July 30, 2014

Maximizing Space Under My Kitchen Sink

We have been on a decluttering and organizing mission and today I’m going to share with you how I organized the area under my kitchen sink using items I already had. I have to tell you that I have a weird plumbing set up under my sink. Most of the space is taken up with various pipes as you’ll see,  so it’s always been hard to find a way to make this area look tidy. But I’ve finally found the solution!

Maximizing space under my kitchen sink

Here are my 4 tips for maximizing the space under your kitchen sink.

My first tip is to empty the space and have a good look at what you’re storing.  That’s what I did! Donate/throw out things that you no longer use.

My second tip is to cut down on your cleaning products!

utilize the inside of doors when organizing

I have an all purpose cleaner that I make that I use for lots of things and a few store bought natural cleaners that I use. But basically I use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, dish soap & tea trea oil in my various cleaning concoctions. I also keep the cleaners I use in the bathroom – in the bathrooms.

use wire racks on cabinet doors for extra storage

My third tip is to use the space on your doors! I have wire shelving attached to both of my doors (there are ones that hang over the doors if you didn’t want to screw into your doors). You could also use extra strong command hooks to hang the wire racks. The one on the left side is higher so the door can close with no problem and I keep extra sponges and my knock off Magic Erasers on that shelf.  The wire shelf on the left is low so that I can keep my cleaning supplies on the door and there’s more clearance for the door to close on that side.

use expandable shelves to maximize space under your kitchen sinkMy fourth tip is to use expandable shelves (locker shelves) and bins. Like I said I have a weird plumbing situation under this sink that gives me very little room to store things! But I found this narrow shelf at Ikea a few years ago and I was using it in an upper cabinet (re-organized those too) and it fits perfectly on that side.

organizing under a kitchen sink

So I can store some things on top and I have room underneath for a small dollar store container that contains extra rubber gloves.

use bins to organize under a sink

On the other side I’m able to have a larger shelf and a bin (that I was using in my pantry – re-organized that too) that slides partially under it. On top I have a little bin that’s from the Dollar Store which holds my cleaning rags and dusting mitts. I could actually do more with the vertical space on this side if I had to (like get stacking bins or stacking drawers).

Another tip – I covered the bottom of this cabinet a few years ago with some leftover peel and stick tiles. This makes it very easy to clean and if you have a leak your cabinet and floor have a bit of protection.

maximizing space under a kitchen sink

The thing about organizing under sinks is that everyone has a different set up of pipes and cleaning products (and budget) so you kind of  have to asses your own space and then find the items that will help you organize your space.

But generally speaking these 4 tips will help you maximize the space under your kitchen sink no matter what!

10 Household Organizational Tips You Need To Know

When you take a little time to organize each and every day, you will eventually have an organized home. Check out the following 10 household organizational tips that will help you clean, organize, and get your home in tip top shape. My only advice would be to take a break in between each tip, so you don’t wear yourself completely out!

10 need to know organizational tips
#1. Household Chore List—Isn’t it time everyone helps pitch in around the house? Check out this household chore list.
#2. 12 Steps to Deep Cleaning—Don’t wait for spring to get your household clutter, cleaning, and organization under control.
#3. Organize Those Scarves—Since scarves are in style, you may need these tips to help you organize them.
#4. Organize the Linen Closet—6 easy steps to organizing your linen closet.
#5. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry – Don’t have a huge pantry? See how to organize a small pantry closet.
#6. Organized Computer Desk Station—The kids need a little help organizing too! Check out how you can make your kids a DIY computer desk station and organize it too.
#7. Closet Shelf Organization—Now is the time to get your closet shelf a little more organized!
#8. DIY Jewelry Organizer– Don’t let your jewelry just around in your bedroom. This DIY jewelry organizer is perfect for organizing your jewelry.
#9. Make a Family Command Center—Have one place for schedules, notes, school papers, bills, etc.
#10. DIY Refrigerator Mats -  Make your own refrigerator mats and spend less time on cleaning the fridge shelves.

There you have it! Ten tips that will help you organize different parts of your home.

What part of your home do you feel you need help in organizing?

