Did you know there are 992 different homemade laundry detergent recipes on Pinterest? (Also, that 47.3% of all statistics are made up?)
What's a girl to do? How's do you find out what works and what doesn't? How do you even keep track of what you've tried?
I keep an Idea Book
It's insanely useful. It organizes lists, recipes, tips, and tricks--to say nothing of all the medicinal uses of cayenne pepper known to mankind--by category.
Instead of hopelessly searching my blog-reader or scrolling through millions of pins and likes to try and track down some piece of information that once caught my eye, I can flip to, say, "Cleaning" and find Crunchy Betty's Daily Sparkly Shower Spray in a split second--faster than it takes, even, to turn on my laptop.
Not only that, but I can stick magazine clippings or notes written from library books in it, too, so that all of my information is in one place.
Make Your Own
- An old or new binder (I bought a pretty one at Target)
- Tabbed section dividers
- Colorful pens or narrow-tipped markers
- Graph paper--the kind that's 3-hole-punched
- Clear plastic page protectors
- Lined and/or blank notecards
- Clear plastic photo protectors that fit your notecards
- Post-it Notes, if that's how you roll (optional)
- Decide what sort of information you're going to collect--recipes, cleaning tricks, nutritional information, budgeting tips, etc.
- Name your book and label the spine and/or cover. Be artsy! Have fun! (That is the voice of experience. Mine is named, "Healthy Housekeeping." Talk about blah.)
- Divide your book into sections that make sense to you. Put some graph paper, page protectors, and notecards into each one.
- Take a quick spin through your online pin-boards, blog-rolls. Start compiling some of the handiest information. Use different colored pens to help categorize information if you want. Or draw out lists onto graph paper with cheerful doodles.
- If you have a stack of old magazines sitting around, this could be the perfect time to downsize. Clip what you want to save and recycle the rest!
- Keep a stack of notecards by your computer to make cataloging easier.
|My illustrated Dirty Dozen list|
Finally: Sit back and bask in the glow of effective organization.
Be as creative and/or comprehensive as you want! You could even turn your book into a sort of scrapbook.
If you keep at it, it could turn out to be a wonderful resource to hand down to your children when they're grown and forming nests of their own.--Something more tangible and "from Mom" than a page of Boards on Pinterest.
How do you keep track of tips and tricks?