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Monday, January 11, 2010

MIY Monday: Recycled Organizing

Hey, it's Make-It-Yourself Monday again!
Here's a quick and easy MIY project for all you who are organizing and gearing up in your planning for the new year.

I bought an Amy Knapp Family Organizer this year. I love this planner because not only does it have a To Do list right by my weekly calendar, but there is also a place to list my weekly menu on the right, and a grocery list on the left. Plus, the menu and grocery list are perforated, so you can tear them out and take them with you, if you wish. It's a home-manager's dream!

Well, this particular planner runs from July '09 to December '10. I didn't need those first 5 months of pages, so I tore them out. Then I got a bright idea...

Instead of throwing all those pages away, I got out my scissors and a few other supplies and went to work...

I cut out the grocery list pages, and stapled them together. On the back, I stuck some magnetic strips I had on hand. (These magnet strips have a peel-and-stick side, and can easily be cut with scissors to fit your needs.)

Voila! An instant pad for the refrigerator.

Next, I trimmed the "To Do" pages and just kept them together with one of these mini clothes pins I had in my craft box. Instant notepad to keep right beside the computer.

I grabbed a few more of the mini clothes pins and cut magnet strips for them as well.

Now I have a handy way to hang photos or important memos on my fridge.

You could actually dress these up by painting them or covering them with scrapbook paper. But I was in a hurry.

There you go. Easy organizing. I hope you're enjoying your planning for the new year. Happy Monday, everyone!


  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger Miss Susan said…

    :) I actually started buying that same organizer several years ago! And I too tore out the extra pages to use. But... I did not organize them in as neat a way as you did! Good job :)

    love you~

  • At 5:28 AM, Blogger Shannon said…

    That's funny, Mom. A few days ago I was wondering if you had a planner and thinking about getting you the same one. Great minds think alike! :)

  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger Miss Susan said…

    Can you find them there? I haven't seen them around here and thought maybe they had stopped making them.

  • At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Sarah said…

    Mom, I found mine at Barnes and Noble in Perkins Rowe. I can pick one up for you if you would like.


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