Do you have paper clutter taking over your home? We had a paper problem in my home until I found our solution. This is one of my favorite organizing tools in my home. It has helped me stayed organized with the constant inflow of paper into our home.
With 4 kids and 2 adults, we have a lot coming in and out! Take a look...
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I had my eye on this file box for quite some time. I knew which one I wanted and exactly what I wanted it for... to cut out the paper clutter! I opted for one that is a little pricier -for me at least- because I knew this would be sitting on my counter every day and did not want it to be an eye sore (and it was my birthday present to me.)
The purpose of this is to be an “active” file box. It is not for long-term or historical papers (401k statements or birth certificates.) This is a home to store papers I regularly need access to (school calendars, receipts, coupons.)
I have 9 folders in mine. It could hold quite a bit more but I have not seen the need to add any at this point. I had this in a previous post and have had several questions about it so I decided to do a whole post on it. I will put the direct links at the bottom to The Container Store where I purchased it.
The first folder is To Do.
This is not my every day to-do list. I have a fabulous planner for that (that is for another blog post.) This is for all those things around the house that need to get done. The big things that need to be fixed, upgraded, or worked on (the honey-do list that keeps swarming around in my head.) I have it here and in the front, so my loving husband has easy access to it.
My next 4 are one for each child. In it I have their schedules, school and teacher information, etc. Basically all that stuff you come home with after registration and you don’t know what in the world to do with all of it... I put it here. Last years goes out (either to the trash or to their folder in the long term filing cabinet) and the new comes in.
I have a lot of my recipes saved on Pinterest but there are a few I have had for years that are on paper with notes because, yes, I’m a nerd. Having them in this box in the kitchen makes it so easy for me to grab.
My favorite is from my 98-year-old great aunt in her handwriting. This is precious to me. Even when I am not fixing these sweet potatoes I will come across it flipping to find something and it warms my heart!
The To File folder is one of the main reasons I started this system.
I would open the mail and in an instant, there would be a stack of papers needing to go directly into the long-term file cabinet… which in a perfect world would be right then… right??
Wrong! It would get there eventually but the clutter on the counter until that time happened was driving me nuts.
I now put it into this folder and once a month I go through and file it in my long term filing cabinet where it belongs. The purpose of this is to do it regularly or it will get out of hand and the beautiful box will not serve its purpose. As a bonus, you have a clean and clear counter space which, as always, is my favorite!
Do you buy something and save the receipt in case you need to return something, yet can’t find that pesky little piece of paper when the time comes? Here is your solution!
Just like the previous File folder, throw your receipts in here as a temporary home. Once a month go through the folder and throw out the ones you no longer need.
I’m really not a couponer so this system works for me but I do keep a few. Before this system I did not have a set place for these so the coupons were in drawers here there and everywhere. I can’t stand them scattered everywhere or on the refrigerator so they go in here until I need them.
The categories in this box works for me. Your folders may look different with different titles but the concept is the same... Eliminate The Clutter!
This is the very best system I have found to deal with paper clutter in my home. Just think of all the paper that comes into your home (mail, school paper, magazines, and receipts to name a few.) Do you have a system to deal with all of it?
The key is to make a system that fits your lifestyle and to go through it regularly. Here are the links to The Container Store for the box itself, the hanging file folders, and the interior file folders. You can find cheaper ones like these on Amazon. The choice is your preference.
How do you deal with your incoming papers?