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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, Christmasplanner.com, 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:

http://www.christmasplanner.com/money-saving-christmas-gift-planner.

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.

How You Can Organize Your Life and Save the Earth!

Earth Day this year is Sunday, April 22. Many of us will celebrate in some way either by attending events, or the promise of doing something to become more eco-friendly.  Whether you recycle, downcycle or upcycle, your efforts will be rewarding. Not sure what’s the difference in these terminology, check out this blog:

http://www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-green-faq/what-is-upcycling

There’s probably not much use for a cassette holder these days. If you or someone else has finally transferred the tapes to digital, don’t discard the cassette holder. Here’s an upcycling idea for a new use – an earring tree!

Make an effort to organize eco-friendly.  Save money and save the Earth!

Contact me for more ideas or information.

Easy Bill Paying 1-2-3

After you’ve created a household budget, it’s time to pay the bills.  I hear the groans but it’s a necessary process of living.

Some of us utilize technology to pay our bills online. However, if you’re more comfortable and still prefer the paper system, following these three easy steps to avoid late fees, credit problems and stress will help you pay your creditors on time:

 1.  Find a location in your home to set up a bill paying station.

2.  Pay your bills regularly by setting up a system.

3.  File the statements, receipts or confirmation of payments.

 

Contact me to help you set up a simple process for bill paying, keeping you credit worthy and your creditors happy.

The Good Old Days of Household Management

Some of my friends may remember seeing handwritten chores taped to the refrigerator. My Mom would post weekly chores for my cousin, Kenny (Bucket) and me. They had to be completed before we were allowed to do anything else like go out to play,  or invite friends over to visit. There were no self-cleaning ovens back in the day. I was the oven cleaner. My Mom worked full-time but took care of the home and never seemed stressed like parents do today.  We had other extracurricular activities but she had a say in what we could participate in and those activities could not interfere with our academics, her work schedule or our finances. She had a system which included getting the necessary help from everyone in the home. I’m saying, she ran an efficient household! Does your household run like the good old days?

Is your family overwhelmed with too much going on inside and outside the home which is causing stress and chaos?  Let me know and I can help. Contact me.

By the way, does anyone remember seeing the chores taped to the refrigerator in my home? Leave me a comment.

Teaching Time Management Skills to Your School-Aged Children

As a child, did you stop and think about time?  Probably not much, except when the time to play would wind down or it was getting close to bedtime. What did you do most of the time—lay in bed, watch TV programs for so many hours, or play video games? The older you get, you start remembering the things that you have  or have not accomplished.

One of our most priceless resources is Time. It is something that you can no longer reclaim, once you lose it. You should make use of your time intelligently. Why?  For your growth and improvement as a person. Time well spent is precious. That’s why you need time management.

Do you stop to consider that time management should be a basic skill for your school-aged children? Finishing assignments from school can be an obstacle for them. Time management can be a problem for your children. They should be taught to manage their schedules properly. They are expected to attend their classes, complete their homework, meet social obligations with their peers and participate in other extracurricular activities. They should eliminate as many distractions and interruptions as possible to complete assignments in order to accomplish their academic obligations.  

You will decide what age you feel your children are mature enough to be taught time management skills. Don’t make them feel bad about not having good time management skills when it comes to academic endeavors.  It is not the end of the world!  The majority of adults have the same problems on how to manage their time. There’s always room for improvement for all of us. Your children need somebody to teach and guide them. What is necessary is to re-evaluate how you have been managing your daily activities and to modify them when necessary. Then help your children do the same.

Few people master the skill of time management. However, it a general need for everyone, especially if you are aspiring to achieve something in school, work and other personal endeavors.

A Simple Time Management Concept to Teach Your Children:

  1. Have them to list and compare all the activities they would like to achieve now.
  2. Ask them to decide how they will be affected by their choices later on in life.
  3. After listing all the things they are supposed to do every day, have them order their priorities.
  4. Help them create a planner for their schedules.
  5. Teach them that adjustments can be made in their schedules when necessary.
  6. They should allocate time for relaxation and entertainment.
  7. Tell them that whatever plan they have formulated, they will enjoy every moment of their lives if they manage time well.

My mother and my Sunday School teacher taught me that there’s a time and a place for everything! Did your parenting adult or someone else teach you time management skills when you were younger?   Send me your comments. I’d love to hear from you!