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Organized Quiet Time

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Organized Quiet Time

This year, our faith family is reading through the Bible together.  Our  sermons will be based on the readings each week and there are also devotionals to go along with each day’s readings.  There are weekly prayer guides as well.  I am SUPER excited about this, but honestly, it adds up to a LOT of paper. Especially since 4 out 5 of us are using these guides for our Quiet Times (personal Bible study time each day).  (One of my daughters is diligent when it comes to studying her Bible and she already had a Bible study plan in place.)

In January, I printed out the 2014 Bible Reading Plan and posted it in our home office.  You can get a copy of the Plan here.  I also printed the daily devotions for one week and the corresponding prayer guides.  I did this for all 4 of us following the Plan.  And there was paper everywhere in our 4 Quiet Time areas.  This paper explosion could not continue if my sanity was to remain.

One day, as I was perusing my Pinterest board on Organization, I came across some ideas and printables I had pinned relating to budget/finance.  (Insert best Gru voice here)  “Light.bulb.”   Why not use these ideas for all the paper generated by our Quiet Times?  So, I did.  It took me a few days to get around to it, but I did do it.

The first step was to gather a lot of stuff we already had on hand.  (So, this was free & I do love things for free!)  Everyone got a white binder and I made cover sheets to slip in front so we could tell them apart.  Here is a picture of mine and my husband’s.  One day I may go back and make mine “cuter”, but that is for another day.

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Then the printing began!  First, I downloaded a copy of the devotional book we are using in conjuction with the reading plan.  It is For the Love of God by D.A. Carson.  You can download your copy of Volume One (FREE!) right here.  Yes, it’s legal.  Also at that same link are links to the Guide to Personal Worship, Guide to Family Worship, and Personal Disciple-making Plan. All are in PDF form for you to download and print.  Next, I went here and printed copies of the weekly Prayer Guide.  (There is an Archives listing if you would like to view/download any prior Prayer Guides.)  The Prayer Guide also lists the Bible Readings for each week.  By now I hope you see what I mean about a LOT of paper!  Here is what the floor of my dining room-now office looked like as I prepped just one week’s worth of Quiet Times for 4 people.  And that’s just the devotional pages.

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In addition to all of the print outs, I inserted a sheet of looseleaf paper after each devotional to use as a journaling page.  I also created a “Planned Prayer” guide for the front pocket of each binder.  This basically lists things that will be prayed for on a particular day.  For example, every Monday we pray the strengthening of each family member’s faith.  There are 3 items for each day of the week.  There is also a space for “spontaneous prayer”.  Things that the Holy Spirit brings to mind.  The sermon regarding prayer is here, as well as the others that go along with our teachings thus far.

I put each binder together in the following order:  Planned Prayer list (front interior pocket), Guide to Personal Worship, Guide to Family Worship (Mom & Dad’s binders), Weekly Reading & Prayer Guide for first week, Devotional for Day 1, blank piece of looseleaf paper, Devotional for Day 2, blank piece of looseleaf paper, etc.  Hopefully, that makes sense!  For my personal binder, I inserted tabbed page dividers to separate each month of devotions.  I used some Washi tape to “cutify” each tab and then used my label maker to print the name of each month for the tabs.

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Now, we can all have our Quiet Times AND I can have my sanity!  Well, what’s left of it.  :-0

If you didn’t have a plan for your personal Bible study time, now you do!  If you have any questions, I would love to hear from you.

Garage Organization

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Welcome, friends!  I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th!  It’s been rainy here, so we did some inside things – including going to see Despicable Me 2.  Loved it!  It’s not as good as the first one, but you just have to love those minions!

The last few months have been project laden.  I know  you can’t really tell due to the lack of posts, but I really have been busy!  My favorite project of all is my newly painted & organized paint supply wall.  I.LOVE.IT!!

I’m the primary painter here & the paint supplies had been tossed on the old (badly slanted) wire shelves haphazardly, as well as scattered in a couple of other places for the 8 years we have lived here.  It was such a pain to try to find everything when I was ready to paint something.  Which is fairly often.  So, I decided enough was enough.

Here’s a semi-before because I forgot to take an actual before.  Sorry.

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All that’s really missing is the piles of paint supplies and old, cobweb covered antlers that hubs is saving.  For some reason.

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This wall is on my side of the garage & I just REALLY wanted to do something fun and funky.  Stripes kept coming to mind, so I decided to try that.  I used a tape measure and chose random stripe widths.  To keep the lines straight, I used a level and a yard stick.   We had multiple sample jars of paint from various projects, as well as old pegboard and left over adjustable shelving tracks and shelves, so I didn’t have to buy anything for this project.  Yay!!

Here is my fun, funky, organized “after”:

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I still need to label the bins, but the sides are clear so I know what’s in them until I get around to doing labels.  It is SOOO much easier to locate my supplies now!  I love it!!  It makes me smile every time I pull into the garage.

