Make Your Own Coupon Organizer

home made coupon bookBy Basic Organization team member Tracy Wells.

It’s easy to make a custom coupon book.  I purchased a regular 4×6 photo album and placed stick-on label tabs. On each tab I wrote the name of an item or category. Then I  placed the coupon inside the clear plastic sleeve. Next, I will give it a try to save some money with my next shopping trip!

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10 Ways to Organize Without Spending Any Money

  1. Plan Meals.
  2. Turn your hangers around to identify the items you never wear.
  3. Note everything down in your calendar.
  4. Make a grocery list.
  5. Organize your pantry.
  6. Sort piles into groups of like-items.
  7. Reuse empty containers to store things.
  8. Organize your loose photos into chronological order.
  9. Write down family routines and post for all to see.
  10. Live with less.

 

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How To Organize Your Recipes

I love to cook and I love to try new recipes.

If you are like me, then you have to find a way to keep your recipes organized.

For years (before digital organizing was possible) I used to cut recipes out of magazines or copy them on my printer. Then, I had a spot in my kitchen where they’d sit until I’d try each recipe. We used to have a ritual at my house. After trying a new recipe, we would vote, was it (recipe) box worthy or not. If yes, then it would be cut and taped onto a 3 X 5 card and filed into my dear Mother-in-Law’s recipe box. Time consuming – yes, but before the going digital it worked. Don’t worry I didn’t spend all my time doing this. We were brutal when voting a recipe IN or OUT. Also, I use new recipes rather often, so if a magazine clipping spent more than a few months in my kitchen spot waiting for it’s turn, I’d figure that I was never going to try it and it got tossed.

Since then, internet sites specializing in recipe sharing have arrived. I now save everything on the web. I like AllRecipes.com, but there are several – Epicurious.com, FoodNetwork.com, etc. You can register for a free account, so you can save all your favorites to find them later. I also love to read the reviews of other user – something you can’t get from a magazine.

I also use Pinterest to save recipes these days. People post such great photos, it makes I want to try them. When using Pinterest for  this you have to organize your pins yourself, so it’s important to have a system. When I started I didn’t think much about a system and soon I had a lot of recipes pinned on one board. What a mess! So I spent a little time “organizing” my pins onto specific boards. I need to do this again. Just like any other organizing project, it’s not a one-time thing. A few minutes, once in a while will maintain order. You can see my boards here.

How do you save recipes? I’d love to hear.

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How Inspiring is Your Office?

You spend so much time on your office. Does it work for you?

Rate yourself from 1 (does not describe me at all) to 5 (absolutely describes me) for each statement.

  1. My office appears to be professional and under control.
  2. I waste no time looking for misplaced items in my office.
  3. I would be prepared if audited by the IRS.
  4. I have a paper flow system.
  5. If I was out of my office someone else could find what is needed.
  6. I can focused in my office.
  7. I use my filing system.
  8. The room arrangement flows well.
  9. There is something of beauty in my space.
  10. I feel inspired in my office.

Add up your score.

  1. If you reached the 40s, you are doing well.
  2. If you reached the 30s, you are good, but probably work a little too hard.
  3. If you scored in the 20s, you are not alone, but can get help.
  4. If you only made it into the teens and you want help, we are here for you!
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Would You Like More Time in Your Schedule?

A special Time Management offering.

Swimming against the tide

“How you manage your time and organize your life might not be the way your husband, friend, or co-worker does it.”

– Julie Gray

julie_gray_026-copyIf you have tried conventional time management systems and they just don’t work for you, I highly recommend you check out Julie Gray from Profound Impact. She can help you uncover what will work for you. The answer is inside of you!

 

  • Get clear on what specific results you seek
  • Understand your current situation
  • Zero in on what obstacles are keeping you from your goals
  • Map out a plan together to achieve your results

Julie is offering a free “More Time Strategy Session” to all Basic Organization followers. To learn more and sign up click here.

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Labeling Inside Your Refrigerator

IMG_20140625_212304By Basic Organization team member Tracy Wells.

Take a peak inside my refrigerator. I just put labels on the inside door for all of my condiments. This is an easy solution for a household full of young ones who may not always put things back in the same place. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion as to where the missing condiment went.

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10 Reasons To Use Move-N-Order

Moving is right up there on the stress meter with a major illness or going through a divorce. Sounds wonderful – right! So if you are moving this summer, consider making it easier with a Move-N-Order package.

10 Reasons to Use Move-N-Order on Your Next Move

  1. Save Time.
  2. Reduce stress.
  3. Reduce micro-managing movers.
  4. Ensure everything gets placed into the correct room the first time.
  5. Ensures all furniture is place in the correct position in the room.
  6. Inventory accountability at end of the day.
  7. Easy to use.
  8. Reduce the cost of your move.
  9. Easy for non-readers or non-English speakers to use.
  10. Easy way to combine two households or items from storage.

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The Move-N-Order packages come in 2 sizes – One for a large (4 bedroom) home and one for a smaller (2 bedroom) home. In each package you get color-coded labels for boxes, removable labels for furniture, a place to inventory all your boxes and furniture pieces, a gridded page to lay-out each room in your new home and new FRAGILE and OPEN FIRST stickers.

 

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Happy Birthday USA!

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Delegating Tasks to the Kids

Kids home for the summer? Does this mean that you are overwhelmed with keeping them busy?

Consider giving them some more responsibility this summer. Have them pitch-in around the house and/or take more responsibility for themselves. Identify 3 to-do’s that you can delegate to each child. Take some time teaching them what and how to do each task. Make it fun. The biggest job for you is to get them on board and make sure they follow-through all summer.

Here are some ideas:

  • Feed the pets.
  • Make the family grocery list.
  • Vacuum the main rooms of the house.
  • Pack their own suitcase for vacation.
  • Read to their younger siblings.
  • Water plants.
  • Do their own laundry.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Set the table for dinner.

As you can see, some of these are one-time tasks and some will have to be done with some regularity. I think it’s a good idea to mix and match. Pick age-appropriate tasks, so they don’t get overwhelmed as well. You will not only lighten your load this summer, but you will also teach your children responsibility.

 

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End Manual Mania

Do you have a drawer, a box, or a cabinet filled with the instruction manuals to all the products you own? Would you like to get rid of them? Here’s the solution for you!

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Manualsonline.com has over 700,000 free user manuals that you can store electronically in your own virtual filing cabinet. They have manuals for everything, including computers, cameras, cell phones and all types of small and large appliances. How great is that?!

(This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments.)

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