spreadsheets and suitcases

organization + travel = family fun

Yes, I am still here!

Again, it’s been a while, but I wanted to pass along a few items I found interesting…

  • Hawaiian Airlines announced some new West Coast routes: year-round nonstop service from Oakland to Kauai, Los Angeles to Kona, and Portland to Maui.
  • Disney Parks Blog did a live-stream of Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom tonight: click the link to the video if you’re into spoilers!
  • My kids are back to school, and avalanche of notices, syllabi, reminders, upcoming field trip forms, etc has begun to slide in.  You know what I mean, guys- it’s Paper City!  My solution is an accordion file, one per kid.  For the High Schooler, I label the tabs with each subject, plus one for papers/info about the Open House, one dedicated to her semester schedule for easy reference, and a few miscellaneous for things like receipts from School Store purchases, the combination to her gym locker in case she forgets it, etc.  For the Grammar Schooler who doesn’t have syllabi yet, I have tabs for receipts on school lunch deposits, upper halves of permission slips (including the $ paid, date paid, and payment form written on them for confirmation), one that has the sheet the school provides to stick Box Tops for Education on, and a few miscellaneous for the school year calendar, fundraiser/school picture order info, and past monthly lunch menus (the current one gets stuck to the fridge).  Both kids have a tab dedicated to report cards and progress reports. I just realized that my accordion files are basically a 3D spreadsheet for physical items!  <heart eyes emoji>

    accordion folder

    This is the kind I use, except mine have 12 tabs each.  I also store them in the “permanently open” position standing upright next to my desktop computer- ain’t nobody got time to be opening and closing them over and over.

Their placement by the computer is perfect- on one side of them I have a bin of items that need to be shredded, and on the other side, a dedicated space for scrap paper.  I can easily get through a big pile of stuff while sitting at my home desk by sorting quickly into these systems.  Shaves seconds off my day, lol.  I’ll take it, because nothing gets lost.

As Tigger says, Ta-ta For Now!

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Disney World October 2015 Trip Report Part 11: Final Thoughts

Oh, boy.  This is it. IT.  There’s nothing else to do as far as post-trip activities than finish this last post.  Everything else is done:

  • unpack the suitcases
  • find places in the house/closet/fridge for new souvenirs
  • reconcile the budget/accounts with the trip receipts (My estimate was off by $8, guys.  $8!!!  I pegged it almost exactly.  This gave me an unreasonable amount of pride)
  • have everyone complete my “Post-Disney Trip” questionnaire, the last Trip Tradition.  Just 4 questions: what was your favorite part of the pre-trip preparations, name your 3 favorite rides/attractions from this trip, describe the funniest thing that happened on the trip haha I think we all know what that was: Pool-tastrophe 2015, and your opinion on the new things that you tried on this trip)
  • sort through the PhotoPass pictures, organize and name
  • sort through the personal pictures (from my iPod Touch that I used as my main camera, my phone, my husband’s iPod Touch/camera, his phone, my daughter’s phone, and her videocamera), organize and name
  • print said pictures
  • fill 2015 albums with said pictures, and stick an envelope in back of the photo albums with flat souvenirs like our MNSSHP bracelets, and the resort maps with our room locations circled on them
  • force the family to look at the pretty albums
  • suffer from Post-Disney depression.. sniffle.
  • do the Trip Report!

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