Recently we acquired some darling new bows from a neighborhood bow party. My daughter and I were admiring the beautiful bows when we decided to pull out ALL the hair bows and head bands and sort them by color.
It is the perfect solution for me… I can keep the bows out of sight and yet they are still sorted by color. (And do you see those darling little cards on our piano? Check out KinderBach.com! My daughter is learning SO many amazing piano skills from this site!) When my daughter is wearing blue, I can give her the blue hair band and she can choose her own bows (I am a little controlling about her matching!). It is also a great way to show various shades of one color. AND it is a great way to put those headbands to work! 🙂Happy Teaching and Organizing!
I love all things organizational, and when ABC and 123 did their Let’s Get Organized party, I was having a drool fest!! All I can say is that I am so amazed and impressed with the talent of some of you out there in the blogosphere! I wanted to compile a list of some of the things I would do if I ever get caught up in life!!
- A List Maker’s Life– CUTE monthly calendars and a file box system for sorting different papers
- Shared from way over here– organizing all your stuff
- 1+1+1=1– preschool binder (ah! I love binders!!!) Carisa is one of those teacher gems- If you haven’t checked out her website, it is a MUST!! She has great ideas not only for organization, but also has incredible curriculum that she provides at no cost! How she does it all, I will never know!
- The Happy Scraps– closet organizers. Not that we really need them, but they are just SO stinkin’ cute!!!
- The Shafer Family– reading curriculum ideas. One day I will be that organized! And it looks like her daughter is having so much fun LEARNING!!!
- Nanny goat– 30 meals plan. It looks like a great idea for planning meals!
- Monkey See Monkey Do– simple yet thorough cleaning schedule
- My Delicious Ambiguity– a creative and cheap way to organize puzzles
I am addicted to many things- from chocolate licorice, planning curriculum, kissing my daughter, and binders. I feel such a sense of power as I organize my life into sheet protectors. . . I just FINALLY finished updating our home & learning binders and I thought I would take you on a journey of our past binders.
my sweet husband, and our two dogs. I thought I would be creative and do a silhouette pic of our faces- I swear the cover is the most important part of the binder!
planner and a not so great executor.
little red folder. Problems- too little- there were pages of grocery ideas, food storage
expiration dates, cleaning schedules, menus, etc all stuffed inside a two pocket folder.
This system did not last long! Besides, there was no cute cover!
cover by my creative sister-in-law. I am happy with how it looks
on the outside!
to do with her- from art, to baby massage and yoga. . . it was all right here. This was the ultimate baby binder that unfortunately got lost in a cupboard for awhile. Not so effective!
A couple weeks ago I organized my food storage. As small as our little stash of food is, I was surprised at HOW MUCH of it had already expired! I filled my entire kitchen table with old boxes of pasta-roni, shake and bake chicken, an assortment of canned goods, 5 bags of potato flakes, and much MUCH more. Arg! I threw out our wonderful dinner schedule for the next week and made a variety of “expired dinners” instead!
And then I got to thinking- there has to be a way to be more on top of what food is in my cupboards! I searched online and found nothing to my liking, so I created this calendar grid instead. Whenever we buy new food, we quickly jot down when it expires. (click on the list to download our checklist to 2014) If I was really on top of things I would cross off food after we eat it, but that is too much of a hassle for me to remember all the time. So I just add the new food. I can then look and see, oh, one box of brownies and 2 boxes of mac and cheese expire next month. I can check the cupboards, and if we haven’t eaten them already, I will add them to our monthly menu. It has already made me much more aware of the expiration dates on the food we buy- our local store sells tons of expired food! Just food for thought! 🙂
I have been wanting to create some labels for some plastic drawers in my daughter’s playroom. These should help her in knowing where the toys belong and will make cleaning up more an independent activity. I finally got around to doing it (better late than never, right?)
Click here to download our labels- maybe they will inspire you to create your own!
I have always struggled creating weekly menus. It’s not that I don’t like the concept- I think planning ahead of time is essential in staying on top of things. I just always seem to draw a blank on what to prepare. I looked at what I had written down for the coming week- spaghetti, hawaiin haystacks, soup & sandwiches, crock pot stew…. where I then had an organizational idea. Instead of creating dinner menus day to day, why not create 7 daily food themes (one for each day of the week) and then jot down lists of possible dinners.
For example, we eat a lot of Italian food. It seems like we eat spaghetti at least twice a week- and that gets old after awhile. So I created “Italian Thursday”. I then wrote down all the Italian food that I love, and voila! I have a month’s worth of Thursdays all planned! Seriously, menu planning became so much easier after I decided to create menu lists instead!
Here is our week in food: Crock Pot Sunday, Multi-Cultural Monday, Try Something New Tuesday, Wild Card Wednesday, Italian Thursday, Friday’s Favorites, Soup and Sandwiches Saturday.
This is a day that I felt was important for my little family. I get stuck in the routine of making the same things over and over again- and I want my daughter to experience new foods (so she won’t be a picky eater like her momma!) This will be the day where I open up the good ole recipe book and try something new! And if we like it- I can add it to our Friday’s Favorite list!I have playgroup Wed- not a lot of cooking time. This will be the day where we might finish off some leftovers, or do something crazy like breakfast for dinner. (I love breakfast for dinner and I can see us doing this a lot- crepes, french toast, waffles, omelets, YUMMY!)
Love this day! I can serve up spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, fettuccine, panini, risotto, ravioli… there is 7 weeks of different Italian foods write there! No more spaghetti twice a week!
This is where I can put down ANYTHING that I know my family loves to eat! Chili and corn bread, hawaiin haystacks, pizza, chicken pot pie, chicken caesar salad, etcThis day will be dedicated to soups and/or sandwiches! Nothing like a bowl of soup on a brisk autumn day!
What I like about this plan is that it makes sense in my plan-a-holic brain. I always know what to expect for dinner on any given day, and if I am struggling for a menu item- I simply look at our theme and google for ideas! I just like that this provides some structure for planning a menu.
I dare you to try this and see how much easier planning a menu really is!