My Chalkboard Kitchen Wall & Some Kitchen Organization

I wanted to show you guys my new chalkboard kitchen wall and a few little changes in the kitchen! My kitchen has been in a crazy state lately because I’m clearing my counters off, re-organizing cabinets and purging lots of stuff.

What a cute idea! A chalkboard wall with a  kitchen measurement conversion chart on it!

So this chalkboard project started because I  had lots of stuff sitting on this part of my kitchen counter (next to my cook top) that I moved to other places and then, since this area looked so nice, I just wanted a new look. :)  So I painted that wall with some chalkboard paint that I already had and for now I have a sort of kitchen measurement conversion chart on it.

DIY Toile Art

This is the before. I made these pictures I think about 10 years ago. They’re just pieces of toile fabric that I glued onto some cardboard and framed. This wall is a little strange in that the wall oven is behind it. This wall is actually covered in white with gold fleck formica! I’ve painted over it many many times because this kitchen has been about 7 different colors!

Cooking measurements chalkboard wall

This is the after. I thought cooking measurements would be cute for now.  I can always change it to something else like dinner menus or a saying later on. That’s the beauty of chalkboard – it’s definitely for those who like to change things up!

organize your cooking oils on a lazy susan

Some changes I made to this little counter top area -I used a Lazy Susan that I was using in my refrigerator to organize my most used oils (not sure I like it in the fridge – I think it took up too much space). I would have liked to have put the oils in the cabinet with the spices but those shelves don’t move so these bottles don’t fit. That’s my fancy Davis & Waddell pepper mill that I got at the thrift store in May!

Target Threshold white utensil holder

I don’t have a lot of drawers so I like to keep my larger utensils out since it makes them easy to grab when I’m cooking. I cook a lot! I sometimes cook 3 meals a day – most days at least 2. So whatever makes things easier for me!  I just got this cute utensil holder at Target – it’s part of the Threshold line.

black and white marble checkerboard floor and chalkboard wall

So this little counter space used to be filled with all kinds of things that have found new homes! Now I have a little more room to the left of my cook top and I was really shocked at what a difference this little change makes in my enjoyment of cooking!

Chalkboard wall in the kitchen with cooking measurements

My favorite thing though is the chalkboard wall!

I also re-organized my broom closet turned pantry and a few other things in the kitchen – so look for those future posts!

Have a great weekend!

11 Small Bathroom Organization Ideas

We are overhauling a lot of rooms in our home in effort to have things be more organized and tidy looking. One room in particular that I’ve been searching ideas for is our tiny master bathroom (actually all our bathrooms are small)!  There’s not a lot of room and not a lot of storage. So I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some small bathroom organizing ideas and thought I’d share a few with you today.

See how you can maximize your bathroom storage with these 11 small bathroom organizing ideas.

Here are some great ideas to help you maximize storage in your bathroom!

bathroom shelving for storage from 320 Sycamore

I’m pretty sure we’re going to install some sort of shelves to utilize the vertical space. I like these floating shelves from 320 Sycamore.

organize with plastic shoe boxes via Mary Organizes

Organizing with plastic shoe boxes like this from Mary Organizes keeps the undersink area nice a tidy.

bathroom cabinet organization with a lazy susan from Mini Manor Blog

Using a lazy susan for bathroom organization in a cabinet is so clever! via Mini Manor Blog

hair dryer over the door bin via A Bowl Full of Lemons (bathroom organization round up)

I actually just bought one of these hair dryer over the door bins at Ross! via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Shelf over toilet bathroom storage idea from The Butlers

I like this shelf, towel-bar combo from The Butlers

mason jar bathroom organizer from DIY Playbook

Use your wall space with this DIY Mason Jar Organizer from DIY Playbook

back f the cabinet door bathroom storage via BHG

Love this idea to use the back of the doors for storage. via BHG

Custom DIY under cabinet bathroom storage

I also really like this custom DIY under cabinet storage system because the pipes in one of our bathrooms is set up strangely. via Pretty Handy Girl featuring  Pink Toes and Power Tools

window boxes used as bathroom storage by Our Fifth House

Wall mounted wicker window boxes or baskets would also be a good storage idea. via Our Fifth House

hang wire baskets on the wall for bathroom storage via A Beautiful Mess

I also love the idea of hanging wire baskets on the wall like these from A Beautiful Mess

painted & distressed ball jars used for bathroom organization

Using small painted mason jars to hold little bathroom items like cotton is such a cute idea! via Rusted Treasure 

I’ll be sharing more organizing ideas for your home as we go through each of our rooms!

