Growing up, I was a geek. So, my love for all things school-related may have influenced my organizational style. However, if you have not experienced the powerful ability of notebooks to tame your clutter, allow me to introduce you to notebooks outside the school zone…
In Kitchens, consider notebooks for
- Recipes – Recipes that are printed or torn from magazine pages can become wadded up and unreadable when stuffed in a recipe box. Put them in a notebook instead.
- Recipes to Try – I collect new recipes and sort them into tabs: soup, main meal, desserts, appetizers, etc. When I want to try something new, I flip to the section to see my options. By the way, this can make a great gift. My sister saw my notebook and wanted one, too.
- Appliance Manuals – Regular sized and mini notebooks are useful to tame those small manuals that seem to fall off shelves or get stuck behind cookbooks.
- Health Articles – If your family has special dietary needs or health considerations, keep that information together in a notebook for easy reference.
In Dens, try notebooks for
- Vacations – I don’t mean for the trips you’ve taken. (That’s an entirely different post.) This is for vacations you want to take. When you’re looking through a magazine or hear about a neat place on TV, put it in your Vacation book. Mine has tabs for day trips, weekend excursions, and 7-day-or-more trips.
- Home Decorating – A notebook for Home Dec is great to collect ideas. Tabs can be created for each room. It’s also useful to keep existing information about your rooms. A page showing your current paint color’s name, number, and store where purchased can be invaluable.
Simplicity Tip of the Day: Getting organized doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Simple tools used creatively, like a well-planned notebook, can tame a mountain of clutter.