There are few rites of passage as we move into spring, and for me – one of them is spring cleaning! As a family who has had our fair share of winter sicknesses, I am ready to get my spring cleaning on and eliminate all lingering germs. And if you are too – I have made this handy spring deep cleaning checklist for you, along with a customizable weekly cleaning schedule you can fill out on your own!
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This checklist is a great reminder to tackle all those essential, but easily forgettable tasks. And these downloads are a great addition to your Family Home Binder printables available in my post here.
Are you a fan of spring cleaning? What are some items on your list that you think I should add to mine?
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We are officially heading into spring and that means consignment season is upon us!
Twice a year, I sift through piles of clothing, unused toys, books and baby gear to prep them for our local spring and winter consignment sales. I have found that participating in these events not only helps to declutter our home (Marie Kondo would be so proud), but its a simple and frugal way to outfit our children throughout the year. As a consignor, I’ve actually made a decent amount of money selling old items and then turned that money around to purchase seasonal-appropriate clothing and toys.
Now the idea of consigning might seem intimidating for a first-timer, but I promise it can be so beneficial to you and your family. And since I’ve involved myself in a handful of sales, I want to share my best pieces of advice for those considering taking the leap. Part one of my consignment post series will highlight 5 tips for a first-time consignor and will hopefully be a great resource to set you up for success.
Choose the Right Sale
The first thing to keep in mind when signing up as a consignor, is making sure you choose the right children’s consignment show to participate in. There are a handful of factors that help make this decision easier and they are:
Location – Is it convenient to you?
Date – Will you have plenty of time to prepare? Are you available during the show days for drop-off/pick-up?
Size of Sale – Is the show pulling in a lot of buyers and making it worth your time and investment?
Season – Consider the items you want to sell, particularly clothing. Does the season work well for the items you wish to sell? (ie. If you have a lot of winter jackets and shirts, your items will not be accepted at a sale in the spring).
Give Yourself Time to Prep
Preparing your inventory takes A LOT of time; so plan accordingly in order to hit your drop-off deadline. You will need at least a months time in advance to go through the items you wish to sell, wash/clean, bundle items (if you plan to do this), list on the inventory software and tag.
Go through all your items and choose the ones that are likely to sell at the show. This is also a good time to see everything you want to get rid of and decide if donating the items to a local thrift-store makes more sense. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to choosing what items to consign:
Make sure you pick in-season clothing (jackets, long-sleeve for winter / short-sleeves, shorts, summer dresses for spring, etc.)
Don’t include dingy, worn/torn or stained clothing
Don’t include items that are broken or have missing pieces
Older kids clothing, baby gear and outdoor play equipment are the fastest sellers and in high-demand. Additionally, clothing sets or outfits sell better than separates.
Price Items Fairly
Generally, children’s consignment events advise to sell at 30%-40% of the retail price, but it is best to refer to the specific consignment sales staff on a recommended pricing guideline. See our pricing guide below!
Presentation is Key
Presentation means everything at consignment events. When selling your gently-used items, you want to make sure that from a buyers standpoint, the items still look relatively new. Always wash/iron all clothing, wipe down and sanitize any baby gear or products and make sure all electronics have new, working batteries so buyers are able to test them out.
Since the school year began, our family has put some extensive structure into our days – something we never had to do before. And to make sure our new routine runs smoothly during the week, I have been working on ways to organize our time and schedule accordingly. One of the newest projects I have implemented is this weekly menu board, which I am sharing below.
It has only been a few weeks since using this and it has been really helpful. We’ve saved a fair amount of money by planning our dinners in advance and we are never asking ourselves, “What should we have for dinner?” when 5 o’clock rolls around. As a result, creating our grocery list each week has been a breeze.
I modeled my weekly menu board from this projectby The Thinking Closet, but with significant changes. It was super easy to make and one that I am excited to use each week. I hope you enjoy this project and see if it helps you!
