Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #9 | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #9

Friday, January 11, 2013

Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #9

Happy Friday!  It's been a busy week here this week.  I worked nearly full-time outside the home to help out some folks from my former life in adult education.  Then, I took care of my kiddos and the house after school while my hubby had a late route and didn't get home until just before the kids went to bed.  And I'm still dealing with some of the residual effects of the cold and flu and low blood pressure I had in December.  Oh and I still had some Christmas decorations to organize and put away (it's all done now!). So by the time the kids went to bed I was too wiped to finish organizing projects or write posts about them :)

But, I'm here now with another organizing idea for the weekend for you!

With the new year, now is the perfect time to put together a planner or a home management binder.  These are a great way to keep all the details of your life in one place.  If you have difficulty keeping your life organized then one of these will be a great tool to help you.

There are lots of great examples out there.  Most are customizable so you can include the pages you need and leave out the ones you don't.  The key is to figure out what will work best for you because every family and every home is unique.

Here are a few of my favourites. {Click on the link below each picture to go to the blog for printables and explanations.}

Source:  Organizing Homelife

Source:  The Complete Guide To Imperfect Homemaking

And my friend Alli at Scattered Squirrel has a TON of great printables to create your own home management binder, personal planner, weekly planner, or whatever you need!

Source: Scattered Squirrel

So, this weekend, get started on a home management binder or planner!

Don't be overwhelmed at the thought of putting together a whole binder at once though.  It's better to start small and have something, than to be overwhelmed and do nothing :)

I think when it comes to organizing, this quote really applies:

"The best is the enemy of the good."  

Just spend 10-15 minutes this weekend figuring out what sections will help you stay organized the most.  Then get a binder (you probably have one laying around anyway) and some dividers.

Put together one section at a time.  Start with the one that will make the biggest difference.  Then use that one for awhile.

Once you see how much that section helps you stay organized, add another section.  Then another.  And another.  At whatever pace you can.  Eventually you'll have a binder that works for you!

Do you have a home management binder?  What do you like most about it?  What tips or suggestions can you give to someone just starting out with one?

Happy organizing and have a great weekend!

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