One of my resolutions this year is to get organized. As you can imagine, life with a toddler can get hectic and lead to some disorganization. There are many times when I can’t find what I am looking for, and at other times I don’t know where to put things, so I end up with a big pile of stuff on the table. But when I think about everything I want to get organized, the task quickly becomes overwhelming.
To make the job seem more manageable, I broke it down into categories. The first area I decided to focus on was the paper that clogs the countertops: mailers, coupons, and my little ones’ art projects. I found some really great tips for how to organize paper clutter, and I want to share them with you!
Create an emergency binder: This is a simple but effective way to store all of your important documents such as passports, birth certificates and social security cards. All you need is a 3-inch binder, some sheet protectors and your documents. This way, if something happens and you ever need these documents in a hurry, you know right where they are and don’t have to waste precious time sifting through piles of paper.
Keep the art on file: If you are like me, your kids bring home a lot of art projects. Rather than just throwing them in a pile, I found a way to keep them nice and organized. All you need is a portable file box for each child, hanging file folders, and labels. Label each folder according to the school year and place the items in the corresponding year’s folder. It’s as simple as that!
Create a family command center: Having one central place where the family can look for items makes life so much easier. It also lets me keep my coupons, mail and keys in easy grabbing range when I’m heading out the door! The whole family can always find what they need for school or work and know what is going on. Here are a few cute command center ideas: Family Command Center Ideas
Mail, Managed: If a command center isn’t your style you can still get organized when it comes to your mail. One way is to use a magazine rack with some file folders as a mail sorting station. You could easily make it fit your room décor. Check out some ideas here: Magazine Rack
It felt good to get everything in its proper place and has encouraged me to continue my quest for an organized house. I think I will try and tackle the kitchen next. I’d love to see your organization tricks. Send them to me at Val@rivervalleycu.org