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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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

After the Show: Recovering from Big, Life Events

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   Have you ever felt a huge let-down after a big event? I just returned from the annual Craft & Hobby trade show and am feeling exhausted and a little blue. I realized that I feel like this every year. In fact, a few years ago, I went into a relatively deep depression after theContinue Reading

Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

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It's that time of year again! Everyone is counting down the "Most or Best or Whatever" of 2014. And I'm joining in. Here are my five most visited blog posts in 2014. 5. Baked Donuts-This post has been a favorite for years! And my Pintest Board of donut recipes is always a favorite too.  4.Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Deer Snowglobe by Laura Bray Designs

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday! From my family to yours.

Merry Making

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I am absorbing as much magic as I can this holiday season. Appreciating the little moments. So if I'm not here as often, I hope you will understand. My little girl is transforming into a big girl before my eyes. At only nine, I know she still has a lot of childhood left but theContinue Reading