Author Archives: Laura Bray

Organizing Paperwork in Your Home

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I think one of the biggest struggles in our home is to harness the constant flood of paperwork that comes into our house. Between mail and schoolwork, it feels like a constant battle. Especially for a neat freak like me! I hate clutter. And I especially don't like piles of paper on my counters and the dinner table. I love to cook and love to sit down to a nice, family dinner. The last thing I want to do is dig my way through flyers to be able to do those things!

I finally found a system that works for my family. I purchased a wicker, pocket organizer with four pockets. Now, whenever a piece of paper comes into the house, it goes into the organizer as follows:

  • Top pocket: The inbox! This holds all the mail and incoming paperwork my husband needs to see.

Pocket Two: My husband's place to store paperwork. He typically checks the inbox each night, and then files whatever he needs to adress later in this pocket. Having an inbox and "file" pocket works because then he won't have to sift through his box every day to try to find anything new I might have put in there. Besides mail, I also put notes, "honey-do" lists, and phone messages into the inbox for him. My daughter slides in tests and schoolwork she wants him to see.

Pocket Three: Mine. I go through paperwork and mail as soon as I get it. If something needs to be addressed within the week, I keep in my pocket. I also keep invitations and other paperwork I will need to look at in the near future. Once a week, I sift through my pocket and take action on whatever needs to be addressed.

Organizing Paperwork:: LauraBrayDesigns.com

Pocket Four: My daughter's. She keeps school assignments and invitations in her pocket. She & I go through her pocket on a weekly basis and clean it up.

That's it. No more paperwork pile ups. If some leaves a paper out, I know exactly where to put it and everyone knows where it is. I'm not going to lie, the pockets can get full and messy, but I'm just happy there aren't papers everywhere and I only have to look in one place when I am looking for important paperwork.

I'd love to hear how you deal with paperwork in your home! Leave a message in the comments.

By the way, I used Smoothfoam letters to identify my pockets. You can get the tutorial to make some for your organizational needs here.

Creating a Meal Planning Process

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I have some exciting news! I'm offering a new ecourse. One of my goals for 2015 is to write lifestyle ebooks and ecourses that will help creative and busy women (like you!) get a bit more organized. Now you probably hear "organized" and think Martha Stewart. Which is scary because who has time to beContinue Reading

Inspiration & Learning

Artist Inspiration at Library: Laura Bray Designs

I've written about how important it is for me to find organic inspiration in a world where are constantly bombarded by other people's ideas and images. One of the ways that I have recently learned to find some inspiration is to go to my library and do research before I begin a project. I feelContinue Reading

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Snail Pattern by Laura Bray Designs

This weekend, I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp. It's an intense, two day, online course that teaches you how to make patterns using Photoshop & Illustrator. I have to admit, I have only completed about 3/4 of the first day. The weekend is hard as my family is home, but more than that, I wasContinue Reading

Sweet Valentine Box

Valentine Box by Laura Bray Designs

Is there anything more fun than Valentine's Day parties in elementary school? There's so little pressure when you're 9. I mean sure, you hope the boy you have a crush on writes something special on your valentine but if he doesn't it's not like you have to crawl into bed with a bottle of vodkaContinue Reading

What I’m reading

I haven't shared my reading list awhile. Each month, I try to read one book of fiction, one non-fiction, and one children's classic. Here's what I read in January: This is the story of a strong-willed woman who wants to travel the world with her husband, a captain of merchant ship, but when she getsContinue Reading

Family Adventures: Getty Museum

Tips for Families Going to The Getty Museum

My family is dedicated to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. These are field notes about our adventures. On ourContinue Reading

DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts

DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts: LauraBrayDesigns.com

  Last weekend, my daughter was a little emotional. She usually gets that way when I've been working a lot. The best way to reconnect with her is a little crafting time, so I broke out my new Mod Podge Melts goodies and we spent a good two hours, holed up in the studio, makingContinue Reading

Creative Business: Crowding-Out Social Media

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January is almost over. How are your resolutions going? I have to admit, mine have been a bit of struggle. One of my main resolutions was to stop wasting time on social media. While I think social media has its place in a marketing plan, I also think it’s all too easy to get distractedContinue Reading

Sweetheart Pillow

Painted heart pillow by Laura Bray

I think the easiest way to update your home decor is by changing out your throw pillows. If you use pillow covers, it's easy to store and switch them out. Today, I'm showing you how to create a sweet, heart pillow just in time for Valentine's Day! Supplies to make a Sweetheart Pillow Tulip(R) PillowContinue Reading