Hey there and Happy Thursday! Have your kids gone back to school yet? Ours started last week and so I'm in full-on "let's-be-more-organized-I-wanna-run-a-tight-ship-we need to-be-a-well-oiled-machine" mode. Do you know that mode? Oh, my husband just loves it when I get this way. Ha.
So paper. Do you feel like it will bury you? It astounds me how much paper shuffling I do every week, and never more so than at the beginning of the school year. So I'm coming at ya today with some ideas for getting out from under it and then staying on top of it. Here are some of my best practices for dealing with paper:
- Don't let junk mail reach the front step. I throw it in the recycling bin before I even come inside the house from getting the mail.
- Immediately file bills and other items needing attention within the next week or so in a "Needs Attention" folder.
- Have kids give me permission slips, book order forms, etc. upon coming home. I give them a snack and fill out all of the forms and put them back in their backpacks while they're eating and chatting. Done.
- Birthday invitations get stuck on the fridge.
- Receipts are recorded then tossed. The ones I may need in order to return something get paperclipped to my "Needs Attention" folder.
- Homework papers get tossed, except for the art or writing projects that will make fun keepsakes. I keep the best work in a separate folder to be filed in a dedicated box at the end of the school year.
What tips do you have for organizing paper? Please share! In the meantime, feast your eyes on these ideas for how to file in style and calm all kinds of paper clutter.
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