Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lets get organized. Stay at Home Dad's Guide to staying sane.

For the last two weeks I have been writing down and perfecting "my" way to get organized. I wanted to share it with people and perhaps help others get organized too.
I call it the stay at home dad's guide to staying sane.
Being a stay at home dad is quite trying, but I'm learning things along the way. On a side note knitting is hard, More on that later.

For today I want to start with the basic setup to getting organized. I scoured the Internet, book store and libraries and think this method is great way to start a new trend or routine.
Since the average routine/habit takes about 27 days to kick or get started I'm going to take it very slowly.

So to get started we need some supplies. As most of you are crafters and fellow etsians I would say you probably have this around the house already.

Today we will go over the getting started materials and a basic set-up of your "organization station"

Getting Started Materials.
(1) 3- ring binder\
(2) Notebooks
 some paper
dividers
A B C dividers
Jan-Dec dividers,
Calender. ( doesn't need to be in binder, but should be visible for daily use)
small notepad
zipper pouch.

You wont need the ABC dividers or Jan_Dec dividers for a few weeks,
You can start with as little as a nice new notebook, perhaps a 3 subject one.

Next you want to set it up into basic categories. Fit the categories as to how it fits you best.

This is how my basic binder is set-up

Daily Routines and reminders
Basic Weekly Plan of Attack
Base Zones- with detailed cleaning list
Grocery Staples list and weekly menu. (with calories and fiber intake)
Most used and emergency number list. It is probably in your phone but good to have a copy as well
Address Book, Again probably in your computer but I find it great to have nearby when needed
Personal = Bills, car repairs, want list,
Not needed but in my book
Etsy section - for brainstorms, new ideas, seo research etc.
Crafts, In my crafts section is either something I'm trying to learn, right now its knitting, Or something I'm am working on for the house.

In the next few posts I'll share what I do to clean, organize and declutter the house. If anyone wants to try this please feel free.