 

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

15 Great DIY Money Saving Household Cleaners

Moving to a greener lifestyle often means giving up some things we have become accustomed to and while that can often be scary, it can also be really amazing if we give it a try. One thing that I first did when I decided to live a greener lifestyle was to get rid of as many chemicals as I could. I started with my cleaning supplies. I was worried that switching to a greener DIY approach would mean my homemade cleaners wouldn’t be as effective as store bought cleaners. I’m happy to report that I was wrong (although I’ve found they do take a bit more elbow grease or time to soak).

15 natural household cleaners you can make your self
So if you are getting started on making your own cleaners whether out of a desire to be more eco-friendly or just because you want to save some money, here are 15 great DIY Money Saving Household Products to get you started!

15 DIY Money Saving Household Cleaners

1. Homemade  Cleaning Wipes from Organized Home

2. Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent from The Frugal Girls

3. Homemade Carpet Powder By Crunchy Frugalista

4. DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner by Clean Mama

5. DIY Soft Scrub Abrasive Cleaner by Saved By Grace

6. DIY Orange Basil Vinegar Cleaner by The Happier Homemaker

7. DIY Stain Remover for Clothing by The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

8. DIY Glass & Window Cleaner by The Dabblist

9. Homemade Swiffer Wetjet Refills by Surviving the Stores

10. DIY Miracle Deep Cleaning Spray (For stuck on food, grease and soap scum) by Saved by Grace

11. Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent by One Good Thing By Jillee

12. Screen Cleaner (for Tvs, Computer Screens, ipads etc) by Brown Thumb Mama

13. Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets by Clarks Condensed

14. Homemade Citrus Cleanser by One Good Thing By Jillee

15.  DIY Liquid Soap from A Cultivated Nest

These are all easy to make, eco-friendly and frugal!
15 diy money saving household cleaners (roundup)

Progress In My Craft Room

I got quite a bit accomplished in my craft room with being snowed in so many days. Plus the day we were without power we were able to do some decluttering since moving about kept us warm.  I still have a little bit more to do but at least my craft table is clean! Take a look at what I’ve done so far.

craft room shelf

I did a couple of easy craft projects like the pom pom covered “M”. I saw one on Craftgawker a while a go and since I had time (and quite a few cardboard/wood letters) I decided to give it a try.

pom pom to cover cardboard letter

I did it over a course of a few days while watching a few episodes of the last season of The Americans on Amazon Prime. All you have to do is glue pom poms randomly over the letter of your choice. I used hot glue but I’m sure other glues would work just as well.

craft store letter covered with pom poms

 

This would be cute for a kid’s room especially if you got a really big letter and hung it on the wall! I didn’t cover the inside of the M because by then I was tired of gluing pom poms. But I would paint the parts you don’t cover with pom poms for a more finished look. I may one day :)

today will be awesome

I also altered a clipboard with some paint, scrapbook paper and mod podge. My daughter made me the sign (it’s spin on something we say to each other when we have a day where we want to accomplish a lot of things).  She has an etsy store here where you can request custom designs.

craft area

I cleaned off my desk!!!!! I made a pile for the garage sale we’ll be having this spring,  a  pile of things I need but don’t have space for and a pile of things that needed to be put away.  The pile of things I need now – stuff I plan on doing soon and extra odds and ends are in the two plastic bins under my table.  If I find nicer bins I may switch them out for the ones I’m using now (one is purple).  But these are ones I already had and quite frankly I’m just thrilled I can see the top of the table so they are good enough for right now!

craft room

I feel like I did the hardest part and now I just have some fun fluffing to do!

