Happy Tuesday! We've arrived at the final installment for this Tuesday Tutorial Series. Meet the Christmas Binder. I think this one may be my favorite. Take the time to put this together now, and it will save you time and mental stress when December rolls around.
When do you usually start planning for Christmas or other holidays you celebrate? It's likely not in May, right? But stick with me and reap the benefits for years to come! 😀
Let's get started....
The only supplies you will need for this project are a binder and sheet protectors. I've used my favorite Better Binder from Staples in a 1-1/2" size. The red color just seems to yell "Christmas!" to me. I've added a fun printed sheet to the front of the binder to jazz it up with holiday spirit. And, of course, you will want to label the spine. There will not be a lot of time-savings if you cannot easily locate the binder later.
My top must-have sheets to include inside are:
1. Task List - This is how you will keep yourself on track with all those holiday related To-Dos. A simple checklist sheet or plain notebook paper will suffice. Pop this into a sheet protector and use a dry erase pen to make it reusable!
2. Christmas Card Tracker List - This is a useful way to keep track of who you send cards to, and who you receive them from.
3. Gift List - This is the place to note who you'll be buying a gift for, the gift idea, where to buy it, the price, has it been wrapped, does it need to be shipped, and a spot to mark when it is completed. Note any stocking stuffer ideas here too. This sheet lets you look back to see what you bought each person last year. It's also a helpful way to stick to a budget.
4. To/From Stickers and Tags - Store them all here in this binder and you will know right where to find them in December.
5. Return Address Labels - Full disclosure, I like to use the freebies that are sent to me in the mail. But, you can get creative and print up your own! This can be a great place to keep your holiday stamps, too.
6. Gift Receipts - This binder is a great spot to keep all those receipts that accumulate as you're shopping. They will be simple to find later for any returns or exchanges. I've used a plastic envelope here. But, a regular sheet protector will also work.
That's it! You are now ready to plan for the holidays at your leisure. When a gift idea occurs to you, you can jot it down here. You could also put recipes, or menu ideas here. Enjoy your time with friends and family with less stress. That's my gift to you in May.
Merry Christmas, a little bit early!
I'd love to hear in the comments if you keep a binder like this, or if you will make one this year! 🎄😁
It's Tuesday, that means it's time for the next binder in our Tuesday Tutorial Series. This time it's all about recipes. If you're like me, you probably have a number of recipes whimsically pinned on Pinterest, or printed out and sitting in a pile somewhere waiting for the perfect time. A binder can be an awesome solution. This is the place to keep all of your favorite recipes, the new ones you want to try out, and the ones you only use occasionally. This binder is so simple to create it barely qualifies as a tutorial. 😊
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. 1.5" Binder - If you've been following this series you know what I'm about to say. The one I'm using here is...the Better Binder from Staples. You know all the reasons why I love 'em! And as always, go ahead and save a little money and use a binder that you may have lying around at home if you like. Recycling for the win! Do make sure that it is strong enough to hold a lot of paper.
2. Sheet protectors. These are optional, but can really come in handy when cooking to keep your recipe clean. If you spill anything, it will wipe easily off of the plastic sheet.
3. Optional items - a fun sheet to put in the front cover for inspiration. And, a more practical addition is the Kitchen Equivalents that I keep inside for reference.
4. The last item you will need to create this binder are sticky label tabs. These come in all sorts of sizes and colors. The can be labeled officially, or handwritten. These are available in most office supply aisles in your local store.
Now that you have your supplies at hand, you're ready to put your recipe binder together.
1. Gather up those printed sheets and put them each into a sheet protector.
2. Separate those sheets into the categories that make sense for you and your family.
3. Write those categories onto a sticky label and place it on the top sheet for each group.
4. Put everything inside your binder - and don't forget to label that spine.
Now get cookin'! I'd love to hear what YOUR favorite recipe is in the comments below. 😋
Welcome to the Kitchen Manuals Binder. This is the one place where you can keep all those kitchen-related appliance manuals. These might include small appliance manuals like an Instant Pot or toaster oven, or larger ones like a dishwasher. Basically, if you use it in the kitchen, the manual can live in this binder. No more wondering where that certain manual has gone. Looking for things is over-rated!! This binder is super simple to create. It will save you a ton of time and reduce aggravation. Sounds good, right?
Here are the few supplies you will need:
1. 1.5" Binder - The one I'm using is the Better Binder from Staples. You can read my last post for all the reasons why I love 'em! Feel free to use any binder that you like, or already have on hand. Just make sure that it is sturdy. All those manuals can pack on some weight.
2. A plastic 3-hole punched binder envelope - You may need several depending on the amount of manuals you have. I should probably get myself a second one.
3. **Optional** sheet protectors - These can be useful if you have a larger manual that you want to reference more easily, or just keep separated.
That's it. Now you are ready to create your binder.
1. Gather ALL of your kitchen manuals. This may take some time if they have wandered off around your house. Take the time to search and locate them all if possible.
