Setting Up a Brain-In-A-Binder
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Are you loaded down with papers? Do you have trouble locating your child's sports schedule or where you jotted down a phone number? Papers brought into our home can get out of hand if you don't have a system of dealing with them. Karen walks you step by step through her solution to this problem.
You will need the following:
- A ½ inch or 1 inch, three-ring binder (one with a clear protective cover for slipping a cover sheet or scrapbook page it is works well.)
- Sturdy three-hole punched pocket folders (1 per family member and additional for other categories such as work, ministry, etc…)
- White labels
- Markers (different colors if desired)
- A cover or clever scrapbook page of your family that will fit in the plastic front portion of the binder
Here is how to assemble your Brain-in-a-Binder:
- Make a cover or scrapbook page for the front of your binder if you wish. You may make one up on the computer. Or you might want to craft a scrapbook page of your family.
- Next, label the individual file folders with the names of each of the members of your family by writing on labels with the markers. You may wish to make each label with a different color marker. You can also have a file for "ministry" or "family" or "work".
- Place the folders in the binder in the order that you desire. These folders are for you to organize the many papers you have in your life--fliers, rosters, invitations, church papers.
- Then, simply pull the papers out when you need them. You can check for registry information on shower and wedding invitations. Or retrieve rosters and schedules when you need to know how many treats to make for the team or need a phone number to secure your child a ride to a practice or game.
Place the papers back in the proper folders once you've referenced them. When the event or school year is past, recycle the papers.
You will still have a "pile"; it will just be cleverly disguised! No more paper piles of "for now" cluttering your counter or fridge.
Question: What is your favorite way to keep organized?
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Karen Ehman, www.karenehman.com, is the Director of Speakers at Proverbs 31 Ministries. A six-time author, her passion is to help women live their priorities and love their life. Her latest book is LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. She and her college sweetheart Todd are the parents of three sometimes argumentative, but mostly charming children: Kenna 21, Mitch 17 and Spence 14.
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