Awesome Ideas for DIY Family Command Centers

Seems like everyone is in organizing mode in January! Me too!   Since we’re planning on moving this year and have lots of things going on,  I’ve been thinking of making a Family Command Center so that we all know what’s going on when. If you’re not familiar with the idea of a Family Command Center,  it’s basically just a one stop family organization area.  Here are a few examples that I find inspiring!

keep your family life running smoothly with a family command center - great ideas for making one

Please visit the linked blogs to see more about  creating your own  Family Command Centers.

Round of command center ideas

One Creative Housewife  has a wonderful post on how she set up this command center.

round up of command centers

Achieving Creative Order made this command center for a client.

round up of command centers

SAS Interiors shows you how to put together this budget friendly command center.

round up of family command centers

Proverbs Living made this organized and pretty family command center.

round up of family command centers

Love this command center from Home Remedies!

round up of family command center ideas

This one  by  Hi Sugarplum! is a great example of  making the most of a little/awkward space

round up of family command centers

Beneath My Heart created this amazing wall command center!

family command center

This one is amazing isn’t it! I’m pretty sure most if not all is part of the Pottery Barn home office line since I used to have a few of these pieces (and of course got rid of them during a decluttering phase- could kick myself now!). via Organize with Sandy

Do you have a family command center?
A round up of family command centers. Great ideas!

My New Pantry & How I Organized It

I’ve never had a house that had a real pantry, as in – a dedicated one in the kitchen. I’ve always just made myself a pantry where ever I could squeeze some extra space.  In this house I had a pantry in the shower stall of the downstairs bathroom that we didn’t use. Then when we remodeled the downstairs so that our daughter could live there, we moved the pantry to the closet of her old upstairs bedroom (which we now use as our tv room).  Now that we’re preparing to sell our house, I thought I had better find a more traditional space for the pantry.

pantry makeover & organization

So I moved things around and converted the broom closet into a pantry! It makes sense. It’s right by the kitchen. There’s a big hall closet that we can keep the brooms, vacuum, floor cleaner in and still have half the closet for coats and what not.

pantry door

It’s impossible to get a shot of the pantry from the front since it’s in the hall and there’s not enough space to be able to back up. So I’ll have to break up the photos.

pantry shelves edged with washi tape

We kept one wire shelf  at the top that we had in there and my husband installed the other shelves (which he got at Home Depot).  I  had to paint the closet since we had to Spackle holes. So I used a few jars of white sample paint left over from the kitchen (which I mixed together for a “custom” white) :)

I edged the shelves with various washi tapes that I have and the back wall has some clearance wrapping paper from Target ($1.48 a roll) for a pop of color. I used some strategically placed thumb tacks to put up the paper and I didn’t bother with making it go wall to wall. I would have had to spend way too much time cutting and lining up the pattern!

How I organized my pantry

There are several ways to organize your pantry. I organized my pantry by food type and  then  grouped similar items within my food type categories. I  kept my food in the original packaging. I should also point out that  I do have quite a bit of storage in my kitchen and I keep my baking supplies (flours, sugars, oats, etc.) in my baking cupboard. Some flours (like almond flour I keep in the freezer as well as my yeast). I don’t keep a huge pantry so I don’t write the expiration dates on things since we go through stuff pretty fast and I restock accordingly but you may find that helpful.

pantry organized by condiments

I placed my excess condiment type foods on one shelf. The clear bin to the left holds my large spice containers which I use to refill my small spice containers that I keep in the kitchen. You can see how I organized my spice cupboard here. The second shelf is canned fruits, some canned soup for emergencies, broth etc.

stair step shelf for canned goods

I used a stair step shelf for my canned beans/veggies. I chose this one from the Container Store because the shelves are deeper than the one you can get at Target/Walmart etc.  The whole can sits on the shelf.  I organized my beans by type (I add beans to lots of ground beef dishes I make and I make taco soup at least 1 or 2 x’s a month and that takes lots of beans). That way I know which ones need replenishing. Target had their pasta sauce on sale recently for $1 a jar and they had a coupon on their site so I stocked up!

pantry organized with labeled bins

This shelf is organized by pasta, rice, dry beans. I used bins from Walmart to group like items.  We only eat brown rice past now so that’s all grouped together. The brown rice rotini, penne, and spirals are all in a dish bin. I used a OXO pop container to store the spaghetti (there’s always at least one open bag). LOVE the OXO pop containers and I use them in my baking cupboard.