2. Place the manuals all together inside your plastic binder envelope.
3. Place any special manuals into their own sheet protector.
4. Don't forget to label the spine of your binder. Now you'll know exactly what's inside.
That is all there is to it. Going forward, you can easily place new manuals here with their friends. And, if you want extra credit...remove the manuals from the binder when the items leave your home! 😀
Each Tuesday in May I'm going to dive into a different type of binder that you can create which will save you time and money in the future. They are all ones I personally use and love. So, let's jump in!
Today, I'd like to introduce to you my Coupon Binder. I'm sure you're familiar with this concept. But, my version is different in scale. I find that having a small 1-inch binder allows me to hold all of the coupons, and easily take it with me on the go! No more wasted time looking for "that coupon that came in the mail" or "shoot, I left that coupon at home!" Perhaps you don't use coupons. This type of binder can also be useful to hold a variety of gift cards. Some folks out there have a lot of these...you know who you are! :-)
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. A 1" binder. My favorite are the Better Binders from Staples. They lay flat and are simple to open with the button on the bottom. (no more pinched fingers!) You can choose a fun color, and slide a bit of paper in the front, if you wanna get fancy! Mine is the Better Mini 1" D-ring binder in teal because it makes me happy. Don't forget to label the spine too.
2. Sheet protectors in a variety of sizes. The amount you will need depends on you. I started with a couple of packets. Be sure to get these in the same size as your binder.
3. Sticky label tabs. These come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be found in the office supply section of most stores. The stickiness is very handy if you ever want to change or move a label.
4. **This one is optional.** A plastic 3-hole punched binder envelope to keep in the front. This can be used if you want to just bring a few coupons with you instead of the entire binder. It can usually fit inside a purse.
Now you're ready to Put. It. All. Together!
1. Sort all your coupons (or cards) into the categories you use most. I like to save the coupons that I get in the mail throughout the week, then sort them 1x/week on Sunday. Now I'm ready for the upcoming week, and can remove any that have expired.
2. Label your sticky tabs with your chosen categories. Place them along the edge of the sleeves.
3. Stuff all those money-saving coupons into their sleeves!
4. Congratulate yourself on being super organized, saving money and time!
Day 23 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! I do not have a bag to share with you today. Today is all about decluttering your computer files, email inbox, and paperwork. Pick one, or work on all 3 areas if you are feeling motivated. Clearing out my email inbox is especially satisfying! If you would like help with your paperwork, ask me about my paper organizing workshops!
I am excited to share the news that I have completed the training to become a licensed Sunday Basket® Workshop provider!
The Sunday Basket® is a great system to keep track of your papers, errands, and schedule. In this 90-minute workshop, I will provide you with the materials and instruction to get your Sunday Basket started. You get to bring any size basket, box or bin full of your actionable/to-do papers to get organized.
The registration fee is only $30. Click the link below to get all the details and sign up!
I look forward to seeing you soon at a workshop!
Show of hands....who has too much paper clutter in their life? I'm raising both of mine. This is definitely a problem we all have at one time or another. Here are 3 quick strategies for minimizing and controlling the paper coming into your home:
1. Recycle anything you don't need/want immediately. Do not pass go, drop it directly into the recycling bin before you even bring it into the house!
2. Go electronic. Sign up for e-delivery of statements, online auto-pay for bills, and even electronic subscriptions. This will eliminate a ton of papers.
3. Use a command center. This is the home where papers can live while they are pending. This is where you can keep current projects, upcoming bills, and other to-dos.
Now I'm off to collect the mail, and check off #1. ✅
It's that time of year again...the dreaded tax season. Why must we call it a season, that word should be reserved for happier times, like Christmas! So, are you ready? If not, don't stress, you can get started right now with just a few steps. You've got this!
1. Decide - Choose whether you will meet with a tax preparer, or file your taxes yourself.
2. Schedule - If you will be meeting with someone, now is a great time to schedule that appointment. Or, if filing yourself, set aside time on your calendar.
3. Gather - Grab an empty folder or a large paper clip will do, and begin gathering all of those important papers and receipts to keep them together. Now, when it is time to meet with your tax accountant, or file yourself, you will be ready.
Many times I have shown the desktop file box that lives on my kitchen counter. But, what if piling papers is your jam? You definitely should use the system that works best for you. I want to share a new product that I recently discovered. It is called the Pendaflex PileSmart. I am trying this out in the paper bin that I keep on my desk. Why not have the ease of a pile of papers, but still have categories to help you quickly find what you need. You can also label the sleeves with the categories that work for your life. If you are a "piler" maybe this product could help save you some time and aggravation! Reply in the comments with a 1 if you may give this system a try, or 2 if you are a happy filer.
Happy Wednesday! Here is a question for you...
Do you have a drop zone? I'm talking about a command center, or the place you put all the stuff in your hands when you walk in the front door? Where is this place? Did you intentionally choose it, or was it happenstance?
With a little focused planning this space could become your best time-saver! This spot should be convenient, easily accessible (visualize dropping things right in), and have room for all your essentials. Things that might live here include a basket for papers/mail, a bowl or hook for keys, a phone charger, and a spot for your workbag or purse. Once you have chosen this zone, you will always know where to find these items when you need them.
Here is a pic of my own drop zone. This spot is at the end of my kitchen counter. It is a straight shot from the garage or front door. :)
Where is your drop zone? Please share in the comments below!
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