Thursday, January 2, 2014

My 2014 all-inclusive planner...........

Every January I get all "hyped up" with plans and goals and "bucket" lists.   I was making lists back when I first learned to write, I think.  When I had my career I used a Palm Pilot and synced it with my pc at home and my pc at work.  I was always on the "bleeding" edge of technology as those of us working in the tech industry called it.  But, alas, I have simplified and do not want any more electronic leashes.  I am simplifying my life and my lifestyle. 
But I still love planning,  I love a clean house, a pretty yard and garden and just an ordinary well kept life to put it simply.  So, I was out on Pinterest and pinned an organizing article which led me to another website called Clean Mama and bingo, I learned something new and non-technical (no app involved here).  A HOME binder/notebook.  Remember when I organized my knitting and crocheting patterns in notebooks?   I like her system as she has EVERYTHING in her notebook; budget and finances, blogging section, Holiday plans and gift giving.....she's got it all!  You can download quite a few free printables but the majority of her system is in her Etsy shop and you have to purchase it.  I doubt if I will as I thought it was a bit pricey for my budget but she gave me the jumping off point. 

 I gathered my notebooks (I'll need more than one as these aren't giant binders)....

 lots of notebook paper, and dividers, of course.
My old stand by...sheet protectors
and some project files I've had around for awhile.  These are accordion and open to hold quite a bit.  I'm thinking like files for each room for decorating and it would hold paint chips and fabric swatches etc.  I want to make design boards.  I think they would also be great for gardening projects as they could hold seed envelopes, etc.  I got them at Staples.
Clean Mama has a monthly "chore" chart to get you started and most of it I already do but it's the other chores I need to get to like cleaning closets, cleaning the garage...big projects that need to be scheduled and broken down into pieces.
Another great website is Organize and Inspire   which has "tons" of links to all kinds of organizing from small like organizing your cords and computer wires to big like your garage or basement.  If you think you might like Clean Mama's tools and kits they are 25% off but only today so don't dawdle! LOL!
I'll touch base with you and let you know how it goes.  This is what I'll be working on tonight and in the coming days.  Today I spent quite a bit of time on the phone doing financials, 2 loads of laundry and cleaned both bathroom toilets.  Plus all the "daily chores" in addition to giving Nitty her antibiotics 3 times a day.  Tomorrow I need to go get pet licenses and renew my driver's license.  I told you it's been busy and expensive and I wasn't kidding!  I hope this organizing helps me as I could use all the help I can get. LOL! 
Happy Trails!


  1. Oh wow it would be great to be so organised! Good for you for making plans and thanks for the tips. I seem to be able to keep on top of the usual household chores but it's the other ones like you mentioned that I have trouble with. I'm always finding a cupboard or drawer that needs sorting and think to myself I must find time but I shut the cupboard or drawer and forget all about it til next time! Also there's a part of me that rebels against too many lists! I just won't let myself make too many! I think I worry about becoming a slave to the lists. I hope Nitty is feeling better now. Xx

  2. Great ideas there Sam, some I may end up borrowing. This year I'm all about simplyfing my life and anything all in one place has to be good. I need to do some better organisation and clear outs and what not, I tend to do them more in the spring with the change of weather I still feel in hibernation mode so perhaps I'll have myself organised at some point.

  3. I think I will click on the organizing links and wander around. I am always wanted to simplify and feel stuck as to where to start. I purchased a new planner to keep in my purse--I get tired of all the technology and miss good old paper items and stationary.
    Hope Nitty is doing better and you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. I must really get my act together and get organised this year so I'll take a look at these links.thank you


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