Do you ever wish you were more organized? I sure do. Sometimes I have to be content with organizing the big things and that’s where this Organizer Printables set – that you can make reusable with dry or wet erase markers – is going to come in handy!
We are working on our third week of school here and the routine is finally starting to iron out a bit. But, it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
I need a good system. And, with any good system, comes some great organizers.
One thing I want in my organizers is that I can re-use them. I don’t want to waste that much paper and re-using the organizers lets me develop a system that works for me through trial and error.
I couldn’t find exactly the organizer printables I was looking for, so I made some. And, it’s super easy to make them reusable with this easy Dry Erase Organizer Printables Set and tutorial! Ready? Let’s do this!
DIY DRY ERASE ORGANIZER PRINTABLES
– Thermal Laminator (This is the one I use)
– Thermal Pouches Letter Size (these are my preferred pouches)
– Printable Organizer Set (free download!)
– Dry Erase or Wet Erase Markers (I like these wet erase ones – the writing lasts better)
– Pen or Fine Tip Sharpie
– Download and print out the Organizer Printables Pack. Click the link, download and save the file to your computer and then print out the pages. You can use them all or just pick and choose which pages you think will work best for you because I want these to be helpful for you. The pages are formatted to 8.5×11″ and the file is in PDF format.
– Turn on your Thermal Laminator and let it warm up completely. The little ready light will turn blue when you’re ready to go. Make sure the laminator is ready before you try to use it; you’ll get the best results that way.
– While the laminator warms up, put each organizer printables page into a thermal pouch. Pull the two layers of the pouch apart – one side of the pouch is sealed. Lay the page on one side of the pouch and fold the pouch back over.
– When the laminator is ready and your page is positioned in the pouch, line up the pouch on the paper tray of the laminator. In complete honesty: I loved everything about this laminator, except the paper tray. It has a fabulous fold up design, but because of that it is not very sturdy. I never had the tray collapse or anything, but it was pretty flimsy. But the cord wrapped away into the bottom of the machine and that almost made up for the unimpressive paper tray. And it had zero effect on the outcome of the pages.
– Gently slide the page into the machine until it starts to pull it through. Let go and the machine will pull it through.
– When the page completely comes out the other side, lay it down on a flat surface until it cools to prevent any curling or weird wrinkles.
– Use the dry or wet erase markers to fill out the organizer printables. I prefer the wet erase markers because they don’t wipe off as easily and my kids think it’s hilarious to wipe off my planners. The wet erase markers give me a slightly better chance of keeping all my info intact.
– Use your DIY Dry Erase Organizer Printables. I don’t actually keep all the organizers on my fridge, but I wanted to show them to you all at once. The menu planner and shopping list are my absolute favorite; the calendar and weekly planner pages are close seconds.
TIPS FOR USING YOUR ORGANIZER PRINTABLES
There are some pages that you may want to keep the information on and not have them be reusable. The important dates or important people pages, for example. I keep the important dates page next to our calendar to help keep me inline and not forget anything.
Use the important people pages as it fits your needs best. I have one page that has a list of important phone numbers on it. We keep it in a special drawer. I filled it out and then laminated it. It is not reusable because the info on here doesn’t change. My boys know where it is and know, if they have an emergency and there is not an adult that can help, that page will give them phone numbers to call. I also keep one that IS reusable as a baby-sitter reference, because I haven’t designed a baby-sitter reference page since my family is usually our sitter.