Monday, September 22, 2008
I have some great organizational tips for you today!!! The top photo shows the hanging file container I keep in my kitchen by my phone. I got the white hanging file folders and the blue and green file folders from the Container Store and they weren't too expensive! I then used my label maker and gave Ben and Emily each a hanging file folder labeled with their names. Each child gets a blue folder labeled "school" and a green folder labeled "Activities". In each school folder I put their supply lists, any important notes or calendars to hang on to and sheets of labels with each kids' names and grade on it. I print labels out before school starts and use them to label supplies, and I put labels on their water bottles each day (that way they aren't drinking out of water fountains and it's easy to tell to whom the water bottle belongs. I also label hanging file folders with "Family" and "Receipts". In the family folder I label file folders for "gift certificates", "menus", "coupons", and one with my name on it for my important papers. I put any and all receipts in that hanging folder. It makes returns very easy!!! Anyway, I came up with this system when Ben started First Grade and I've been tweeking it every since. I think it's finely tuned now and ready to share with others. Remember, any good organizational system has to be easy and work for you...it can't be something that is a chore to keep up. (I am really directing this advice to my sweet and loving sisters!) Happy organizing!