A few years back, HandyMan and I worked at a great summer camp (who I’m now working for again, remotely from NY- how cool is that!) Oops, sidetrack. Anyway, the camp had daily and weekly to-do lists that they would put into clear 3-ring page protector sleeves and we’d mark stuff off with dry erase markers. It worked great – print once and use over and over and over. Taking this idea, I created a weekly template with a rough schedule and the three categories that my tasks generally fall into: Chores, Menu/Meal Prep and Projects. I also filled in permanent "chores" on the weekly schedule, as well as time blocks that are taken by the same activity every week.
The second component is a folder system. I realized earlier this fall that the majority of the paper clutter that accumulates in my kitchen was from the mail. In October picked up a folder thing that had a bunch of folders all bound together. When I would go through the mail I could sort it into the folders (Bills/Attention, Filing, Shredding, Work Related, Banking and Other) and the pile of mail was neatly contained.
So, when I combined these two systems here is the resulting contents of a 1-inch, 3 ring binder that was reclaimed from a box of old college notes:
::Write-On Pages for
- Shopping Lists & Errands (because stuff always gets scribbled down somewhere before it makes it on the “take me to the store” list)
- 2 – 2 page spreads for Weekly Planning
- ThrivingMama blog notes page
- Cleaning lists (also incorporated in the weekly page- but not as detailed)
- Blank pages in sleeves for random notes that pertain to online tasks – to eliminate all those little slips of paper.
::Folders for the categories I talked about before.
::Cute dry erase markers that have magnets so they stay in the middle of the binder.
All this fits neatly in a binder that I can stick in my corner of the kitchen counter and access easily. I debated putting something decorative in the front cover or leaving it blank to use as an extra note surface – I opted for both:
As I mentioned before, the binder, as well as the card stock, and sheet protectors were things I had around the house. The folders and the markers were compliments of a Staples rewards certificate from recycling my ink cartridges. So, no money really out of my [current] pocket to implement this system - so if in three months it falls by the wayside for a different system, no loss. For me, that works for me too!
This post is linked up at WeAreThatFamily.com's Works for Me Wednesday.