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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.

 

Cut Down On Your Paper Clutter

Cut Down On Your Paper Clutter

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.*

Organizing: Planning for Change

Organizing: Planning for Change

Just the other day I met with a new client who has a large bonus room. When she moved into the home 4 years ago, this was where all the extra boxes were put. She’s finally ready to clear out the space but when I asked her what how she wanted the room to function after the decluttering, she looked puzzled. “I hadn’t really thought that far,” she replied.

If you want to declutter, organize or redecorate a space in your home, you need to have a plan. Just saying you want to get organized or give a room a new look is not enough. Would you take a cross country trip with out an itinerary and some carefully plotted waypoints on Google Maps? Would you tackle an Ikea bookcase without the instructions? Some rebels and free spirits may give a resounding “Yes!” but most of us would answer no.

So if you want to make a change, take a little time to consider where you want to end up. This will help guide you in deciding how to get there. Have map, will make progress!