As a result, creating our grocery list has been a breeze and we are never asking ourselves, “What should we have for dinner?”
Here is what you will need:
Chalkboard (I just used one that was sitting in our storage needing to be repurposed)
Matte vinyl & transfer paper (or you can use chalk paint marker and write yourself)
Silhouette/Cricut (if you are using vinyl)
Gather your supplies.
Create a list of all your favorite family meals using this template. I made sure to include “take out”, “leftovers” and “eating out” as options for the times we aren’t cooking at home.
If you happened to look at the weekly menu board that I referenced, they actually color coordinated the meals by category ( i.e. chicken, seafood, beef, vegetarian, etc). I didn’t feel this was necessary, but it’s a great idea if you want to get more detailed.
Print this list on regular 8.5 x 11 card stock and cut into strips.
Self-laminate the meal strips, cut and punch holes in the top left-hand corner. When finished, hang on binder rings for later.
Use this template to create bigger meal cut outs and you can print the recipes on the back!
Create a file in Silhouette or Cricut with the weekdays, “recipes/meals”, “The ___ Family Menu” and anything else you want to add. From here you will just create, cut, transfer and place on the chalkboard where you see fit (here is a helpful tutorial), but if you are just using a chalk paint pen – this is the step you would write these on the board.
BONUS: Use this template to create bigger meal cut outs and you can print the recipes on the back! I regret not doing this myself and have since contemplated remaking my cards.
Hot glue gun the clothespins to below the days of the week and tape the command hooks to the right, as shown in picture.
Now, just put your meals for the week under the weekday and the rest will hang on the binder rings!
And there it is! Altogether, the project took me about 30 minutes. I hung the weekly menu board on an empty wall in the kitchen that I plan to turn into a command center when all is said and done.
Each Sunday, we look through our favorite meals from the board, decide what we want throughout the week and write out our grocery list. It makes our lives so much easier!
Do you create a weekly meal plan? How do you like to keep it organized?
PS. If you are interested in more home organizational projects, be sure to visit here!
This year, I took the time to really invest my energy in home organization. One of the very first items I worked on was a family emergency binder for our home.
It’s important to note that the family emergency binder is different than a home management binder, which is geared towards keeping your family on track on a daily basis.
Putting all of our important information and documents together in one place has not only been smart and practical for at-home use, but it is the perfect grab-and-go item in case of an emergency.
Now, each emergency binder will be unique across the board – some families choose to have very in-depth binders and others have just the vital information (I like to think mine was less elaborate). How and what you choose to put in yours is up to you!
Here is how I put together our family emergency binder, as well as some additional ideas you can incorporate and some free printables so you can start your own!
Create your family binder with some simple supplies:
Contact information (including emergency contacts, neighbors, hospital, primary care, pediatrician, veterinarian, insurance providers, etc.)
Medical information (personal medical details such as allergies, medications, etc.)
List of utilities (account numbers, authorized users and login username/password)
Legal documents (marriage license, custody, car titles, lease information, etc.)
Property documents (deed, titles, etc.)
Testamentary documents (wills, trusts, etc.)
Copies of drivers license or state issues ID card
Social security cards
A list of usernames and passwords to vital websites
Contacts of family and friends
List of birthdays and anniversaries
Print out the free family emergency binder printables I have made below, which include:
Family binder cover
Emergency numbers and information
Family personal profile
Birthdays and anniversaries
Contacts of friends and family
Utilities and services
Fill out your printables and place in the page protectors. Make sure you place all your documents in a spot you will remember (I place our documents towards the back of the binder, in different sections).
There you have it – in just a few steps, you have an easily accessible “command center” binder!
Want to include more? Here are some additional ideas you can put in your emergency family binder:
Credit/debit card information
Medical release forms (you can even notarize these)
Hopefully we never ACTUALLY have to run out of the house with this binder in an emergency, but the fact that we have it eases my mind exponentially.