Saturday, May 14, 2011
I have always considered myself a "neat freak", but if you'd see my home right now, you wouldn't believe me. How did I come to live like this? Between keeping up with my hubby and 2 kids, my full time job, and my many other life activities, my life is in a state of chaos!
In January, I took a teaching position at Southeast Technical Institute. I love the job, itself, but I also love that I have the summer off! So, I say, what better time to get myself organized? I can't, of course, spend money while doing so, though. Along with my desire to keep things neat and tidy is my obsessive compulsive desire to do so while still saving a buck.
So...here is one of the things I will be doing to get organized for FREE:
I'm putting together a Family Organizer. Its a binder filled with all of my family's important information (calendars, birthdays, addresses, menu planner, grocery lists, doctor's names/phone numbers, etc.). Here are a couple of FREE sites that I have printed documents from:
Mommy Tracked: Menu planner, weekly family calendar, to-do lists, etc (very cute, too!!)
SampleWords: Address book, bill organizer, gift list, fitness log, etc.
Check them out, and consider starting your own family organizer. I'm hoping that this one "book" will jump-start this process for me. The biggest hurdle I have to overcome during this "phase' of my plan is meal planning. We have never planned our meals...I'm looking forward to avoiding the long "what do you want for dinner"...."I don't know, what do you want" conversation. It will also help us save money by using up our leftovers and allowing us to cook with products for which we can use coupons...
Have you done meal planning? I'd love to hear your insight and stories. What worked best for you? What didn't work. Share it below in the "comments" so we can all learn from you!!