The quinoa, couscous, rice is in one container. The rice pasta  mac and cheese is in one container and I have some bags of dried lentils & beans on the end.

organized pantry

On  the floor I have soda, some oversized items, extra diswasher detergeant and a pull out stackable drawer organizer from Target. I keep my stuff for making hand soap, dish soap, extra foil, baggies, straws – that sort of stuff in those drawers. On top of the drawers we keep the box of garbage bags we use for the kitchen and napkins.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into my pantry and remember that  everyone’s pantry is going to look different because we all eat differently and we all have different amounts of money to spend on groceries.

Linking to:  A Bowl Full of Lemons, Thrifty Thursday

DIY Saturday: Junk Drawer Organization Ideas

Happy weekend everyone!  Sometimes the most disorganized area of a home is also the smallest. I’m talking about the junk drawer! I think most people have a junk drawer in their kitchen or somewhere in their home. It becomes a  catch-all for those little odds and ends that we need and normally winds up looking like a mess. Hopefully these junk drawer organizing ideas will help you keep things in order.

We all have them! Here are some fantastic ideas for organizing your junk drawer!

The first step is to dump everything out and then decide what you want to keep. Use one of these methods to put everything back nice and neat.

cereal box drawer dividers

See how to make these cute drawer dividers that are from cereal boxes @  I Heart Organizing

junk drawer organizaition

This beautifully organized junk drawer uses a bamboo flatware organizer @ Two Twenty One

junk drawer organized with plastic containers

This organizing  idea uses  plastic containers @  Heroth Home

DIY junk drawer organizer

You can build this junk drawer organizer for $5 and in 15 minutes – instructions @ JRL Woodworking

organized junk drawer

Isn’t this drawer pretty! Wish mine looked like this :) They used clear acrylic cubes to keep things contained via BHG

organized junk drawer with baskets

These baskets are from The Container Store but you could use ones from the dollar store just as easily via Oprah.Com

Be sure to check out my Pinterest Boards for more organizing ideas!

 

October Is The 31 Days of….Project

Hi, I just thought I’d pop in to remind people that October is when a lot of  blogs participate in the 31 Days of writing on one topic challenge.  There’s a one stop linky sign up at Nesting Place you should check out.

31 days of writing challenge in October

She has categories set up so if you’re interested in Family Life, Blogging, House & Home, etc it’s easy to see what blogs are participating and what they’re going to be writing about.

There’s so much good content but I’m going to have to limit myself to just a couple  for this month such as:

31 Days Of Less & More

31 Days of Less & More @ Living Well Spending Less

31 days of getting organized

31 Days of Getting Organized @  Organize & Decorate Everything

31 days of spontaneous organizing

31 Days of  Spontaneous Organizing @ Organizing Made Fun.

I’m mainly hanging out in the Organizing & Simplifying category for this month since that’s what I’ve been working on all summer.  I’m hoping to stay motivated since I want to tackle some big projects before the Holidays!

Are you participating as a writer or a reader this year?

Creative & Inexpensive Organizing Ideas

I love the Container Store as much as the next person, but I really love it when I find creative ways to organize. Especially since I’ve been working on re-organzing my home this summer. Even better if the idea  repurposes something or if it’s an inexpensive organizing idea (the Container store can be pricey).

A roundup 10 Creative & Inexpensive Organizing ideas

Here are 10 Creative Organizing Ideas that I like!

soda fridgepack used as a soup container by  Then She Made

This is a soda fridge pack that’s been repurposed into one of those self-rotating soup storage containers. Isn’t that clever! See the tutorial at Then She Made

dish drainer file holder

Brenda at Cozy Little House  had this really cute idea to use a red dish drainer as a file holder.

cups as storage for pencils

I like this idea for corralling office supplies. We all have extra drink glasses that we can use. This idea is from BHG

DIY banana hanger

Create your own banana hanger with just a C hook & S hook and save some counter space. Petit Elefant shows you how.

