Creating a Monthly Meal Plan: Step 1 – Collecting Recipes

In a previous post, I shared how our family was going to set up a monthly meal plan rotation in order to save time and energy in the coming stressful months.  I wanted to share with you exactly how we are doing that. Step One- Collecting Favorite Recipes What you’ll need: Cookbooks and recipe files […]

Planning a Meal Rotation to Avoid Eating Out

Last year was tough for our family. We are working at maximum capacity with very little margins, both in terms of time and finances. Unfortunately, one of the first things I neglect when I’m tired and stressed is meal planning. Let’s just say that, after last year, the restaurants in the area know us by […]

Keeping Track of Books: LibraryThing.com

My husband is a librarian and a scholar at heart. He has lots of books. I have my own collection of books, including a large selection of children’s books to use in my preschool classroom. Our family loves LibraryThing. LibraryThing is a  website where you can catalog books. Here are some ways you can use […]

Think outside the Box; Art Supply Containers for Travel

Think outside the Box; Art Supply Containers for Travel

When preparing to travel, a necessary evil is collecting toiletries for the trip.  How much do you bring?  Do you bring the whole container or a smaller bottle?  Travel containers can be so expensive, but why take up valuable space in your luggage if you don’t need a large quantity of a product? A neat […]

Repurpose and Reuse VHS Cases

Repurpose and Reuse VHS Cases

Do you recognize what these are from the picture?  Remember VHS tapes?  These are the plastic cases many VHS tapes came in.  Now that technology is shifting away from VHS tapes, what to do with all those cases?  Well, how about use them for craft supplies?  The cases in the photo are holding buttons, but […]

Use a Lazy Susan to Tame Craft Supplies

If you are a crafter, you know how many small supplies go along with your hobby; pens, scissors, pins/needles, tape measure, buttons, paint, the list goes on.  While these items are essential for the success of your work, they are also easy to lose.  Having a clear home for these items helps you stay productive […]

File Organizing: Use Stickers to Identify File Homes

File Organizing: Use Stickers to Identify File Homes

In the process of revamping a client’s filing system recently, I recommended using matching colored interior and exterior file folders to help identify different parts of her world: family, bills, home etc. (This system is described in detail by Erin Elizabeth Wells in this video.) While color-coding a filing system is a great long-term organizational tool, it […]

Kids and Organizing: Create an Allowance and Chore Chart

The end of the school year is upon us, which means more time with the kids! Summer also means more free time for kids. If you’ve been thinking about how to give your kids more responsibility, this can be the perfect time of year to ease them into some new, more helpful habits. This summer, […]

Home Organizing: Board Games

Home Organizing: Board Games

I recently met a family who has dozens and dozens of board games that they like to play with friends. The problem is that when they want to play, they can’t remember what all their choices are. So I suggested two things: 1.  Keep all the board games together. Currently, the games are stored in […]

Basic Organizing: Keeping Track of Your Keys

Basic Organizing: Keeping Track of Your Keys

I confess that I’ve had to work hard at keeping track of my keys. At home, they always go on the hook right inside the door. That’s worked well for years.  But I’ve had trouble keeping track of my keys when I’m not at home. Just put them in your purse, right?  Well, I have this […]