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Household Book – A Great Organization Tool

household bookHousehold BooK

My Story

I try to be organized. I really do. But some things can be overwhelming. I was always buying light bulbs. Always. I could never remember if I had the one I needed. Or which one I needed. Did the ones I had fit?  I decided I needed a household book. Why? Because I was always asking myself questions.

  • Where is the warranty for the heater?
  • What color paint did I use for the powder room on the main floor?
  • Didn’t I already get that termite inspection this year? Why are they calling?
  • What light bulb does the living room need again?

You get the drift.

That is why any diy home goddess need a household book. It’s the easiest way to keep track of everything needed for a house.

What You Need

  • A Binder, probably a two inch binder will do.
  • A 50 pack of sheet protectors from an office supply store.
  • A pack of college ruled paper
  • Or a simple template you can create in Excel or Word if your handwriting is as messy as mine.

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Taxes – What do I Put Together?

TAXESTAXES!

The Story

Here in the United States, just like most other countries, we have to do our taxes every year. Our Federal taxes are due on April 15th. It is something none of us look forward to. It’s not that we really don’t like paying taxes. Okay, we don’t. Really, most of us don’t. But most of us due our civic duty. But the hardest part for the majority is actually preparing our tax returns. And a diy home goddess will always do her civic duty!

The tax system is complicated. Even for accountants it can be. According to reports, you can give 20 different accountants the exact same information, and you will more than likely have 20 different final numbers. That is because each person may interpret the tax laws differently. That is why tax preparers make the big bucks. So we don’t have to do it ourselves.

But we do have to do the preparation for taxes. We have to gather the information.

The Checklist

I have prepared a basic checklist that the average person would need. Each person’s situation is different, and each tax return will need different items. But this will at least give you a start on what to collect to give to your preparer.

Mind you, this checklist is not complete, by any means. Nor is this checklist a substitute for any tax advice, as I am not a lawyer. It is up to you to contact a lawyer or accountant if you feel you cannot prepare your own tax return accurately and according to the complex laws. Read more

Planners Which One & Why I Pick Erin Condren

ERIN CONDREN PLANNER

Planners Which One & Why I Pick Erin Condren

Planners are one of the best ways to deal with life, but why? Planning is key to everything in life:

  • Parties
  • Weddings
  • School
  • Work

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    This is my Erin Condren Planner personalized cover

  • Activities
  • Recipes
  • Vacations
  • Cleaning
  • Blogging
  • Presents
  • Scrapbooking
  • Interior Design
  • Shopping
  • Appointments
  • Bills/Budgets

Maybe you are the type who can succeed flying by the seat of your pants, but not me. I need to write everything down or I forget. The busier a person is, the more stuff they can handle. I can do a lot, but if I’m not organized, I actually just sit there and truly do nothing. Which is unheard of for a Type A person like me. Most busy people keep planners on them at all times. They just find what works for them.

“Okay, you said you picked the Erin Condren Planner. Why?” Patience my dear goddesses. Let’s chat over some coffee a bit first. Read more

Winterize Your Home, Inside and Out

WINTERIZE HOMEWinterize and Prepare for the Harshness!

Everyone has to winterize their house. Unless you live some place like Hawaii. Then you have another problem. To winterize can mean a little bit of work, or a whole weekend of stuff, with stuff still left over to do. It can be a daunting task.

As a DIY home goddess, you have a lot of stuff already on your plate, so let’s make it just a little bit of work for you. There are something things you need to hire out to do, but I won’t put the majority of them on the list, because it is a big enough list as it is. If you have a hubby, significant other, or older kids, get them to help you with this.

The Story

Winterize

Two feet of snow is way too much, I tell you!

I am sure you have heard about the snow the east coast was hit with a few weeks ago. I was part of it. I spent the better part of three days shoveling out my sidewalk, my bushes, my vents, my car! We had about 24-27 inches of snow that accumulated in about 24 hours. I started shoveling right when the snow started. Fortunately I was just about done when everyone else decided to make their first foray into the blinding whiteness. It pays to start early!

I had done a few things, but not quite enough. My handyman had turned off my water. But I almost forgot I didn’t have a shovel. You see, my shovel had fallen apart last winter, and I had forgotten to replace it. So here I was, the day before the snow was to start, and I am running around town trying to find a shovel. Read more