Wednesday, May 30, 2012

home management binder {part 6}

I'm back again working on my
My next tab is my home maintenance tab. This tab will contain a home maintenance checklist that I got from iheartorganizing.  This is a two sided checklist that tells you which maintenance items need to be done and how often. This will be a great resource, when I finally get my own house.

I also have a cleaning checklist that I made that will go in the pocket of this section. I already had it laminated so it easily tucks inside.

I also found some other deep cleaning and room specific checklists that I will put into this section.

I grabbed these two from clean mama.
A kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist

And this quick clean up list

They will both go into page protectors and go behind the home maintenance checklist.

Next is my vehicles tab. This section will contain a vehicle maintenance log for each of our vehicles. My current loan documents are safe and sound at my parents' house, but any future loan documents will go into this section as well.

My auto log is also a freebie I grabbed from iheart organizing 

Only a few sections left…we're almost done.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

home management binder {part 5}

Today I'm back again with the 

The next tab is the contact info tab. As of now, there isn't a lot in this section. I am going to use a sheet I got from iheartorganizing to track all of my important information.

I also found this sheet on the nest effect, and I think I will use this to track my personal contacts. I know everything is in my phone. But if someone else needs to access them, this is a great place to keep them.

I will spend the rest of my time today filling these pages in, I have a lot of contacts to record.

Keep up the good work everyone!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

home management binder {part 4}

Continuing the

Today, I am actually putting my binder together. Maybe just a few sections at a time. I don't want to go crazy all at once.
I have gathered all my materials, and I may or may not be creating my binder in the middle of the living room floor. Here's a hint, I am. My "office space" just was not enough space to get everything spread out.

Here's what I have gathered:

  • binder
  • 3-hole punch
  • dividers
  • page protectors
  • label maker (unless I use the template from avery that came with my dividers)
  • stack of papers to find a new home inside the binder
  • water bottle filled with crystal light energy
  • Law and Order SVU on the TV - although I  am a big fan, you can chose your own show :)

I'm starting with the cover page. I printed it from iheartorganizing and popped it in a page protector. first step done. easy peasy.

I have already decided on my tabs, so just popped my dividers in next.  Remember, my dividers are from these, from Staples. {I think you can still snag the 50% off coupon that I used}
I already decided on my sections:

  • calendar
  • contact info
  • home vehicles
  • finances
  • school
  • family
Here they are:

The first tab in my home management binder is the calendar tab. It made sense to put the most frequently used tab in the front.

I have used a few different weekly calendars from time to time, so I am putting a few extra copies in the front pocket of this section. {they are from iheartorganizing and the nest effect}

Then I grabbed my monthly calendars that were previously residing in the front of my file box

I just three hole punched them and popped them in behind the divider. 

Remember these are from anything but perfect,  they are absolutely adorable and FREE.

Here's a peek at my May calendar, not a whole lot on there yet but I'm sure it will fill up.

I snagged this from iheartorganizing also, and It will go behind my monthly calendar pages. I will fill it out with all my family's birthdays and anniversaries.

So there's my calendar tab.  We're off to a great start. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

tuesday teacher tip

The daily five. It's an awesome resource, courtesy of the sisters {Joan Moser and Gail Boushey}
I used the daily five in my first grade student teaching and I absolutely loved it. So of course, now I must make it cute as well as functional.
So I made these cards to organize the students' daily five choices- I think I will use them in a pocket chart. I haven't decided if I will use students' names or their numbers to organize them. Numbers can be reused each year, while names give them ownership.
Check out either of the sister's websites:
There is even a link to purchase the books if you don't already own one.
If you can use these in your classroom, download your free copy here. We would love for you to leave a comment or become a follower if you download.
What other great daily five resources are out there? I've been doing some pinning, but I'm sure there are more!

Monday, May 21, 2012

home management binder {part 3}

 series continues…

I have been searching blogland for some great ideas on what to put in my home management binder and how exactly to do it. I have spent a few hours searching actually, which doesn't seem like a long time. But it kind of is, when you are just sitting at your computer….feeling just a bit lazy. Remember the list I came up with {here}.

Some of my faves I have found are:
Jen, over at iheartorganizing: posts about her household binder here
Toni, at a bowl full of lemons posts on her home management binder here
 They each had link parties, which led me to many many more home management binder posts!

