Our first task was for me to take all of this:
and turn it into a useful house binder. I've been meaning to do this for years and Toni's challenge was the kick in the pants I needed.
I used a small 6 x 8 binder so that it fits in my errand-running purse
Because I take this binder shopping, I put a funny reminder on the inside cover to keep myself in check
Toni has a linky party set up so we can see the work of other participants. Lots of others are moms so their binders include pages for keeping track of doctor appointments, extracurriculars, and weekly meal plans.
But I'm single with no kids so I don't need to track those things. My binder will look a little different but I hope the tabs I use inspire moms and non-moms alike:
ROOM TABS - I have a separate tab for each room. Whenever I'm shopping I inevitably find a cute knick-knack, picture, pillow, etc. that catches my eye but I"m never quite sure if it will fit or match. These tabs will help me out. Each has a similar page that works like this:
First, I designed the page layout and printed it on 8x11 paper. I cut an inch off the right side, and hole punched the left:
Then I folded the right side towards the back. Cutting off the the far right edge allows each page to be folding back in such a way that the hole punches are exposed.
The grid is where I colored in the floor layout for each room. I'll show my kitchen as a sample:
I wrote in the measurements. The diagram also shows the way each door opens, and where counters and windows are. Lastly, there are symbols showing where each electrical, phone, and cable outlets are.
Second, I measured each physical feature of the room - door and window sizes, shelf height and depth, and closet floor space and wrote them next to the appropriate symbol.
When I do find a good price, I buy a lifetime supply. That's food, hobby supplies, hardware, anything. Here's PART of my pantry
I want to add a tab for my yard and garage as well.
And while I don't have a typical "mom binder", I did notice that a lot of moms in the party have a section for phone numbers. I need to add one of those - I'm too reliant on my cell phone for storing numbers. So thanks to the many moms in the party for that good reminder.
I'm ready to see what the next week's challenge is. But there's another challenge I have to deal with today. I live in Wisconsin. We have a little town here called Green Bay. And they have a football team playing a game today. Here's my contribution of Oreos baked inside brownies with green and gold sprinkles on top.