WM for 0.25 each!

Platter & lot! Hull pitcher, bought at an antique store for $5 because it has a small hole in it, but I love it! The pumpkin candy dish, recycled from a candle, 2 more "backwards" jacks, and the 0.50 dollar store garland.
 Box lot!
This wreath was made and decorated by my brother in law, I added the bow, which was recycled from a basket! Because I used what I had, TOTAL SPENT: $3.25! BOO-YA!!! Signing off for more cleaning!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Advent Calendars and Giveaway!

I want to thank all of you who follow my scribbling. I really appreciate each and every one of you! In appreciation, I am giving away some of my own hand-poured candles, check them out here.
Be sure to comment and share with your friends! Winner will be picked on November 30th!

Here are some super-cute advent calendars for the crafty folks!
Look here for a thrify but chic version!

Right here is the cutest one I've seen

This one is nice...

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Autumn Beauty

It is cold, wet and rainy today. The gorgeous colors of fall are gone.
We are heading into the winter months and the upcoming celebrations with anticipation!
The rest of my autumn pictures are here for you!
Sunset in Tennessee

Faded flowers and fallen leaves
Frost on the grass

Autumn's glorious gold
Ready to start next year

Frosty Red

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Paint Chips, pencil, scissors, glue, ruler, paper clips

Measure and cut paint chips into 1 inch strips

Glue together in this pattern, make one long strip first, then a perpendicular strip
and so on. Use a paper clip to hold in place as you glue the top edges together (use another paper clip here)

Add stems and vines, and you have cute punkins'!