By: Christa Protano
My children may have a few weeks of summer break left, but I myself am in full-on organization mode. September and fall are calling and my goal is to get my house in order so I can be most productive once my kids get back in the classroom. Who’s with me? Here are four titles to get you started.
Leaky faucet? Need some new shelving? This handy guide can help you DIY. Even if you’ve never picked up a power drill, How To Fix Stuff breaks down basic home projects with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and illustrations. Thanks to these pages, excuses fall by the wayside when it comes to tackling that honey-do list.
Even if your child is in junior high, it’s not too late to start keeping track of their school year memories. This journal makes it easy to backtrack or start from the very beginning. The included milestone card and dry-erase marker mean you’ll never miss out on the requisite First Day/Last Day social media pic. But what we love the most is in the die-cut cover for those precious annual school photos.
If your kitchen drawers are overflowing with random recipe cards, magazine tear-outs, or random sheets of paper penned with baking how-tos, this binder is for you. Our Family Recipes makes it easy to get organized and create a family heirloom at the same time. The binder comes with nine divided sections for everything from appetizers to desserts, with a starter recipe for each. There’s also a magnetic measurement conversion chart and lists of cooking essentials.
Confession: In addition to signing my kids up for fall sports, I’m also starting to think about next year’s spring break getaway. That’s why I love this monthly planner that I can start using now. Sure, I could keep everything scheduled in my phone, but then I wouldn’t get to decorate my calendar with colorful stickers, or get inspired by the uplifting quotes featured from July 2022 to December 2023.