Time Saving Services

Content Updated on January 9, 2008 Here are some awesome free services that can save you from wasting hours of your life. Free Services for Your Mobile Phone and Mobile Devices TellMe I started using TellMe back when it first came out (years ago), and it just kept getting better. Just call 1-800-555-TELL, and tell the system what you want. You can also check news, sports scores, weather, stocks quotes, and movie times. You can even get driving directions. If you don’t want to write it all down, you can tell it to send the information as a text message…

How to Stop Procrastinating

Content Updated on January 4, 2008 I’m a procrastinator, so I know how this song and dance goes. You’re supposed to be exercising, but you’ll do it later, right after you finish watching this show on TV. Oh wait, this next show is good too. And you really do need to finish reading these magazines that are piling up, so you can throw them in the recycling bin, which reminds you that you need to take out the trash. Besides, exercising only takes 30 minutes, and you still have 2 hours before you have to leave for work. You’ve got…

The Household Calendar

Page Updated on November 24, 2007 Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages How to Set Up Your Calendar Print Monthly Calendars Print Your Schedules Bind It Divide It Clip It Make a Quick Flip Marker (Optional) Calendar Tips LOOK AT IT! There’s no point in doing all of this if you don’t bother to look at your schedule daily. If you don’t have a habit of looking in your binder every day, post your schedule in a place where you will see it every day, like on your refrigerator. Monthly Reminders Use your monthly calendar to remind you of…

What is a Household Notebook / Household Organizer?

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 What Should We Call It? Sometimes it’s called a household organizer, a household binder, a household notebook, a household information book, a home file book, a home organizer, a home notebook, the family organizer, a control journal (popularized by the FlyLady), a household management book, and a ton of other names. In my home, we call it “The Book.” (You could call yours Fred if you want.) What Is a Household Notebook? A home organizer is just like a personal organizer that you carry around with your but acts as a central information center…

Supplies You Need for a Household Notebook

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 3-Ring Binder Avoid binders with too many rings or lose pages. Get yourself a 3 ring binder . I highly recommend getting one that has lots of pockets for things like pencils, stamps, calculators, etc. That way, you’ll always have frequently used items available when you need them. Hole Punch Some people like the single hole punch, but I prefer the bulkier three-hole punches. Three-hole punches are best because they quickly let you punch all three holes at once in exactly the correct place, eliminating the need to line up your paper with your…

Why Should You Make a Filing System?

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 A Filing System Helps You and Loves Ones in Emergencies The primary reason you need a good filing system is for protection. You never know when you may need your documents to protect yourself or your loved ones from financial or legal woes. You may: need to prove that you’ve paid a bill, correct a bank error, or correct a credit card error. need to have proof of legal events such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, etc. You may need to have proof of ownership and value in case one of your possessions is…

How to Stop Collecting Clutter

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 No Junk Drawers, Cabinets, or Closets = No Junk Let yourself know right now that you will not have a junk drawer, cabinet, or closet, so don’t even let yourself think, “I’ll put that in the junk drawer.” Once it goes in, it doesn’t come out. It just piles up until you finally avoid opening the drawer at all. Where should you put the junk if not in a junk drawer? Where they belong! Put orphan buttons in your sewing kit. Put rubber bands with your office supplies. Label those mystery parts (the weird…

Projects

Content Updated October 13, 2007 We all have some sort of project going on in our home at any one time. This is the section where you can keep important information about such projects. These, of course, are moderately sized projects that don’t require tons of paperwork and record keeping. Here are some project ideas that you can keep track of in this section: Picnics Parties Vacation / Traveling Camping School / Work / Church Events Expecting a Baby Expecting Guests for a Long Stay Redecorating a room Small hobby projects Getting Healthy Projects to Keep Separate If you’re working…

What You Should NOT Put in Your Home Organizer

Content first written in 2002; updated October 13, 2007 Information You Wouldn’t Share With a Stranger Avoid putting any information in your notebook that you don’t want available for house sitters, child care takers, pet sitters, or burglars to see. For example, financial records for banks and credit cards that include account numbers, social security numbers, etc. If your household organizer is stolen or you end up hiring a sitter who isn’t as trustworthy as you thought, such personal information can be used for identity theft. Instead, keep such records in a locked file cabinet. Huge, Bulky Projects If you…

Phone Numbers and Addresses

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 I recommend using an app to organize your addresses. Such programs allow you to quickly update your addresses, share them with you PDA, and print them in an attractive, legible format. Free Directory Pages Print them out and quickly keep in touch. Friends and Family It is wise to have all the addresses and phone numbers of friends and family members of everyone in your home ready to be looked up by last name (in alphabetical order) in case you need to contact Great Aunt Sophie for an event, such as a birthday, or…