Anyway, I finally decided to take control of the building paperwork craziness and started a construction binder. It's been a lifesaver and I actually wish I'd started the thing about four months before I did. No more wondering if I have the most recent floor plans or digging through piles for the receipt I need to return a broken light fixture. Such a nice feeling.
I'm a big fan of using sheet protectors for most of my documents because it just keeps everything protected. Plus, I can slide papers in without needing to find my hole punch. For my checklists, notes, drawings and other things that I actually write on, I do tend to use the 3-hole punch. The only downside to sheet protectors are that normal sized dividers (like these by Avery) can get 'lost' in the binder because the sheet proectors stick out farther than a normal, hole-punched piece of paper. It's all about personal preference.
And, because I couldn't put together an organizational binder without making it pretty, I created a set of dividers, worksheets, checklists and other helpful tools. The best part? You can use them to make your own binder pretty, too! At my Hubby's encouragement, they're now available for purchase through Etsy.
If you're interested, you can check out the details here, on the lot23home shop.
And the second best part? I've decided to give away a set of printables! Just comment on this post with your name and e-mail address and I'll pick one winner (using a random number generator) on Monday, March 25. All entries should be submitted by Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 pm CST. If the chosen winner does not acknowledge my e-mail, another winner will be selected one week later (April 1).
The worksheets would also be helpful for home remodeling projects or even planning for a future building project. If you're interested, but would prefer the cover sheet say something other than 'construction', just send me a note! The Etsy site also helps you get an idea of the different categories I used to divide my binder.
I've also used Excel and Pinterest to help myself stay organized. All of my financial worksheets are in Excel. It's easier for me to update an electronic worksheet when comparing loans, updating interest rates or even keeping track of change orders. Plus, I'm a total Excel nerd. Spreadsheets make me happy.
Pinterest (see my house boards here and here) has been awesome when we've been scouring websites, debating light fixtures, selecting faucets or even just saving things we'd like to purchase later. It's also been a great place to save links to the selections we've made, so that I can access them anywhere via the Pinterest app on my phone, and not just when I'm not lugging my binder around.
Now, I'd love to know what other house building organizational ideas you have, as well as any tips to help me conquer my mail problem. And don't forget to enter the giveaway - remember, it ends on Sunday and the winner will be announced Monday. Good luck!