Friday, April 13, 2012

Binders Galore

I have to share a funny story with you. I have been having so much fun organizing and labeling everything in our house lately. Well, the other night, our daughter made a loaf of banana bread. After everyone had a slice, I set it in the cooled oven for the night, just so it was not sitting on the counter. Well...hubby came home from work and I told him about the bread, in which he proceeded to have a slice. The following day, he was cooking our family dinner, and happened to preheat the oven. Needless to say, after a beautiful horrific aroma in the house, he proceeded to open the oven door, discovering that he had forgotten that the bread was in the oven. Well, the banana bread went through another 'bake cycle'. So, guess what hubby's comment was to me? "I am surprised that you didn't have the oven door labeled stating that bread was in the oven." Oh, isn't he funny!? Ok, so I thought I would have a bit of fun with that one, and quickly generated a label and applied it to the handle on the oven door, just as a nice reminder to check the oven prior to pre-heating. As much as I love to label, I did remove it from the oven later that evening, as it did not look very attractive. Ok, so on to my reason for this blog....

Lately I have been having the urge to organize things into binders. There are so many pretty binder colors and designs, it makes it exciting and fun to organize. (And for those of us who are a bit OCD, it just gives us a reason to shop for cute binders). Plus, all of your important information is right at your fingertips. For instance, I organized a simple Menu binder of our favorite take-out food restaurants. I received the cute idea from She is so kind, that she offers a free download of her template, just stop by and visit her page.

When thinking of how this binder would accommodate my family, I decided to adapt my main page to list the restaurant name, the hours they are open, or when they close, and the contact phone number. I placed the menus into a clear page protector and placed a nice bright color paper behind each menu, just to make it appealing to my eyes. As I receive coupons for the restaurants, I can place them adjacent to the menus. I love having all of this information in one place. Believe me, our 'junk' drawer made it a bit difficult to locate all of this information previously. And yes, I do happen to have a junk drawer. Guess I need to work on organizing that too! Maybe I could rename it 'the organized drawer'. Oh, I could have fun with my hubby on that one. "Yes honey, we have a tape is in the organized drawer." Where would he ever begin to look!?

Well, here is a peak at my take-out menu binder. Thanks again to for the cute idea and cover sheet. Now, it is nicely kept together in the binder, and adorns my office bookshelf.

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