You see, there is a small section of counter-top right next to our refrigerator. There are no outlets there, so no appliances call it home. And, it's too small to actually make food on, so it never gets food-messy. This has become "my" counter space. I have a small bulletin board propped against the wall where I tack coupons and gift cards, my camera sits there, my lists are spread out, mail that's ready to send can be found there as can more lists, and also paperwork that needs attention. On that side of the fridge itself are more lists: project lists, shopping lists, meal planning lists, etc.
Side note: One time as we were getting ready to go on vacation, Jamey threatened to take a picture of my counter-full of lists. I think I had about ten going. But now, let me explain...there were lists about things we needed to ask the neighbors to do, there were packing lists, things to do before we left, phone calls that needed to be made, what needed packing in the coolers, closing up the house chores, etc. You get it right? I was justified with my ten lists...right?
My goal with the binder was to get this section of my kitchen streamlined and organized, therefore organizing my mind. Well, at least I wanted it to be a way to organize all the things I don't want to forget. And, with a mind like a sieve (I blame the children), there are a lot of things to remember. Here is what I came up with:
No, I'm not in elementary school. This was something I thought we might use for school, but didn't. I turned it into a place to jot down the meal I have planned for that evening (I was just starting the first week and didn't have it all planned yet) as well as reminders/to-do items. The following tabs hold the following lists inside....
Meals tab: This section holds a list of the meals I have ingredients for.
Shopping tab: Here I have post-its stuck to the page with the store name at the top. We try really hard to combine trips and plan ahead. If we realize we're going to be out near one of the stores we frequent, we can pull the list off on our way out the door.
Posts tab: Blog post ideas. Have any suggestions?
Keeping Track: This section holds several pages of lists including my Christmas Idea List, my project list (for when I have larger chunks of time), photo books completed list (so I know where to pick up with the next one), and kid milestones/funny quotes page (to add to their yearly summary I write at their birthdays).
Behind these tabs are a few more recipes that are still in plastic sleeves and behind those, a section on special occasion ideas for our table. The sleeves make these photos look a little weird, but you get the idea.
With this project complete, my counter-top holds the binder, camera, letter organizer, tissue box, and hand sanitizer (for when Jamey gets home from work). The side of the fridge is less cluttered as well with only the grocery list posted there (so it's handy for Jamey if he uses something up). With all my "stuff" in one place, tucked into a neat binder no-less, it gives this organization-junkie peace of mind.
Well, at least until I can think of something else that needs reorganization. Can you nest even when you're not expecting? Pin It