Our 1940’s bungalow has zero storage. The result: All the paperwork that enters our home during the week ends up in various places in the kitchen (despite me trying to keep it in one neat place)… on the kitchen table, the island, the hutch.
This means that when we’re looking for that water bill or the school trip form we can’t find anything!
Eventually I would love to go completely paperless. I found an e-book called The Paperless Home from Just a Girl and Her Blog. Saving trees while decluttering your home is good thing, but until I get around to doing this I have a simple solution to organizing paperwork that comes into our home every week..
OUR FAMILY INBOX. The idea of the family inbox is to only keep ‘active items’. In other words tasks you need to keep on hand now or to-do items you need to complete in the next week or so. Once you have payed a bill go ahead and shred or file. You don’t want your family inbox to be another place that all the paperwork piles up 🙂
I keep our family inbox handy so we can add to it or complete a task quickly without having to search our home.
Get Started Organizing paperwork.
STEP 1. GATHER
To start organizing paperwork, you need to go through ALL of it. Get every last bit of paper clutter and put it in one place. Here’s my clutter (I actually had a lot more of it than this, but I shredded and filed a lot of it first).
STEP 2. CATEGORIZE
Once you have everything in one place it’s easy to see what categories you need to create. For example:
- Bills to pay
- Health care expenses to submit
- To Do’s
- School Forms
- To be shredded
- To be filed
I also added thank you cards, stamps, won lottery tickets and recent invites (i.e. a wedding invitation).
STEP 3. LABEL
Super easy. Just purchase some page dividers and create your category labels for each section.
STEP 4. MAKE IT PERSONAL
I added in a weekly family to-do list, so we all know where we’re going and when. There are SO many beautiful free printable templates you can find online with everything from to-do lists, calendars, journals, etc. I downloaded this weekly planner template from elizaellis.blogspot.ca Here’s a close up of her gorgeous work…
To make your family inbox personal, have a look around. You might want to add a to-do list, chores list or grocery list. It’s up to you.
STEP 5. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Here’s what you’ll need:
You may think you don’t need a 3 hole punch in your house, but since I picked one up I’ve used it for everything from holiday crafts, to school projects and now this project.
Above I have included recipes from magazines in the ‘other’ section. Yes, I have heard of Pinterest! In fact I’ve been a heavy user for years and have a few accounts:) Feel free to follow me to get the latest from my PutTheKettleOn.ca blog.
That’s it! What I like is that I have a TO-DO category for myself and my hubby. Therefore I won’t have to keep reminding him of his to-do’s, I just point to the book!
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DON’T FORGET IT! PIN IT…