From the list I created I divided them into these sections:

  • calendar
  • contact info
  • home
  • vehicle
  • finances
  • school
  • family

I have been planning to make a home management binder for a while now, and I actually did snag Jen, at iheartorganizing's freebies when she did her post, so I think I will use some of her forms instead of trying to remake them myself. No sense in redoing something she has already done so well. Maybe in the future I will make my own to better fit my needs, when I figure out exactly what those are.

Here are my beginning supplies:
My binder is from Target and some Avery sheet protectors
I may have an addiction to page protectors, but I'm fine with it. I'm sure there are some others out there (other than my sister), right?

So for now I am going to use the cover that she offers, when {assuming that it will eventually happen} I get married I might make a new one using my new last name and maybe a family picture? But for now I am going to use this one:

My cover  will go into a page protector and into the front of the binder.

Now for my tabs, I grabbed these dividers at Staples when I had a 50% off coupon. I may have overbought, but hey they were half price and I would hate to run out.

This is what I'm planning for each section---

calendar- I am the girl that has like 17 calendars. Its ridiculous. I carry a planner, but I also like to a full size month calendar too. We keep a family calendar in the kitchen, but all of my things to do not go on that calendar. I will also keep my softball schedule in this section for this summer. For my month calendars for this year I am using these cuties from anything but perfect. I already had them printed so I figured I could just keep using them. I 3-hole-punched them and popped them in my binder.
I have important dates in my planner, but I think it will be a good idea to keep them in here. I will also stash a few cards in the back of the pocket of this section.

contact info- this section will contain a list that I also got from iheartorganizing.

home- this tab is more for the future, for now its just going to have the home maitanance checklist that a snagged from iheartorganizing. I think I will keep my cleaning checklists in the section also. I have one that is laminated that I made for myself. But I have a few other checklists that I have snagged from other blogs.
I'm debating if I want to keep my menu and grocery planning in this binder or in my coupon binder (that will hopefully be made soon).

I will also keep my laminated copies of my pantry and freezer inventory in the pocket of this section. If it gets updated correctly its an easy way to menu plan and see what needs to be added to the grocery list.

vehicle- I have a 2008 Pontiac G6, that I bought the while I was in college. The first vehicle I ever had to pay for, it was traumatic. And when I say bought, I don't actually mean bought, because its not quite paid for yet, but almost. It runs great, I have never had any major maintenance done on it. Just regular oil changes and brakes. Oh and a strut, whatever that is.
But my boyfriend's 2004 Envoy XUV will probably have more issues. I drive this bad boy the 2 blocks to school and he drives my cute little car. I know, my poor car. So they will each get their own page to keep track of maintenance. I think when {if} we get married, this bad boy has got to go, its gigantic and not very fuel efficient. but it is paid for….
I think that I will also keep vehicle loan documents in this section.

finances- Right now I have my student loans in their own folders, but everything else just gets tossed into a file folder once its paid. Each one has its own folder, so its not a horrible system. But it could be better. I have a checklist somewhere, (available in our etsy shop I believe) I just need to find it and put it in this section. I also plan to put our monthly budget planning worksheet in this section as well. I already have it laminated so I think I will just pop it in the front of the folder of this section. I also plan to keep a checkbook in the pocket as well, so it is close by when I'm ready to pay bills. I think I will move my bills to be paid from my planner into the pocket in this section. It makes sense to keep it all in the same place.

Not sure which bill payment form I will use yet...

school- for now this will contain my school calendar and other documents (time off requests, etc) I assume eventually it will contain school information for my hypothetical future children.

If I had kids I would have a babysitter/pet sitter tab but for now I guess for now I will just have the pet sitting pages, even though my parents have my pets. But I think I will get to have one of them back eventually. However, I'm afraid I have lost custody of my black lab, Hank, and siamese/Himalayan cat, Harley.  Jett, my Shih tzu/Chihuahua mix might get to come back to me with a slight custody battle. I would include a daily schedule for kids, if I had any. Similar to the one I made for my sister
So now I have a giant stack of papers sitting at my desk. I will start actually putting it together soon!
Check back for my next post! If you haven't gathered your supplies yet, there's still time to catch up. 
Is there anything I'm missing?? leave a comment.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Five and a freebie

Hey everyone. We're here again linking up with Lauren, at from my grey desk.

