Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Project Alert!

In case you haven't checked a calender today, the date is July 23, 2008. That might not mean very much to you, but to me the clock is quietly saying, "Back to school time is approaching...Back to School time is approaching."

I love everything about the months from September through December, from the holidays to the parties to the decorations to the change in season (hopefully they will change here in Texas). The first indication that these lovely four months are approaching is the welcoming in of all merchandise associated with returning back to school.

Despite the 103 degree heat, I have noticed that the Wal-Marts and Targets in my area have already sharpened their pencils and have lovely displays of fresh boxes of crayons, wide assortments of glue, and mountains of character-themed backpacks for each and every child's taste. It is a marvelous sight to behold. I seriously have to restrain myself from loading my cart with such items (Isaac's preschool does not have a required item list...we just send some money and the teacher buys the supplies. Convenient, but not nearly as fun.).

In the true spirit of going back to school and of Fall that is gradually approaching, I have a project that I am beginning. Because casa de phillips is not quite as organized as I would like, I am in the process of creating our own Home Management Binder. The idea of such organization about makes me giddy. This will take several weeks, especially considering I need to be crafting a large red rocket ship right now, but should be a lovely sight to behold (if you love all things associated with organization as much as I do).

If you share such a love of going back to school and getting your house in order, I have provided a few links below on how to create a Home Management Binder. Perhaps we can all share in a few weeks (and flippantly disregard how dorky this may appear to be).

Great introduction on how to make a Home Management Binder...and why you would want to in the first place.

Here is a blogger (who I don't know) with a great tour of her binder

Here is a great example with lots of detail

Go here for a variety of examples of Home Management Binders

Real Simple has some great FREE printable forms for every possible need you might have and some you likely did not realize you needed (Pocket guide to healthy seafood eating, anyone?)

Happy projecting! I will post about my completed Home Management Binder in a few weeks. Now I am off to investigate as to why my child is yelling angrily at Blue's Clues...likely due to his very short nap today and generally unpleasant attitude about life at the moment.


Jennifer Reinsch said...

This is my favorite post of yours. I LOVE organization. One of my favaorite shows is Mission Organization. I get giddy just watching it. So, I am going t have to check out the sites you listed because my summer just became a little more fun.

Ashley said...

I love organization, but man, I don't know if I could do a binder like that. I can't wait to hear more about yours though.

Also, we love Leo, Annie, and the gang around here. Can't wait to see the rocketship!!!

Laura said...

Love the idea! I'm organizationally challenged so my fall goal is finding & keeping everything in its place! It's getting harder now that we have 2 in the bigger kid toy mode where everyhing has pieces (or shoes!) the size of dimes. Just wait! Loved the swim pics...

Jordan said...

Okay, this post just made me tired. Do you think those ladies actually get all that stuff done in a day? It overwhelms me to actually think about it. They would probably already be done with their Things To Do On The House Before We Put It On The Market list. Sigh.

Oh well, it's off to scrub the nasty black stuff that is growing on the jets in the tub. Such a great way to spend naptime! :)

The Binkley Family said...

I am LOVING all the links. I can't wait to spend the next week creating my own binder! Oh, isn't organization the best?!

Anonymous said...


Long-time blog stalker, first-time commenter! FYI, at there are a couple great forms for download. One is a "daily docket" and the other is a "weekly checklist". I'm in the process of putting my hm notebook together also and plan to use these great forms. btw, love the matching yellow dresses in the first pic.