cracker box lid holder

Here’s a cracker box lid holder for all those plastic tops from Crafty Journal

CD/DVD organization

Organize your dvd/cd’s by storing them in their sleeves via  Hi Sugarplum!

sink caddies as pantry storage solution

I love this idea of using sink caddies to hold those little packets in your pantry. See the whole amazing pantry at Make Bake Celebrate

magazine file holder store clingwrap/foil etc

How about using a magazine holder to store your wraps? See more of her kitchen re-organization here The Wandmaker’s Mother

pantry organization

I also love this idea  to use the space on the side wall for little items in your pantry from Domestic Imperfection

drawer organizers from boxes

Make your own custom drawer organizers from boxes. The Stonybrook House shows you how.

I hope you found some  ideas here for organizing your home. Check out my Organized Nest Pinterest Board for more great organizing ideas!

Making Some Changes In The Master Bedroom

I’ve been on an organizing mission all summer. Just little projects here and there. Nothing too involved or time consuming really. One area that was bugging me was the top of my dresser. I didn’t take before photos but it was kind of messy! Anyway, I found the perfect little organizer and that of course led me to making a few more changes and now I have a whole new direction that I want to take this room (another domino effect)!

organized dresser top

This is the organizer that I found and it’s perfect for me right now. Love it!!

makeup organizer from TJMaxx

It gives me a place to put all those little samples from Sephora that I get from ordering my husband’s cologne through them. I have a place for my lipsticks, my one eye shadow case (I’m not a big makeup person – I’m more into skincare) and all the other little things I use. Plus I have room to grow. Now if you use more makeup than me this one will probably not work for you but I’ve seen tons of others at Target and the Container Store that are made for holding lots of makeup. The idea is to find a way organize and contain your makeup in a way that works for you.

mercury glass dish used to organize perfume samples

I put all the little perfume samples that I have in this little mercury glass dish to keep them contained and easy to grab.

mercury glass lamp on dresser

Our bedroom is done in mostly black and cream with robin’s egg blue walls and I decided that it needs a bit of sparkle.  I replaced the lamp that was here with this mercury glass one that I already had. I sometimes use it in the living room at Christmas when I like to bring out all my mercury glass stuff. I’ll be adding more touches of sparkle as I find them.

round silver mirror

I also added this silver mirror from TJMaxx.

black toile curtains

I like the bit of bling it brings to this wall!

target branch wall art

My dresser top looks so nice that my husband wants to re-organize his! Yay! Although that’s going to be a bit of a challenge! :)

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Home Sweet Frugal Home – Making A Budget Binder & A List of Free Printable Financial Planning Pages

*Revised Scroll Down. This is my summer of organization! I know most of you are thinking summer is the time to relax and take it easy. I plan on doing that! But I also think summer is a good time  to do a little organizing since I do have more free time and I will have more hands available to help me did do some projects.  So my first project was to re-organize our finances  (you’ll find out why as you read on) and  I made a budget binder! I also have a list of free printable financial planning pages at the end of this post.

budget binder and resources for free printable budgeting sheets

Cute cover sheet is from my daughter’s etsy store

I know that most people set up a basic budget in January for the year.  I always did. There’s nothing like a shiny New Year to get you motivated to make changes and be more organized!

free printable budget planner pages

The only problem I realized is that, for my family at least, I would often  have to re-do it mid year because my husband’s company has our medical insurance running June – May and every year the options get worse and the cost is more!  It’s also the time that our mortgage company re-evaluates our escrow account for taxes which affects our mortgage payment. I never know how these two things will go! Sometimes things stay pretty much the same and sometimes, like this year, we’ll be paying close to $200 more per paycheck for medical (plus a high deductible) starting June. Yep, an extra $400 a month!! I almost cried when I saw that!

So now I’m going to try setting up our basic budget from June-May and see how that works. We’ll continue to re-evaluate it each month and tweak it as necessary.

