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I had an FMOO (Freak Moment Of Organization) before starting homeschooling this year. (My son is in kindergarten and the younger daughter is in preschool. My oldest daughter is in 3rd grade at a Spanish immersion charter school. Love dem kids!)
I created a binder with (most of) my important stuff in one place. So brilliant, no? And I even got all nerdy by using those clear plastic sheets so nothing gets wet when my daughter spills her drink on it. (Already happened.)
You must know that I am hit and miss when it comes to organization, but I figured I’d share this in hopes of inspiring other organized wannabes, as well as hearing what you OCD ladies do…
It goes without saying that you need be neither a homeschooling mama or even a mama at all in order to make use of this idea. Just a girl who wants her horizontal surfaces to stop looking like this:
I decorated the front by slipping a Praying in Color drawing
into the plastic cover that I did at a women’s event when we first moved here. (Note to self: Should probably do another one for this year to get me all inspired and such…)
Then I started with a blank, 1 page Master To Do List (entitled “List Madness”) at the very beginning which I edit, add and refer to often. It includes such titled categories as: To Do, To Contact, To Get/Buy, Groceries, To Make, Blog List, and “Craigslist” (Craig, his list, and I have spent lots of time together over the years.)
In my school section I have grade level standards, blank work record sheets for our co-op, a 100 numbers chart, small laminated US & world map, my daughter’s school year schedule, and a classic children’s book list to take with us to the library. I just added a sheet with our state’s recycling redemption prices because we plan to make and learn about money by recycling our plastics, glass, and aluminum at the local recycling center. (We’ve already earned over a buck fifty!)
In the all important food section, I have my grocery shopping list, meal ideas, and lunch box options. These are all lists that I’ve recorded over the years of oft-forgotten successes and ideas that I can refer to when the people around here still insist on eating – even though I’ve already fed them.
And in a miscellaneous section
, I have date night in ideas (so the hubs and I don’t default to staring at separate screens during that couple of hours we have together after the kids go to bed) and my “Boredom List
And here are some of my inspirations from other (more organized) mamas:
Kat at Inspired To Action
might be my all-time favorite mom blogger and she has free, inspiring printable resources
including a Motherhood Mission Statement exercise and 31 day prayer calendars for kids and husbands. Also, her Maximize Your Mornings challenge has changed this night owl’s life – when I have the discipline to follow it… *sheepish grin*
Many of you have probably heard of the Fly Lady
for home organization/cleaning tips. I have printed out her Eleven Commandments
to have something to put in my organization/cleaning section
. So far they are just there for looks…
I am sure my Mom Binder will continue to morph – and parts may get neglected, ’cause that’s just how I roll. But right now, I’m flippin’ ’round in da ting and crossin’ stuff off ma lists, and pattin’ myself on da back!
I would love to hear what pages some of you “binder-oriented peeps” have that others would also find useful.