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post #41 of 185
I'm currently just trying to condense all the paper in my life into my two 2-drawer file cabinets. But I would like all the essentails in a notebook of some sort. eventually.
post #42 of 185
Thread Starter 
I am so loving my notebook.
post #43 of 185
I just started mine a few weeks ago. It's a work in progress, but so far I love having everything in one place!
Here are more great print-ables
http://donnayoung.org/
and
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gett...p#weeklyplnrev

Love getting new ideas of sections and things to add. Today I'll add personal info about each family member, emergency contact information and a travel section, and maybe a gardening section as well.
post #44 of 185
Do people like their Planet Mom journals b/c I'm thinking about getting one only to keep things in one place?
post #45 of 185
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Do people like their Planet Mom journals b/c I'm thinking about getting one only to keep things in one place?
I haven't used that one in particular, but I've used planners for years and I can honestly say that I like the HM binder best. I mean it's absolutely personalized to what I need, not someone else's idea of what I need to be organized. I can also add and subtract from it as need be. I can't believe how easy it's coming together. I keep picking up stuff around the house and then I say...Oh, that needs to go in my notebook.
post #46 of 185
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Have you seen this?

I've moved our filing cabinet to a more accessible place so I can start to do something like it. I've tried an notebook before but it got lost or I didn't write in it so now I just stick with a calendar which shows 1 week at a time.

Does anyone have this particular organizer orangefoot mentions (from Just Organize Your Stuff, or JOYS)? I like the look of it and don't have time to make my own binder, but the website doesn't show details of any particular page. And considering its price, I'd hate to buy it and be disappointed...
post #47 of 185
I just keep my information on the computer, most of it in Google Docs. I've found the solution acceptable so far. Occassionally, I'd like to have it at my fingertips instead of having to boot the computer, but I think I would get too caught up in maintaining the notebook and that time really wouldn't be worth it since my current solution definitely serves me well enough.
post #48 of 185
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how are the newbie notebooks coming?
post #49 of 185
Alright, alright... I am going to revamp my notebook. It's old and cruddy and this thread is kicking me square in the arse with motivation.
post #50 of 185
I started one last Summer...but I like all of your ideas!
post #51 of 185
My notebook is coming along nicely, thanks to this thread!

I've got plastic sleeves for bills, envelopes/labels/stamps, coupons, receipts...

Last night I typed up all of our favorite recipes (been wanting to nix the recipe box for a looooong time now!) and I made up a 2-month meal plan, rotating our favorites, using this thread: Meal Planning as inspiration. Now I just need to type up master grocery lists for every two weeks so that I have them on hand and don't have to keep doing it repeatedly. I slid everything into clear page protectors so that I can use it while cooking and wipe it off if need be.

I want to get my address book transferred and still have several sheets to get entered: Emergency contacts, disaster plan, #'s to utility companies, homeschool forms/vax exemption, budgeting... to name a few.

Yay!
post #52 of 185
i dont see myself ever being that organized
post #53 of 185
I have one but haven't used it as much since I went back to work. I loved having everything in one place. I got a palm pilot last year as a gift & most of my stuff is on there since I'm out & about more now with working & dd being in school.
post #54 of 185
In my imagination I do.
post #55 of 185
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i dont see myself ever being that organized
For a long time I didn't ever see myself as being that organized ever.
I had a lot on the go and would often forget events or be reminded of them last minute and have to cram them in.

Over time I became more organized. When I first bought my Planet Mom journal I barely used it, then as I got on to it I saw how convenient it was to have all my appointments and events written down in the same journal. I bought about 8 of them (they are undated) and have been hooked ever since.

Inside I have a list of the important contact names and numbers, my business cards, parenting pamphlets that I need to re-read every once in a while, small stickers for bored children and large ribbon stickers to identify the children I'm watching while at a playplace.

Now with the chiropractor, school events, doctor's appointments, Reiki, Body Talk, exercise, etc., my journal helps me keep me life organized and balanced.
post #56 of 185
I use a pretty large (8x6inches?) DayRunner type book. I write everything down. Including all my DH's appointments and kids stuff, of course. We also just got a desk that has a large drawer that I can put file-type size folders in. I have one marked "personal" that is just lots of cut-outs and articles and other things I've collected over the years. Then there are folders for the kids and stuff like that. I am also a HUGE fan of post-it notes. I have a lot of them and keep them in my top desk drawer. And usually on Sunday night I write down all the things I hope to get to the following week. This is then posted/stuck on a cabinet that I stand in front of every day. Can't miss it.

But MAN, I don't know what I'd do without my "book". I has every possible birthdate, anniversary, and personal engagment that our family will have for the entire year. I'd be lost without it. I'd suggest getting a larger one (not those little ones). I also shove anything important that I don't know what to do with into my "book" until I have a free minute to sort it. That way, there's never anything of import just hanging around.
post #57 of 185
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post #58 of 185
oh, Sabrina, we also keep a magnetic pad on the fridge for groceries (other things go on there, too, like batteries, and non-food stuff, deodorant, etc). Once something runs out, I write it down. I can't always buy everything I need every trip to the store, so I get what I can, and what I can't goes on the next, new list. I don't think I could do this in a book or binder type area b/c it's not out in the open where we can see it every day. I need to see it on my fridge...
post #59 of 185
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oh, Sabrina, we also keep a magnetic pad on the fridge for groceries (other things go on there, too, like batteries, and non-food stuff, deodorant, etc). Once something runs out, I write it down. I can't always buy everything I need every trip to the store, so I get what I can, and what I can't goes on the next, new list. I don't think I could do this in a book or binder type area b/c it's not out in the open where we can see it every day. I need to see it on my fridge...
Actually alot of the sites recommended post it notes. I keep a pack in my zipper pouch in my binder and jot stuff down and since I use clear plastic page protectors I can make notes for later and sticky them to each section or appropriate page. For example I might attach a sticky to my master shopping list so I know that I randomly need corn syrup or something that's not already on it, that way I don't alter my master list, but still remember to get the corn syrup. Postits are your friends.

You bring up a good point though, where to keep your binder. I keep mine in the kitchen. Our house is a transitional floorplan so the kitchen, dining room and living room all sort of run together. I guess I would consider the kitchen/dining room area my home office. So I generally keep mine on the island in the kitchen. It's alway there for me to add to when need be. In that way it's practical
post #60 of 185
Morning, Sabrina--I also thought of something else...I've been bugging my DH to buy me my own desk for, oh, 5+ years (since my first son was born). He has a home office of sorts in our basement. And although he doesn't work from home and has a more traditional job, he does do *some* stuff at home. Primarily, though, it really is a small space to keep his personal stuff in. And I never had that. My DH never really realized that. I kept cutting out pictures of desks that I loved over the years and giving them to him. Of course, everything I loved was a million dollars. But I finally found something we could afford. Anyway, it's made a HUGE difference. It's made me feel like the home manager I really am! I feel like I take my stuff and my responsibilities much more seriously and with more respect. For a long time, my datebook sat on top of the microwave. Now I have a desk with drawers and a space for my book. It has changed the dynamic and certainly has made me feel more important. I know that sounds silly, but designating a space for your self, on a big scale or small, is HUGE.

Oh, and I LOVE POST-ITS. Love! I even have the little heart shaped ones...
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