I know I haven’t been active lately – to be honest, I haven’t even been posting show notes for the last several episodes. But I’ve been trying to get things organized, and I think I’ve finally started hitting my stride. What with two adult children (WHAT), two cats, two jobs, two classes going on at school, and trying to renovate Rob’s house and my apartment, life has been a bit hectic. I’ve been creating some tools to help myself stay organized, and my boss actually jokingly suggested I should do it as a side-business. Well, THAT doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but I am more than willing to share my organizational tools as free printables that you can customize for your own use!
When Rob and I are together, we tend to do a lot of errands in one trip. This means trying to divide a shopping list between several stores, which can get confusing. After I took a Microsoft Word class last year, I developed this multi-store shopping list template that can be customized with your own store names, and a bullet list for each store. I’ve included some items as examples.
I’m also really bad at planning my groceries out ahead of time. I wasn’t keeping track of what I had at home, things would sit in the fridge for far too long after they were no longer edible, and I would buy things I didn’t think I had, so I would end up with three bags of apples! Meal planning is a great way of using up what you’ve got, and knowing exactly what you have to pick up at the store. My weekly meal plan document is attached with a week’s worth of meals and shopping sorted out by grocery store section.
And even though my kids are adults doesn’t mean I don’t still need to spell out exactly which chores I want done when. (I also need reminders of when things need to be done by – such as getting the recycling and compost out the night before they’re meant to be picked up).
I’ve also tried bullet journaling several times now, and this weekly layout I designed for the binder I keep on my desk at work has proven to be quite helpful! I also don’t have to worry about buying a new calendar every year, and I can customize with stickers, clip-art, markers, whatever I want, really!
I do have some other things I’m working on, but those will have to wait until I iron all the bugs out. I hope that some of you find these useful. They’ve certainly been lifesavers for me! There will be some recipes on the way in coming weeks, some plant love, as well as some photography/outings and more podcast/knitting posts. Stick around, things are going to get exciting!