So I've had plans and prep going on for over a month now to organize a new way for the new year. I have to say, I'm a pretty organized person, but sometimes I need a better way to "keep it all in one place" or even just need to change it up.
I came across this site on Pinterest where this lady organized with a folder for each week of the year. I thought about it for a while and ended up loving the idea. Disclaimer - she uses it to organize her homeschooling. I don't homeschool. I'm using it to organize my life.
So I used this project as an excuse to get a new set of folders, went with recycled plain ones. I used the computer and printed labels for each week and put them on the folders. I figure if I want to reuse them next year, I can just put new labels over these ones.
I'm using these as a place to keep all my "stuff" for the week. I normally have a weekly recurring task list that I add non-recurring stuff each day to, and I use this to plan each day the night before. I keep it clipped with all the things I need for that week.
I also have a weekly menu with recipes from online, etc...clipped to that. Then I also binder clip that together with other things I need soon, My month long sheet for ideas I want to get to, etc...
With the folder system, I can still keep all these, but I can put stuff that I don't need for a week in the next week file and keep my papers more organized. I plan to take this folder with me everywhere. Shopping lists, sticky notes, etc...all go in here now.
I'm also keeping my project life planner pages and page layout sketch pages in here. It's all in one spot!
I say I might not use these because I really like writing out my schedule each day on paper for some reason. I made one for each day of the week so that things that normally happen on that day don't need to be rewritten all the time. (for example, picking up Josiah from school early on Thursdays, etc....). Either way, they are there to use when I want to, and they're all on one page protector so I can move whichever one I'm using to the front. I tend to plan the next day at night before bed.