Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Family Organization Book

I have a desk in my house that is the center of all hub-bub in the house. For some crazy reason I can NEVER keep it clean! I think it's the catch-all "I don't know where to put this" place in the house. So, to help with this, I decided to create a "Family Organization Book." Yeah, I know the name is rather dry, but that's exactly what it is. I took a 3 ring binder, and put 5 dividers in it for 5 sections:
1) Notes-anything I need to scribble at any time
2)"Dynamic" Papers-papers that come in and go permission slips, flyers for the school Fun Fair, book orders, reminders for upcoming activities, etc.
3)"Static" Papers-these papers will stick around for a long time, like the school calendar, class lists, my list of "kids-eat-free" restaurant nights (which check out the website , you'll love it!), etc.
4)Phone #s/email addresses
5)Grocery list-my husband is always saying, "Oh, could you get this at the store next time you go?" and then of course I never remember, so now he can just right it down in the section.
And then in the back pocket of the binder, I've stuck some gift certificates and coupons for any place my family likes to go out and eat. (I think going out to eat is my very favorite thing to do! I really, really, love good food.....I've been spoiled since moving to Chicago!).

So, from now on, when I go through our mail, or the papers my kids bring home from school, I'll immediately take out whatever I need, punch holes in it, and put them in my book!

So that's it! I'll let you all know if the top of my desk stays any clearer now!


  1. Anne Marie this is such a good idea. That desk of yours has been the collection point for years and the problem has only been escalating. This should stop it dead in its tracks.

  2. Wow, I need your inspiration! I'll definitely be following. Help me with how to keep up with the daily toy clutter and the kid's rooms. Anything you learn, pass it on!

  3. Just what I NEED! I bought a binder at Walmart yesterday to help me stay organized now that I have a little one going off to Kindergarten! I like the ideas in your binder!

  4. Thanks Anne Marie! I am looking forward to hearing all of your helpful tips...especially since we are preparing to move SOON!

  5. I did something similar, and it worked pretty well. Sometimes it is a pain to punch holes and then open up the binder claps to put it in. I would recommend the clear plastic 3-ring page protectors. That way you can just slide things in and out. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  6. Anne Marie, I really need help with organization! I am so glad I can get some inspiration and wonderful ideas from you. Thanks so much for sharing this with me!