 

Honey Do List Revamp

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It has been well established that men & women are just so very different.  (Which I think is a good thing.)  However, my sweet hubby & I are very much alike in one way – our memories are becoming non-existent.  Especially regarding things we don’t really want to do.  Anyone else experiencing this phenomena??  We would talk about all the things that need to be done around the house & yard…….and then forget about them.  So, nothing was getting done.  One day my daughter told me she needed something for school.  I told her to write it on a sticky note & stick it to my steering wheel.  I’m in the car all day, so if it’s on the horn I see it & am more likely to get it done.  **Light bulb!**  “Hmmm….if that works for me, perhaps it will work for hubs..”  Enter the new idea for our Honey Do List.

Hubs came home from work on Tuesday to find his new “Honey Do List”.  🙂  It was displayed prominently in his favorite spot.  Do you see it?

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Yep.  The “List” is now on sticky notes.  Post-It notes to be exact, because their “sticky” is just better.  No, they aren’t paying me to say that.  I can assure you they don’t know I exist.  But I know their sticky notes exist & that’s what matters.  Now, when I need hubs to take care of something, I write it on a sticky note & put it by (or on) his computer.  When he completes the item, he trashes the note.  Actually, he folds the note in 1/2 and lays it to one side.  I trash the note.

If you & your sweetie (or kids) are having trouble getting things done, perhaps this will work for you too.  Just write one thing on each sticky note.  (I’m also careful to begin with the word “Please” to make it a little less demanding.)

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Once the item is done, the note goes in the trash.  Probably not the best solution for recurring things, but for occasional things, it works really well.  So far.  For our recurring things (ie: kids’ chores), we use our laminated chore cards.

Bathroom Drawer Organization

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What is it about pinning up a new calendar that sends us into clean out/organize/lose weight/get fit mode??  Or is it just me?  Judging by all the pins and blog posts out there relating to those categories, it is not just me.  Whew!  I’m normal.  Kind of.  🙂

I know most posts about organizing talk about making more space in small places, but as small as our rooms are in this house we actually have too much storage space in the bathrooms.  Weird, isn’t it?  Our Master Bath is only 14.5 feet x 5 feet.  Yep.  5 feet wide, of which base cabinets take up about 2 feet.  So, only 3 feet of walking through space.  BUT in that small amount of space the builders fit 2 sinks in an “L” configuration and a floor-to-ceiling cabinet.  It’s a LOT of unnecessary cabinetry that we will deal with one day in the near future.  For now, let me show you how I organized 3 of the drawers in our bathroom.  The under sink & tall cabinets will be another day.

We have 7 total drawers in the bathroom.  The 3 I organized are all 3″ deep.  The first two are 9.5″ x 15 5/8″.  Here is a “Before” pic of one of those:

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Yep.  That’s all that was in that drawer.  For 6 years.  Well, I mean those EXACT items are not 6 years old, but you know what I mean.  Toothpaste, carmex, a sunscreen stick and a little electric shaver.  The drawer next to it is just like it, but it had a jumbled mess of travel size items.  Wish I had done a “Before” on that.  Or….maybe not.  It was a little gross & scary.

For the 2 smaller drawers, I just shopped the house & attic.  (Is it weird that about 1/3 of our attic space is taken up with organizers?)  Anyway, I was able to find several things to get the two smaller drawers whipped into shape.  Here they are now!

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Toothpaste drawer on left now houses extra do, q-tips, carmex, floss, toothbrush covers, sunscreen sticks and a couple of small toothpastes (that will actually be moving to the girls’ bathroom soon).  Most of this stuff was in the jumbled drawer.  The jumbled drawer on right is now first aid central.  The first aid items were all stored under one of the sinks and were kind of a pain to get to.  Now, we can access all the most needed items quickly and easily.

To the right of these drawers is a wide drawer – 23.75″ x 15 5/8″ .  I obviously don’t know how to convert 5/8 to a decimal.  Sorry.  Guess I could ask my 5th grader….  🙂  Aaaannnyway, the wide drawer is mine and holds mostly stuff I need in the mornings.  The main exception is my daily makeup, which stays in a bag in another drawer.  So, here is the semi-organized “Before” shot of that drawer:

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Not very well utilized & it had become a “dumping ground” for hair clips and ponytail holders.  For this project, I actually had to go buy what I needed to fill the space.  I found 2 of these bamboo organizers at WalMart and they work really well for this space.

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There is a central compartment with all the little “boxy” spaces and then the sides can slide in or out as needed.  Some of the inner dividers can also be removed if more space is needed for a particular item.  After playing around with it for a few minutes, I came up with this:

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There is still a little bit of space at the back, but over all it is perfect for what I need.  The hair clips are separated, there is space for my “back up” make up items as well as the little perfume samples I love.  The red & green ribbon things you saw in the “Before” pic were Christmas ponytail holders that go with my “Who” costume I wear every year.  They now live with that costume.

It’s been a few days since I did this & I have to say I really love the change.  If you’ve been busy organizing, I’d love to hear about it!