Get Organized: Gas Mileage & Maintenance Schedule

Am I the only one who neurotically keeps track of gas mileage?
That would be the tattered-up notebook that I keep in my car to record gas mileage, total gallons, cost of gas, total cost of gas purchased, etc.. Every time I fill up my tank I record the info in this logbook. It’s interesting to track the gas prices–in August of 2009, when I first got my car, gas was at a low $2.51 per gallon… When I filled up my tank yesterday, it was $3.45 a gallon. Sheesh!

This record-keeping obsession has now made it’s way into my vehicle’s maintenance. Just the other day I was actually reading my vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out what kind of maintenance schedule it should be on. (Does anyway actually read the manuals anymore?) I was surprised to find out that my vehicle should have a myriad of inspections and maintenance things done relatively frequently. Up until reading my manual, all I concerned myself with was getting the oil changed and having my hubby and father check out my vehicle anytime it made a funny noise. Now I’m obsessed with changing the AWD power transfer unit fluid every 21,000 miles, flushing the coolant every 100,000 miles, and changing the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 120,000 miles… just to name a few.

Creating a maintenance schedule for my car is work, but I’d like to think it will pay off in the future–preventative maintenance, people!  I realize that I could just copy and paste the maintenance schedule from the owner’s manual, but I wanted to tailor my maintenance schedule and make it look how I want it to look… it’s an aesthetic thing.


Get Organized: Tote Marker

I’m sure I am not the only one who doesn’t like using permanent marker on storage totes that get used for different reasons every year. Also, I’m not the only one who doesn’t enjoy looking into every unmarked storage tote in the basement just to find out what is kept in each one!
Enter my $1.97 solution…
I used my temporary tote marker to mark my son’s 18 month – 4T size clothing.
I also used it to mark each one of my laundry baskets in the basement, to help my hubby with sorting the correct pieces of clothing for each batch of wash.
What else could I use this handy-dandy marker for?!