How To Organize Reminder Notes ~
You might be wondering why I would write a blog about how to organize reminder notes? There actually are several reasons. Using reminders in our daily routine is a very simple strategy for keeping us organized. It also is a way of making sure we remember to take care of the details we are responsible for hopefully avoiding more stress, worry, lost time and money and maybe even feelings of guilt and embarrassment. The best part is that reminders help to do some of the work for our busy brains.
There are lots of different kinds of reminders, which I share in Ideas For Reminders To Keep You Organized. Our personal devices have apps that do a fabulous job of making life easier but it’s also handy to make use of the paper and pencil kind too. I like to use a bit of both. The paper and pencil kind is also handy when more than one individual in the household needs to be made aware of the task.
I think it’s also important to have a system for organizing your reminders. If they are just a random collection of pieces of paper they may get lost and then just add to the confusion rather than be of help. Also having an organized system that is all set up and handy to use in place also ensures that you will actually use it.
I love this little system I developed for how to organize reminder notes. It’s easy to make in about fifteen minutes. It’s very inexpensive because I just used items from the dollar store. It’s easy to store. I just keep it in my junk drawer in the kitchen desk with the marker pen nearby for quickly and easily recording the tasks. This photograph shows how the drawer is organized and the post Inexpensive DIY Drawer Organizers shares how I did it.
My reminder notes folder just sits on the top in the drawer so it is accessible.
Before I give the instructions for how to organize reminder notes I want to explain a little tip that really saves time and really works. The left side pocket in the inside of the folder is reserved for blank index cards. These are for any NEW reminders. The right side pocket is specifically for what I call the ‘CONSTANT’ tasks. These are the weekly or daily things such as taking the garbage out, phoning a family member on a regular basis or dropping off and/or picking up a child after a regularly scheduled lesson. These notes are laminated so they are more durable because they are used more frequently. Each time the task needs to be done all I do is pull out the reminder, set it out and return it back to the folder till the next time. It saves time and paper not having to rewrite the same note each time.
You may wonder why would you need a reminder note for that and why I made two? I’ll explain later on in the post.
Here are the instructions for how to make this very easy, very inexpensive and very handy folder to hold you new and constant reminders…
Materials For How to Organize Reminder Notes
- folder with left and right side pockets
- alphabet stickers
- blank index cards
- black felt marker
- self-adhesive laminating sheets
Instructions For How to Organize Reminder Notes
Trim the folder to a width of 6” (15 cm).
On the front cover of the folder spell the word ‘REMINDERS’ using the alphabet stickers. I added an exclamation point at the end because there was a bit of space left.
On the left side pocket in the inside of the folder spell the word NEW using the alphabet stickers.
On the right side pocket in the inside of the folder spell the work CONSTANT using the alphabet stickers.
Record any constant reminders using the black marker. Cover each one with the self-adhesive laminating sheets. The photograph shows how I lined five of them on one sheet.
Carefully fold over the top layer of the self-adhesive laminating sheet and press firmly. Trim each constant reminder. I trimmed the laminate quite close to the edge and it seemed to be OK.
This is what the reminder folder looks like on the inside…
… and this is what it looks like on the outside. I decided to put a strip of the self-adhesive laminate over top of stickers on the front cover to make sure they were permanently stuck.
I could have just written the titles on the front and inside pockets but I think the alphabet stickers give it a fun decorative touch. The bright green coloured folder also makes it very easy to locate. I also used a paper clip to clip the black index cards together in a stack making it more secure to store in the folder.
This is just another option for how to use reminder notes. As I mentioned earlier I like to use a combination of the digital and paper and pencil version. Both types really help to keep me organized and make sure I don’t forget to do what needs to be done.
If you have been following TIME WITH THEA you will know that I love to be organized and have shared a lot of my strategies and storage ideas in this blog. But I am human and have let things slip and have forgotten to do things that needed to be done from time to time. I recall lounging luxuriously in a nice hot bubble bath after a long day of work. I was abruptly taken out of my serene state by the phone ringing. Just hearing the phone ring for the first time jogged my memory immediately that I needed to be someplace else at that exact moment. Soaking wet and dripping in soapy bubbles I dashed to the phone to hear my daughter on the other end wondering where I was. I had forgotten to pick her up after her synchronized swimming practice. The discomfort of having to get dressed again and drive to the pool on a cold winter evening did not quite match the feelings of guilt and embarrassment that I would forget one of my children. There isn’t really an excuse except that I participated in a carpooling system and had completely forgotten that the other Mom who usually did the pick up from the pool wasn’t able to do it that time. If I had written I quick little reminder note I as soon as the other Mom had let me know I probably would not have forgotten. My daughter is older now and occasionally brings up that forgetful incident when we are having a good giggle time.
That is why I had two notes reminding me to pick up after a lesson because I had two children. I didn’t want to make that mistake again.
Now it’s your turn. Do you use reminders and if so, do they do the trick in keeping you organized. Do you prefer digital reminders, paper and pencil or combination like I do? Do tell… have you forgotten to do things like I have?
Here is a pinnable image for future reference and for sharing!
One more thing… this article is included in a round up of articles I have written about 10 Ways To Be More Organized. Being organized isn’t about just one thing that we can do. I have complied a collection of ideas, information and inspirations all to do with how to be more organized. Just click on the image…