With our little warm spell this weekend, I started a little outside clean-up. Our porch rockers need painting, so I sanded them to get them ready for primer and paint. Their original finish lasted over seven years. I’m thankful for every year I didn’t have to paint rocking chairs, since it’s not my favorite job.
I don’t want to give you the wrong impression here. I didn’t make a dent in my Spring project list.
Just going out there and getting started can make a person feel a little better. Physical movement to the outdoors helps us get our brains moving in that direction, as well. It’s time to make plans for our digging in the dirt this Spring.
I was wondering how you keep your gardening resources organized. I decided to share my organization system with you. Not that it’s the latest and greatest thing in the world. But because it works for me and maybe you need a little organization inspiration.
This is my cabinet where I store all my gardening magazines, books, and a particular notebook I want to share with you today. That fat, gray one.
When your magazine tear-outs and gardening information sheets outgrow their file, what do you do?
Obviously, a notebook was my answer. I’ve found that managing a boat load of information is much more efficient when it’s organized in a way that works well for you.
To begin, choose a nice-sized notebook. Mine is about a 3-1/2″ ring binder. Pick something fun to place under the outer sleeve just for fun. This is exactly what I look like in the mornings during Spring and Summer. It makes me laugh every time I see it.
The article is a bonus – information from the get-go.
Here are my categories for my gardening notebook.
You may need different categories, but this gives you an idea of the scope.
Flowers, of course.
To the structures I want to build someday. This is my dream chicken coup.
I might actually be the only person you know that has a dream about that.
Inside the front cover, I keep information about upcoming garden shows.
The back pocket has a book list I once made. (Some of these books are now in the cabinet.) Also, the booklet behind was too big to punch holes through it, so I just stuck it in the pocket.
The back of the notebook has a picture of a beautiful red-headed woodpecker.
We started seeing these woodpeckers after the tornado came through. They like to nest around fallen trees. Well, we certainly have a lot of those now!
A calendar inside the cabinet door is handy for gardening reminders for fertilizing, spraying, and everything else involved.
Hmm…empty calendar. Looks like I have a lot of planning to do!
Are you making plans yet for digging in your dirt? What’s your system for organizing things?
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