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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Fly Lady I'm Not...But

I don't dare dream of making a business out of my organizational skills as the Fly Lady has, but I have done a bit of personal organizing on the side. So today, I'll give you a few tips--free. Gotta love that!

1. Monthly Bills--Label thirty-one Manila folders 1-31. Place them all in a hanging file folder. When your bills come in, decide the date they need to be paid on and place it in the corresponding folder. This doesn't have to be just for bills. This can be a catch all of sorts. You can put permission slips, birthday cards or other dated materials in these folders. I also kept a single sheet of lined paper in each folder to make reminder notes. I'd put a simple check mark next to the completed task.

2. Binders are beautiful and have so many uses. Schoolwork is one use. I homeschool, so we have papers galore. I use one binder per year and purchase pocket folders to put inside. All of our papers from the year go in there.

3. Kitchen drawers. I use those little baskets that are about three for a dollar and the plastic school boxes you can get on clearance for around ten cents each. I have one drawer for cup lids and straws and little containers and their lids. The lids all go in the little basket. Things like--oh what are they called!? Those little things you put on the ends of your corn on the cob--those things go in the plastic school box. I have one for gadget plug-ins and they stack so nice and neat in the drawer.

4. Freezer inventory. We have a deep freeze and I keep an inventory of it so that I can plan my meals.

5. Being a Writer...Organized. I found Julie Hood's Organized Writer. About halfway down the page you'll see a link for a free downloadable 2007 Writer's calendar. I printed her stuff off in 2006 and I have found it to be a blessing. If you sign up for her newsletter, you can download her writer's planner free. I recommend you do this if you want to become more organized. (And put it all in a binder!)

Hope some of this helps. If you like the tips, let me know...I've got plenty more!

My thoughts grew hot within me and began to burn, igniting a fire of words
Psalm 39:3

Michelle Pendergrass is a coffee-lover who lives in Knox, Indiana where she homeschools her son, Zane. She blogs at Just A Minute. When you visit, please note that her son is most definitely weaned and has been for some time now. Some names just stick.

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1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Great tips. Thanks Michelle.