How I Organize My Planner

In this day and age, everything you need to help stay organized is available on your mobile device or computer.  There’s an app for everything: calendars, to-do lists, and reminders.  However, I have always been the type of person who liked to use a planner and colored pens. Does it take more time?  Yes, but I enjoy it! =)

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Fall in Design has the cutest Korean stationary, accessories, and craft supplies.  The planner I chose was the 2015 Ardium Hello Coco Weekly Dated Diary Scheduler.  I chose this planner because it’s ADORABLE and it’s small enough to carry in my purse.

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How adorable are these little drawings?!

YEARLY PLAN

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I list birthdays and anniversaries here.  When it comes time to transfer all the information next year, it’ll be a lot easier to have it all on one page.

MONTHLY PLAN

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I don’t use the monthly pages very much, except for a mini version of the Crafty Checklist for Monthly Bills.  When I receive a bill, I write the due date on the actually date, and then cross it off the monthly checklist.  That way, I know I’ve written the due date for every bill that month.  The green Post-it Flag is used for quick access.

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This page allows you to keep track of your monthly income and expenses.

WEEKLY PLAN

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This is where I keep track of due dates for bills.

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For birthdays, I write reminders a few days prior to make sure I send birthday cards and gifts on time.

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For events and activities, I like the 3/4″ Round Avery Removable Multi-Use Labels, which come in a variety of colors.  I use the white labels and customize the colors with markers.

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The labels are removable so if an event is rescheduled, it’s easy to move it to another day.  You could also color coordinate the labels.  For example, a specific color for your son’s activities and another color for your daughter’s activities.

There is also a section for notes at the back of the planner.  This is where I jot ideas for craft projects and blog posts.

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My life isn’t too hectic so the planner is pretty simple and straight forward, but I hope it gave you some ideas.  I can just imagine one day having a planner full of colorful labels for our kids’ soccer practices and ballet classes.  =)

Thai Red Curry

I love Thai food and Mel loves lobster.  So when he makes his lobster Thai red curry, it’s a big hit.  Here’s his version.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 Thai chili pepper, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 small 5.6 oz can coconut milk
  • 7 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 3 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • green beans or asparagus
  • 2 lobster tails, chopped

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.

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  • Add minced shallot (and Thai chili pepper), stirring until brown.

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  • Add red curry paste.

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  • Add coconut milk.
  • Turn heat down to low/medium heat.

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  • Using the back of a spoon, mash the curry paste until it’s smooth and incorporated into the coconut milk.
  • Add bay leaves, oyster sauce, water, sugar, and salt.
  • Let shimmer for 5 minutes.

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  • Add bell pepper and asparagus.

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  • Add lobster tails.
  • Stir occasionally to coat in curry.
  • Cover saucepan and let simmer until vegetables and lobster are cook, about 5-7 minutes.

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I forgot to get a nicer picture, but here’s the finished product.

In the past, Mel has also made it more saucy by adding a lot more water and red curry paste (below).

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Enjoy!!

Craft Storage

My crafts have gotten a bit out of control so it was time to organize them.  Using large baskets like the one below worked for awhile but over time, everything would pile on top of each other.

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After searching Pinterest, I decided on a shelving unit from the children’s section at Ikea.

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I used two Trofast frame units and twelve Trofast storage boxes.

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The storage boxes come in different heights: 4″, 9″, and 14.25″.  I chose the 4″ boxes  because it prevents me from overfilling them.  By having more boxes, it also allows you to have more specific categories.  Here’s what I have in the boxes so far.

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Glue guns, glue, and tape.

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Ribbon and string.

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Miscellaneous items.

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Tissue paper, cellophane wrap, and greeting cards.

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Sewing related items.

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Paper punches and craft scissors.

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Cake decorating tools.

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More cake decorating tools.

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Felt and paint.

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Polymer clay and tools.

I like how all the crafts are organized in a compact space.  Now I can find things so much easier. =)