How to Organize A High School Scrapbook

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Reader-Submitted Scrapbook Organization Tips My sister keeps separate multi-year scrapbooks just for band and sports and the clubs her kids are involved in. Get all the memories out once the school year’s over and arrange them with some text and news clippings to tell the ‘Story of the Year’. Our mom made us do this every Sunday afternoon: Use a jumbo 3-ring binder and put ineverything you want to keep from the week before. Most things done in school will fit in a 3-ring, and for the pictures and little things there are all sorts of clear plastic holders made…

How to Organize Pictures

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Reader-Submitted Picture Organization Tips older photo albums are not, and can cause your precious pictures fade and yellow. Buy and use only acid-free albums and sleeves! There are many companies that will take all of your old photos and put them onto a photo CD for you to peruse, copy, print, and edit at your leisure. The process doesn’t harm your originals and gives you a storage medium that will preserve them forever. I like to arrange all of my albums by either the event that the pictures were taken at (a wedding album for example), or by the person/people…

How to Organize Your Finances

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Reader-Submitted Tips for Organizing Your Money If you can fit all of your stuff in a big binder, great, do it. If you need a small hanging-file box to hold it all, that’s fine too. My point is, just make sure you keep everything in one place. There’s nothing worse than having stuff spread out everywhere from your car to your office when tax time rolls around and you’re franticly searching for that single slip of paper that you need. To keep track of car maintenance, gas, and expensable things while on the road, use a cheapo mini-day planner with…

How to Organize Coupons

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Reader-Submitted Coupon-Organization Tips I quit clipping and saving those coupons out of the Sunday supplements. I found I was spending two hours clipping and sorting to save about $10 per week, which meant my time was worth only $5 an hour. And that didn’t even factor in the $1.50 for the Sunday paper! But back when I did save them, I had something of a system. I clipped out only the coupons I knew I might use, and I put them in recycled envelopes that my junk mail came in. I labeled each envelope with the month in which the…

How to Organize Recipes

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Random Tips for Organizing Recipes This tip is pretty basic, but it’s helped me to organize all of my recipes by meal type. You know, soups, breads, desserts, meats, etc.. I just use a regular three-ring binder and those plastic document holder thingies. This lets me transfer the recipe from a book, magazine, printout, or napkin without having to re-write it. I just throw it into the plastic sleeve and I’m done! When I find a new recipe I want to try, I put it into the very front of my recipe book, that way when I go to look…

How to Organize Bills

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Some Random Tips on Organizing Bills I keep my checkbook, stamps, return-address labels, envelopes, and stubs all in a three-ring binder so when a bill comes, all I have to do is pull out the binder and everything I need to pay, file, and mail the bill off is right there. Every time I bring in the mail, I put all of the bills that need to be paid into a stack that I go through once a week. Doing it this way means I only need to pull out my bills binder once, my mailing supplies once, my hole-punch…

How to Organize A Move

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Some Random Tips For Organizing a Move When you know you’ve got a move coming up, don’t wait until the very last minute to pack! Start a couple of weeks in advance, that way you have time to pack things right. You can get more boxes if you need them, take your time and keep everything organized. Just do a few boxes worth a day, and set them in a predefined area in your home when they’re ready to go. Easy! It’s hard to score decent cardboard boxes for moving. We’ve always had the best luck waiting until around midnight…

How to Organize A Science Competition

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Organizing a Science Fair I can’t say for certain, but it sure sounds like they do education better in Canada. In the USA, school vice principals are frequently ex-gym teachers moving up in the world. Their job is to observe how the school principal (another ex-gym teacher) watches the school secretary do her work in the hope that someday he will move up into that job. But there is this vice principal in Canada, C. Kirk Taylor, who had published some great info on a web site, which unfortunately has been taken down. It was something he did in 2000…

How to Organize A Labor Union

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Building a Labor Union from the Ground Up Workers group together in a labor union to achieve greater strength than they have as individuals when it comes to pressing employers for better wages and/or working conditions. When employers don’t meet demands, union workers may go out on strike, leaving their duty stations and forming picket lines to discourage replacement workers, known as “scabs,” from taking their vacated jobs. After a century of making gains, the American union movement has become moribund over the past few decades in the face of a dissolving industrial sector, anti-union right-to-work laws, active opposition by…

How to Organize a Surprise Party

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Holding a surprise birthday party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a headache if you don’t use proper planning. Just incorporate the following steps and you will be yelling “surprise!” at the top of your lungs in no time. Decide who you are throwing the party for Who wouldn’t want to have a surprise birthday party? Actually, plenty of people. Not everyone likes surprises, so make sure you choose your victim err, surprise-ee carefully. Choose a date and time You will want to determine the date and time for the party at least a month…