For those that have been following my recent blog posts, you will remember I have finally taken a stab at reorganizing my craft area. I’ve also decided to try again and post more regularly or at least more often again. It’s a bit of a challenge if you have your day job, committees at said day job, family commitments, a burgeoning collection of hobbies, and many other things going on in life. Also, I found that I have inadvertently allowed myself to be designated as the responsible person in my family. Unfortunately, I have a nasty habit of forgetting things and letting things slide. This blog is living proof of that habit. I just kind of stopped posting for a while and next thing, I realize that it has been two years. So, in the spirit of keeping myself on track and getting things done, I decided to go back to the old ways and made myself a planner/ organizer.
And you would say “but isn’t there an app for that?”, and that would totally make sense. I have a smartphone that has a calendar, downloadable apps for one thing and another, I’ve even tried keeping a Cozi family calendar once. Although having the calendar on my phone is quite helpful in reminding me which days I work, what time the meetings are and where to go, and an app for making to do lists and shopping lists and such are useful as well, it just doesn’t feel the same to me. I feel I am able to think more logically and plan better when I am able to write things down. I still like being able to look things up on my phone or computer but the ability to write it down on paper really helps my brain remember things and make it feel more real somehow.
I found this on Pinterest a few years back and thought it would be a good copycat idea. I also found some sites that have free downloadable pages that you can resize to a full 8 1/2 x 11 or a half page ( 5 1/2 x 8 1/2). I also found this little binder I have kept throughout the years.
Not quite a big fan of the purple so I painted it with gesso while I was trying to decide how to bedazzle it.
I didn’t want to make it look too eye-catching since I might be whipping it out in public once in a while and I really prefer not to be silently judged by people around me when I do that. I found some pretty papers that are a bit low-key. I used some mod podge to glue it to the binder, and painted a layer over the whole thing afterwards to make the paper stronger and keep it from being torn when I am carrying it around in my bag.
The mod podge gives the whole binder a sort of leathery texture which is perfect for the patterns on the paper.
I downloaded and printed out the planner pages, used my 3-hole puncher for the binder holes, and stuck some post-it notes in the pocket, and some of these tab thingies for flagging important things in the binder. I cut a piece of velcro in half, stuck one half onto the binder with some permanent glue dots, and stuck the other portion onto a pen. That way, I always have one accessible and I would have a spot to keep it.
Here’s a closer look at the tabbed sections (which need a bit more work) and the different planner pages.
I used a weekly type schedule planner, a weekly meal planner, and a weekly blog planner as well. The “projects” planner page was made a while back using excel to plan the boxes. There is also a section towards the very back for notes like websites or whatever else.
The link for the planner pages are from here. They are mostly PDF’s that can be resized to fit whichever size you make your organizer to be.
Hopefully, this little guy can help me stay organized and on track in the days ahead. It’s still a work in progress so eventually, some pages may be revised depending on what’s needed. Now, if only organizing the rest of the house were that easy.