Tile One On

January 6, 2015


I lose my keys all the time.  All. The. Time.  I never put them in the same place twice.  I have a spot where they should go, but…  In fact, the funny thing is that on Monday, I couldn’t find them because they were put in that away spot.  I found them by using my new Tile.  They were a Christmas gift from Bill, at my request.

So on Monday, when I started the great key hunt, I quickly stopped and used the app on my phone.  It made my keys play a song which led me to the drawer where my keys were hidden.  So far, the Tile is working great in the house.  It didn’t work as well this evening, when Bill tried to see if my keys were in the house or with me on a walk (when he was trying to make sure I didn’t get locked out of the house).

The downside of the Tile is that they will only last about a year.  Maybe in that year, I can learn to put my keys where they belong, every time.  That would be the completely organized solution.

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Keep It Organized

January 3, 2015


As much as I prefer pen and paper, sometimes electronic lists are the way to go.  My favorite app for my Android phone is Google Keep.  I can share my list with other Google users and both can update and modify the list.  I found this especially helpful when Bill and I were working on Joshua’s birthday party.  There are also times when pen and paper aren’t close but I almost always have my phone handy.

I also use Google Keep for keeping notes on things I never remember, like the size of our furnace filter.

And that is today’s tip.

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Starting Off Organized

January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!  I hope that you had a safe and happy start to your new year.  I certainly did.  I was organizing my yarn at midnight.  Bill was doing something on his computer.  We lead an exciting life here at Casa Napier!

I’ve said before that I love the start of a new year.  It’s an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  For me, a fresh start involves getting organized so I’ve decided to spend the month sharing some of my personal organization tips as well as some that I’ve found on the internet.

Today’s tip is all about The Planner.  Every year I agonize over what kind of planner to use.  I love to use a planner.  In high school I used a Chandler’s.  Everyone used a Chandler’s.  They are out of business now, but they were a weekly planner with a leatherette cover. I think I still have one of mine from high school.  I can’t remember what I used in college.  In my professional life I’ve used them all, none that I’ve truly loved.  As much as my phone is glued to my hand, I still prefer to have a pen and paper planner.  My planner is part calendar/to do list and part historical record.  When I remember (which isn’t as often as I like) I write down things Joshua said or did, what he’s playing with, etc.

The last two years I used one of the Erin Condren planners.  I love how colorful they are, customizable with a photo on the cover, and they are a good size for me though maybe a little thick.  What I haven’t loved is the layout and how they are not easily adjusted.  I like to have notes pages in every month.  Last year, I unwound the coil, rearranged the pages, and then twisted the coil back in.  I also have had a lot of blank pages that I never used.




This year, I opted for something new:

My cost was about $50.  Last year, my Life Planner from Erin Condren cost me $67.90 (includes tax and shipping).

I did have to do some work to get my monthly pages the way I like them.  I had trouble finding monthly layouts that I liked so I bought a set that included weekly pages and I went through and deleted the weekly pages and set it up to just print monthly.  This did take some time, but I’m happy with the result.  While I was at it, I added a monthly coversheet for monthly to dos and a doodle space.

I’m also in the process of tearing out the unused blank pages from my other 2 EC planners and will trim them and hole punch them to use in my new binder.  They are too cute to be wasted.

So that’s my planner for 2015.


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