I know it’s “old school” to use pencil and paper but that’s how I like doing it.  I have tried other budgeting methods. Some people keep their budgets in an Excel spreadsheet,  some use online programs like Mint or YNAB,  some use Quicken, some use the envelope method and some people don’t care and do nothing and it all works out for them… or not :)

I would say do whatever method that engages you and really makes you aware of your spending and saving. I’m not completely old school…I do pay all the bills that can be paid online and I use Quicken as my check register and just download our transactions every day.

organizing with binders

How My Budget Binder Is Set Up

My budget binder is a 1 1/2 inch binder with various free inserts from different places on the internet which are linked at the end of the post. It contains:

budget binder receipt holder

1. A pocket for receipts that need to be filed.  That way they don’t accumulate in a pile on my desk. You may want to keep stamps, address labels, pencils or something else in it (or skip it altogether).

Budget Binder - Bill Paying Schedule

2. A monthly calendar. I use free printable ones. There are lots of designs to choose from online. When a bill comes in or I have an automatic deduction, I write it on the calender a few days before the due date.  I pay 99% of our bills online so paying a day or two before the due date has been fine for us. If I was mailing checks I would pay at least 5-7 days before the due date to make sure the payment was received on time.  As the bill is paid I check it off (including automatic ones – I check my account online to make sure it was deducted – things happen). At the end of the week I make sure everything for that week has been checked (therefore paid) & entered in Quicken (including automatic savings deductions which are taken from our main checking account twice a month).

3. Debt tracking sheet – a place to list debts that have a monthly balance. Every month I enter the new total due and get excited watching the amount go down!

4. Annual Expense sheet to keep track of those expenses that happen once a year and then break them down into a monthly cost for budgeting. For example: Termite Bond Renewal, AAA Membership, Warehouse Club Renewal Fee,  Membership/Subscription Fees,  Property tax if it’s not included in your mortgage etc.

5. Total Income & Expense worksheet with Financial goals for the year. That way you can see where to cut if you have more going out than coming or if you have certain financial goal you want to reach. I normally only do this once or twice a year or if there are significant changes to our income or our expenses.

weekly budget planner sheet

6. Monthly budget planner pages divided by monthly tabs. I keep the projected  income for that month minus projected expenses for the month (it’s really pretty much  the same every month – there are variable income worksheets linked below if your income fluctuates). When I’m really on top of my game we use the envelope system for groceries, eating out, and personal spending. If I’m not on top of my game (it happens :) )  I do a weekly budget just on a sheet of lined paper to keep track of groceries, entertainment, gas, personal spending money etc. that I budget a weekly amount for.

7. Some people might want to keep check register pages in their planner but like I said, I use Quicken plus I rarely ever write checks.  Some people might want to use cash tracking pages if they use mostly cash.

8. You may also want to keep a sheet to track your savings. Especially if you are saving for a specific purpose.

Use whatever financial sheets apply to your needs in making your budget planner. This is what works for us, but I’m always tweaking and re-evaluating my system.

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My daughter sells really cute Home Management Binder Cover Sheets in her etsy store here. There are lots of people that sell budget planner kits on etsy so check there if you want to save time.

Here are some places for free budget planning sheets to help you get started. If you offer some on your blog  or know of others, leave the url in the comments and I’ll add it to this list. I’ll keep updating this list as I find more free planner pages so be sure to bookmark this post to see any changes.

free printable budget planner resources

Resources for Free Printable Budget Worksheet

How to Budget an Irregular Income

Living Well Spending Less  Beginners Budget Worksheet

Paycheck to Paycheck Budgeting Form

Printable PDF Weekly Budget

Freebie Finding Mom Free Printable Income & Expense Worksheet

Dave Ramsey Monthly Cash Flow Printables

Pinch A Little Save A Lot 8 Editable Financial Printables

The Accidental Okie Free Budget Printables

The Uncluttered Lifestyle Financial Planner Pages

About.Com FrugalLiving Free Budget Worksheets

Mom’s Budget worksheets

The Chic Crafter Household Monthly Budget Pdf

Free Monthly Expense Worksheet

Colorful Monthly Budget Planner from DIY Home Sweet Home

Bill Planner for A5 Filofax

Monthly Budget Worksheet

30 Handmade Days Printable Planner Pages

Twenty63 free budget printables

I have a great Frugal Living Board on Pinterest you might find useful.

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