Ah, the planning is done for this evening -- done, done, done! All the kids' assignments for the week are safely tucked into their binders, awaiting their eager little faces in the morning.
And speaking of binders...
My friend Malia has gotten into this coupon thing with me, and tossed off a little email to me last night, asking "What do you think of this coupon organizer?"
That did it.
You see, I've been using this
and it's gotten awfully full.
I had to spend more time organizing coupons than I wanted to, but that was the only way to be able to find what I needed when I needed it. I knew I wasn't happy with my system, but wasn't doing anything about it.
Until I was shown... the binder.
Seriously, I should have thought of the binder idea long ago. I am somewhat of a binder queen, using them for everything from homeschooling organization, favorite family recipe collections, homekeeping "control" journal, Bible study notes, etc etc etc.
I've got a lot of binders.
So it was with great enthusiasm that I jumped on my next project -- getting a better organization system in place!
I gathered my supplies -- a binder and some trading card protectors...
...but first, I had to make the outside pretty, or I wouldn't be inspired.
Then, I got to work. I figured that the front pocket and the zippered pencil holder...
Would be a great place for the flyers and "coupons I haven't filed yet"
The page protectors seem like they'll be a pretty good solution, although I can tell right now that being able to see through the pages is going to annoy me.
That's too much "visual clutter" for me. My dh, who knows me so well, took my complaint in stride and recommended putting dividers between each page. I was going to just put the adhesive tabs on the plastic pages themselves, but now that I see how it looks, I think he's right.
I'll be working on this more tomorrow... filling up the pages, adding category tabs on the side and... here's the big one -- giving it "the drop test." Will I lose all my coupons if (ahem) some little one drops it off the counter?
Tune in tomorrow and see!