Thursday, October 07, 2010

People Change. Needs Change. Designs Change. Home Organization Binders Change!

According to my google analytics page, most people who find my blog via a search are looking for home organization binder information. "Household notebook," "Control Journal," and "Home Organization Binder" are the three most commonly searched for terms, with "Vintage Skirt" and "1950's Dress" running close 4ths and 5ths.

I posted, a long time ago, about the system I had while living and working in Detroit. At the time I was racing bikes, dreaming of running a marathon, working in a job with very little structure (politics!), living in a huge crumbling old house with a roommate, and generally being an awesome single girl! At the time, the binder gave me a lot of structure, and helped me sort out what I needed to when it needed to be done.

Things have changed, but never fear, this isn't an eulogy for a home notebook system - I still use one! I just use it differently. I wanted to show what I'm using for life these days...

That plaid binder has long since bit the dust, and I replaced it with a Liberty of London target one (Target is my go-to place for office supplies!) It lives smack dab on the center on my kitchen counter. When I'm cooking, I tuck it between the knife block and the fridge so it's out of the way.

Home Organization Binder

Between Detroit and now, I had a revelation that my routines were dictating my life and I wasn't allowing my life to dictate my routines. I was structuring myself into a corner, really, and there wasn't a lot of room left for creativity and spontaneity so I made some changes.

Home Organization Binder

I've simplified a lot, so the inside isn't as nearly OCD organized, and a lot more flexible.

Home Organization Binder

Even still, my morning and evening routines have many of the same elements. I've written them on graph paper with a sharpie (my writing utensil of choice!) and the pages are wrinkled with wear since they get flipped once a day.

Home Organization Binder

This isn't the binder I'd grab in case of a fire (I'd probably be trying to rescue my closet!), but it does tell me when to do things that need to happen so my life can run smoothly.

Home Organization Binder


So, where's the budget? Where's the training journal? Where are all those little elements that I had? The coupons? The Scissors?

Well, I just don't need them any more. So they are not there. My Home Organization Binder needs to be a working tool, not a rigid ruler for what my life should be.

Home Organization Binder

I no longer obsessively plan my budget, and now that JR's involved in the finances I include his values, needs and wants into our financial planning. He prefers a more laid back style, so I've adapted to it. When payday comes along, we have a sit down meeting and we plan out where things are going, and then we do it. It's just that simple.

Home Organization Binder

I don't clip coupons any more, since I don't seem to need them here. I am not training for any sort of sport - I dance and run on my own time when I can.

Instead of a paper planner I use iCal, which is a great resource for me as I can quickly glance and see when things are happening, how important they are (based on color codes) and what part of the day I'm at.

Home Organization Binder

When I need something to be there, I will put it there. When I don't, it will go away. Simplicity in routines has become something that's become important - sharing your life with another person means that you have to be flexible. I'm still organized, I'm just organized differently.


5 comments:

  1. That's really cool, how you've managed to be so organised yet still flexible. I would love to be like that! xoxo

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  2. Possibly off subject, but I love the random things that Google Analytics tells us about our blogs!

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  3. Ooo this is motivating!! I really need to do this too!! Thanks for the heads up! I love your blog! Your free bad portrait is lovely! Oooo I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  4. Can you be my Personal Assistant? Pretty please? I strive to be so organized...

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  5. Love your sense of organization...simply fabulous!

    Liesl :)

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