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Paper Purge: Toss Your Phone Books

Paper Purge: Toss Your Phone Books

Be honest how often do you use the traditional phone book and yet you keep the 6 that seem to show up on your doorstep every year. Most people are more likely to pull out their smart phone to look up a phone number than the yellow pages.  

 

Getting Control of Your Kids' Papers: What Else?

Getting Control of Your Kids' Papers: What Else?

What else can you do with your kids’ special art work? How about scanning it and turning it into special gifts like a coffee mug for Grandma or a mouse pad for Dad? Take those scans and turn them into a digital photo album. Frame it and put it on the wall for everyone to enjoy.

 

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Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Long Term Storage

Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Long Term Storage

Once you’ve decide which of your children’s papers you are going to save, you need a storage solution. Some people keep a small bin under the bed or in the hall closet and slip in papers during the year. That’s fine, just be sure to look through it once or twice a year and see if you can purge a few things. For a longer term solution, you can use a bin or file box. Have a hanging folder for each year of school and keep your paper gems there. Add in a box for 3D mementos and you have a great system.

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Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Make Rules

Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Make Rules

Some of us get overwhelmed by the amount of papers our kids bring home from school, especially when that first child enters school. You do NOT need to keep every piece of paper that comes home from school in perpetuity. Make rules for yourself on what you will save. Here are some examples:

 

1) Information - the school menu and newsletter, class roster - Keep for just as long as it is relevant, then toss it.

 

Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Landing Zone

Getting Your Kids' Papers Under Control: Landing Zone

Have a landing place for your kids' book bags and papers. A hook and an envelope or a bin can be a simple solution. Work with your kids to remember that this is where their book bags lives once homework is done and you’ll have to train them to put their papers and agendas in the bin. Teaching them responsibility for their belongings at an early age (and later ones too!) will be a great service to your children. You can even work their kids storage area into your family command center

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Cut Down on The Junk Mail

Cut Down on The Junk Mail

 One kind of clutter that we all have is paper. It constantly flows into the house from the mail, flyers you pick up at a fair, papers from school and work papers that have migrated home.

 

Wouldn’t you like to figure out a way to cut back on the amount of paper that you get on a daily basis? I know I would.  Here are a few thing you can do to reduce the amount of junk mail that you receive.*

 

Create a Command Center to get control of your paper

Create a Command Center to get control of your paper

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One great way to get control over your mail and incoming papers like the kids’ school papers is to make a command center. That may sound like a daunting task but by gathering a few supplies you can easily set up your own system.