Friday, December 29, 2017

Getting Organized for the New Year: Appointment/Birthday Calendar

I've tried several methods over the years to keep up with our appointments, birthdays and anniversaries and I always come back to this one ... a simple desk calendar.

I've tried planners, pretty ones I've purchased and home-made ones I've made, but I always come come back to this 'simple for us' method.

I attach magnets to the back of the calendar using a hot glue gun and hang it on the front of the refrigerator.  All through the year the Mr. and I add appointments or notes as needed.

In addition to adding appointments, I also use a colored writing sharpie (for 2018 I used green) and write birthdays and anniversaries on the appropriate dates.  This makes the dates stand out and helps me remember before the actual birth date or anniversary arrives!

When we have prescriptions filled I turn to the date it can be refilled and write down who it's for and what the prescription is.  This helps me stay on top of keeping our prescriptions filled in a timely manner.

When I have my sourdough starter going I write on the calendar when to feed it.  This helps me not to starve or neglect it to the point of it dying.

Since I make kefir, it's imperative that I take care of the kefir grains when they are not in use by feeding them every week.  I make note on the calendar when they need feeding so they don't weaken or die.

These are just a few ways we use our 'command center' if you will allow me to call it that, for that is really what it is.

Both the Mr. and I work off this calendar all year long. It helps keep us organized and on track, but the best thing is that it's in plain view each and every day.  We have an opportunity to look at it every time we go to the refrigerator or walk by it,  which means we don't have to worry about it being 'out-of-sight' 'out-of-mind', it's right there in front of us all the time!

Next in my getting organized efforts for the new year is my journal ... I'll talk about that tomorrow!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. I use the same type calendar and get my at Dollar Tree. I also put on mine when we change the heat/ac filters and when big money items like estimated tax and termite and flood insurance are due.

  2. Great idea! I keep a calendar of all birthdays in the back of my bullet journal as well as a list of books to read and books I've read AND a chart of my 100 days of sewing - inspired by you!

    Looking forward to hearing how you use your journal.

    1. Cheri, I like those ideas too! We'll resume our 100 Day Sewing Challenge next week, so get ready!

  3. I always come back to the desk calendar, as well. I keep mine on the desk, where I sit every morning for at least 10 minutes. I have Sharpie colors for each of us. I'm pink, my husband is blue, our pup is orange, & a family event is purple. I use flag stickers to know which days to fly the flag, confetti stickers for a bday, and all the appropriate ones for holidays. I got addicted to a desk calendar way back when I worked FT. It ran my life!

    1. Debbie, i'm stealing some of your ideas ... love them!!!! Who says a desk calendar has to be boring!!!!

  4. I LOVE the idea of using a desk calendar! I've always just used a regular monthly calendar with big blocks to write in but it's hard to hang up! I'm going to go get a desk calendar and put magnets on it just like you! Thank you Patsy for sharing this! Hope you have a Happy New Year!


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