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[part 2 of the Cori Planner Pieces series]

I use three main items to stay organized: my jotter notepad, my Franklin Covey planner, and my Mead Flex Binder notebook.

3 piece org. system

Jotter Notepad:

I’m always coming up with ideas and need to take notes on one thing or another. Jotter isn’t a brand (or at least that I know of), just a term I use to refer to any notepad I can stuff into my back pocket and carry around. (There will be a separate post just on my jotters.)

Mead Flex Binder:

If you’ve never used one of these items, I recommend getting one. A combination of binder and spiral notebook. I use mine for my writing—fiction, nonfiction, spotlights, blog posts. It is organized in the Bullet Journaling style. (I’m planning separate, more in-depth blog posts about both the flex binder and bullet journaling later.)

Franklin Covey  planner:

I recently upgraded from a DayTimer Avalon desk size planner to a Franklin Covey Sierra planner. I say upgraded, meaning I got the storage space I wanted, even when I decreased the size of the planner. The reason I switched is because DayTimer didn’t have a larger ring option for the compact size, but FC did. Also, the 7 ring system in a desk size planner just made punching papers for it difficult. (I’ll go more into that in another post.)

The FC Sierra doesn’t have as many pockets as my DayTimer Avalon did, but I don’t mind. It suits my purposes wonderfully.

So there are my top 3 organizational items. Each will have its own post later on with more pictures.

Quick addition:

I use three different colors pens: blue, black, and red in my systems.

Blue: preferred ink color; comes from the notion that I’d always be able to tell an original from a copy.

Black: my backup if I can’t find my blue pen or if the blue pen runs out and I haven’t gotten/found another one; don’t use it for underlining though

Red: during the year, anything related to my outside-the-home job gets written in red; also used for finishing notes and underlining. Finishing notes are marking a written piece with the date written, typed, and posted to blog.

© Cori Large December 12-13, 2014

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So I went out to hang up my husband’s work clothes that I washed last night. After I had hung them up, I went to get more clothes to wash. That is what weekends are for after all: Laundry!

When I walked back out under the carport, I saw them steaming!

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I’ve never seen this before and thought it was sooo cool! Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Back Story: My husband and I had accumulated quite a spice collection of our own. When we moved into my in-law’s house, my MIL left almost all of her half-used spices. She wanted to buy fresh when she moved. (Clarification: FIL works in another state. H and I are house-sitting/renting my in-law’s house for the next couple of year until my FIL retires. MIL moved in with FIL full time, instead of splitting her time between states and homes.) So we were left with quite a bottles to figure out how to organize.

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Yes, combined, we have enough spice containers to almost cover a standard size stove top. I proceeded to organize them by collecting all the same spices and lining them up alphabetically on the counter. (I forgot to take a picture of this.) I combined as many duplicates as I could. When I still had multiples, I numbered them. The numbers helps me to remember that I have another one as backup for when I run out.

I ended up with 3 jars of allspice! And that was after combining them. Seriously, in what universe would I use that much allspice? I had multiples of other spices, but the allspice really stood out to me because of how little I use it.

I went to Walmart and about two of the bamboo risers for cabinets. All the little containers stayed on the bottom shelf, front and center, or else they’d get lost. I tucked the risers up against the left side of the cabinet, leaving the right side open for oversized containers and spices I used daily (like garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, cinnamon, curry powder—Indian and Jamaican, basil, oregano, parsley, and Old Bay.

All of the pure spices (not the mixes or rubs, those are elsewhere) were then alphabetized and lined up on the risers. That took up the bottom and middle shelves. The top shelf has two buckets that have all the rubs and commercial spice mixes. We don’t use these too much, because we prefer to make our own concoctions.

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Summary:

 This book is separated into four parts: Clean It, Wash It, Fix, It, and Cook It. Each part delves into the nitty-gritty of how accomplish things around the house, using mainly what’s on hand.

 Opinion:

 This is a book every teenager should read. Yes, the guys too! At times, the author sounds life a 1950s housewife, but not long after she makes references to Firefly, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, etc.

 Definitely recommended.

 © Cori Large November 2013

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Admitting Defeat

To some this may not seem like a big deal, but tonight was the first time in a year I’ve used my dishwasher.  When Philip and I decided to start saving money, we decided to stop using the dishwasher and dryer, and hand-wash all the dishes and line dry our clothes.

Philip asked me if I needed him to do anything and I responded with “Clearing out the dishwasher so I could load it up and run it.” (FYI the dishwasher has been where we’ve stored extra baking dishes.)

He responded with “Are you serious?”

“I don’t know…yes.”

I will admit that it was nice to load it up and only have a fewe things to hand wash because they’re not dishwasher safe. BUT! I feel like I should have sucked it up. My mom warned me this day would come. I just figured it would be after Philip and I had a couple of kids and we were running ragged. No offense to my mommy friends who don’t have dishwashers.

Okay, I’m done with my selfish semi-pathetic rant.

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how fiancé and I put up a clothesline. My idea was that it would save us money on our electric bill. Right now I’m having to get used to only doing one load at a time. I’ve been used to getting all my laundry done in a day. Don’t have the space for that goal YET! Maybe one day.

We received our next electric bill. Unfortunately, we did not save anything. However, this can be attributed to that fact the weather dropped to the 40s and we had to turn the heater on 4 days in a row. Never again! I’ll pile all the blankets we have on the bed instead of turning the heater on.

Here’s a picture!

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Now onto Month 2 with clothesline! Hopefully the weather will cooperate in more that one way (no rain, not cold) and I’ll be able to report success next time.

© Cori Endicott March 2013

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When fiance and I moved into an apartment, one of the things we asked about was putting up a clothesline. I was looking at it from a money-saving perspective. Fiance grew up with a clothesline so he had no problem with it.

We were told that we couldn’t attach anything to the building structure or anything in anyway fly off the balcony. We ended up copying another tenant’s idea that seemed to be within the parameters.

We hooked paracord around one railing and strung it across the 12 foot space and back again at an angle to create a V-shape. It’s hooked at both ends so we can take it down when needed, AND there’s not damage to the railings!

We set it up yesterday (3/3/2013) and put the first load out. It happened to be a really windy day. I was worried that the wind would pick up too much and I’d watch helplessly as the clothes flew away.

Before bed, we brought everything in. 60% of was dry and ready to be put away, the rest was hung up on hangers and put in the spare bathroom. I didn’t want to leave it outside overnight, mainly because of my fear of stuff flying away.

Our goal is to completely line dry our laundry this month to see how it affects our power bill. No pictures yet, but I’ll get one to add it.

P.S. I have a big rosemary plant and aloe plant that my shirts were catching on. It was amusing. 🙂

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