Here is our Friday Five-

1. After being away getting a new hard drive, my (shannon's) mac book pro is back! and only $215....not too bad. I have missed my light up keys....the regular mac book doesn't have them--lame! And now to put everything back on it….just installed oh say 500 fonts from the wonderful Kevin and Amanda- both fonts for peas and scrapbooking fonts of course :)

2. Only one more day of school for Shannon! woot! I can't wait for a little free time!

3. The rest of the family (except Shannon, because she was slaving away at Menards) participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure walk on Sunday.

4. No chemo this week for Niki :)  Only a few more treatments left!

5. Softball practice started this week! and I was already injured-- just a scratched up leg from sliding practice, but it makes it feel like softball!

and a freebie for you…

I (Shannon) have been doing a lot of teacher blog stalking lately so it has inspired me to try to make a few classroom things. The emphasis is on the *try* I really am not sure I know what I'm doing yet.

It's just a simple hot lunch, cold lunch choice chart. But you gotta start somewhere right??  There is a hot lunch header and a cold lunch header. There are student number so that each student can move their number to their lunch choice for the day. Most elementary teachers use numbers for their kids right?
Just cut and laminate them and they are ready to use in your classroom!

We would love for you to leave a comment or follow our blog if you download. 
Have a great weekend eveyone!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

a little inspiration

I found a delightful little blog the other day, Pinch a Little, Save-a-lot. Her blog layout is absolutely adorable and we heart it!

She offers some amazing free printables, I mean she goes above and beyond. They are completely ready to go printables to complete your project. Check out her family emergency planning kit or moving kit, and Christmas printables, all for FREE.

She also offers some great DIY projects and sort of makes me wish that I could sew. Maybe I could learn? Look at these adorable pin cushions!

She also offers some great printables for the kitchen or your home management binder, if you already have one or are making one with me :)

Head over and check out Bekah's super cute blog!

What other great blogs are out there that we are missing out on?? {yours or someone's} leave us the address in the comments, we are always looking for new sources of inspiration!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

home management binder {part 2}

Today I'm back to working on my...
I have been working on building a list of things that I would like to have in my binder. Some ideas are my own, others I have gotten from other blogs. 

So here's what I've got so far:

In the kitchen:

  • inventories {fridge, freezer, pantry}
  • menu planning
  • coupon binder (will be in another binder)
  • recipes  ( I keep mine in a cute little box on the counter, but some people may want a binder for them)
    • I considered a binder, but I didn't want to have to mess with lugging a binder around the kitchen while I'm trying to cook. I have my recipes on laminated cards.
Calendar/time management:

  • school calendars and other information
  • monthly calendars
  • Idea Lists/To Do Lists
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Greeting Card Checklist
  • important contact information
For the home:
  • cleaning checklists
  • home maintenance
  • rent/mortgage information
  • bill payment checklist
  • checkbook
  • bills to be paid
  • online bill payment information
  • Computer Log Names/Passwords
  • Credit Card and ID Information
  • student loan information?
  • maintenance log
  • loan documents
Potential Topics for the future: (might label this section "family")
  • babysitter notes
  • kids' daily  schedule
  • petsitter notes
  • CPR Instructions
  • Emergency Pack List
  • gym membership/information
  • magazine subscriptions
  • netflix
  • event planning
  • gift giving
  • Family Sizes and Measurements
  • history
  • bills
  • other documents
What other topics might need to be included in my home management binder? What am I missing?
I have some of these printables ready to go already. Some I have grabbed from other bloggers, and some I have made on my own. I will try to link up where I have gotten other printables, and share the ones I have made on my own.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

tuesday teacher tip

 My teacher tip for the day isn't really a tip exactly, more of a resource. Classroom Freebies might just be one of my new favorite websites! There are so many amazing classroom resources being shared by different teachers, and they are all FREE! even better!

Classroom Freebies Too
There is a new post with a new freebie each day. Yes, thats right, another great FREE resource each day.
The freebies are even categorized by grade level. easy peasy.

I may have spent a few hours on this blog yesterday and it has inspired me to try to make my own classroom resource. 
I think I will start with something simple, maybe I have, who has? Who doesn't love that game? 
It's the simplest game that {usually} makes kids pay attention. And it's a quick and easy time filler.
I'll get started on that and maybe have it ready to go for next week's teacher tip.
What other great teaching resources are out there?? Share with us!