Monthly Archives: September 2012

Organizing Our Medical Information

October is National Organize Your Medical Information Month. The Internet will probably have lots of information and resources during the month. Although I couldn’t find any information from the American Medical Association on how to organize your medical records, I’m sure physicians will agree that since our medical information is an important aspect of our lives, we should take the time to get it organized and put in a place where everyone in our household will have access when necessary.

According to a blog article written by Audry Thomas for Smead, here is a list of medical information we should keep track of:

  1. Current medications – include the name of the drug(s) as well as the dosage. Also include the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
  2. Immunizations – Children, as well as young adults entering college, need to have up-to-date information on their shots. It’s recommend that adults get Tetanus shots every ten years so this is the perfect place to make note of this information.
  3. Allergies – include information on all drug and/or seasonal allergies.
  4. Health history – include information on past procedures/surgeries, illnesses, injuries or family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
  5.  Test/lab results.

Here are other resources I ran across on how to manage our medical information:

Organizing a Child’s Medical Information:

You can purchase a Medical Organizer kit or make your own using a three-ring binder or an expandable file folder. You can, of course, conduct your own search on the Internet to find more resources.

Do yourself and your family a favor and take the time before the holidays to organize medical information for you and/or your family.


The Holiday Organizer!

At this time of the year, going into the fall season, several of my passions collide–organizing, cardmaking, thrift store finds to decorate for the holidays, and shopping for Christmas gifts. I found this  99 cents Holiday Organizer in a thrift store that started me on my merry little way of organizing my holiday tasks. Although it isn’t quite functional for my needs, as designers say, “It had good bones.” It is small enough to fit into my purse, has pockets and an address book. So, with the help of a great website I am sharing with you here,, I re-created my great little find into what works for me.

I didn’t have to completely reinvent the wheel.  It’s only partially handmade. It’s not perfect, but it works for me!

Before: It had pockets labeled ‘Receipts’. The next page had the headings   – Name, Year,  Wish List and Purchased. 

Before:  The address book pages had columns for 5 Years, Sent and Received check boxes.

After:  I made simple changes to the pockets by re-labeling most of them.   I’ll put my handmade Christmas cards in some pockets and Coupons in one pocket so I won’t have to search for my coupons while shopping. I kept one pocket labeled, Receipts, so I can keep up with my budget. On the website above, I found a Christmas Gift Planner Sheet that I liked. I reduced it and pasted it to the ‘Name/Year’ page. It has a little more detail.


After: I changed the Years from past years to 2012 through 2016.





Viola!  A Holiday Planner I can use for several years made in just a few minutes.  By the way, here’s the link to the Christmas Gift Planner template (in pdf format) I found on the website:

I would be delighted if you’d share how you plan and organize your holidays.  Happy holiday planning!

Back to School Organizing Tips for “All” Students

Although school has just started, the yelling has started already . “I can’t find my homework!” Now, the reality of having to take care of a household and going back to college has set in. “How am I going to prepare dinner for my family and complete my class assignments?” “How am I going to complete my project at work and my college class project that due at the same time?”

School assignments have a way of disappearing between bedtime and the next morning. Textbooks get lost in your child’s messy clutter.  If you have a child in grade school or high school, school items can be designated to specific spaces such as a  desk, dresser, or  bookshelf. You may have been out of high school for a while now. However, you’re attending college to obtain a degree, complete a degree or change your career path since the economy has been in a downward turn.  As a non-traditional student, time management is very important. You’re probably juggling a part-time or full-time job, and family issues that will contribute to an already hectic life. How do you find time to take care of your household, work, study or have some personal downtime? Time management and organizing skills make it possible.
  • Having a planner in your household is crucial. You should create a calendar (a dry erase board would be ideal) to keep track of school projects, events, extracurricular activities, and appointments.
  • Keep the calendar in a convenient place such as the kitchen, or by the door that you enter and exit daily.
  • All family members should record their schedule and activities on the calendar using different colored markers.
  • It is a good idea for the adult to record the family’s calendar in their personal planner (whether paper or electronic) since you always have it with you.

No matter what type of student you are, the academic year doesn’t have to be stressful or disorganized if you follow these few time management and organizing tips.