Today's instalment in my mini organising series is all about my shopping organisation. I have only recently started using this system because the way I used to do my shopping was very chaotic and inefficient. I would go out into town with a vague idea of what was needed and come back without the very things that I went for! Not to mention unused discount coupons and offers that would have been useful, had I remembered them before they went out of date!
So, armed with information gained from Pinterest (I have a useful board on organisation here) and after watching a few youtube videos, I set about getting myself an efficient shopping system.
First of all, I put a notebook & a pen in lots of different rooms in my house so that I can write down what I need immediately that I think of it. I have notebooks in my craft room, my bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen and the lounge and when I need to go shopping I go into each room in turn gathering all the lists together.
Back onto the Shopping Organiser...
Opening it up, you can see I keep my store cards in the front:
..and all my vouchers in named plastic wallets in the back.
This is a sample page of store cards in the business card wallets:
The business card organiser was bought separately and made by Adoc. They have the same size of punched holes as the arc.
The A5 plastic wallet pages I use are made by Adoc but Arc make them too.
I've labelled each shop I get discount vouchers for and put everything I have to do currently with that shop in its own wallet page:
I highlight dates, to make sure that I know to use them (if I need or want to!) before they expire. I can also see when I need to remove them. (The plastic wallets are useful for seeing both sides of a voucher too).
In the back pages I have some lined and graph paper for various notes. Here I have put all the Opening Hours of my local supermarkets, just in case the need arises to go to a certain one for emergency bread or tea bags at 6pm on a Sunday!:
This is page 1 of 3, we have a whole set of local supermarkets and luckily I'm not loyal to any!
So, this is my system, hope you found it useful (and not just a tad obsessive?!...) Join me again soon for some more organising tips,