Just how do you handle the onslaught of paperwork that comes through your door on a daily basis? Most of us hear the word "paperwork" and think of "work".
Well, it doesn't have to be that way! Trust me!
By creating a "Communication Station" in your home, you will be able to create a zone where all the daily paperwork can gather and have a home while it is active. The keyword here is "Active". This is not a place for old paperwork to gather and accumulate. There are other solutions for that.
The "Communication Station" is intended for kids' permission slips, bills, incoming and outgoing messages, mail and any communication among family members.
There are key pieces to have in place to make this area function as it should.
First, it needs to be in a convenient location in the home (like a kitchen or mudroom).
Second, use either stackable letter trays or wall mounted magazine racks for each member of the family to have their own slot for his or her papers.
Third, a large wall calendar that is color coded for each family member provides a clear view of the schedule for each person. Use it to jot down events that involve multiple family members (such as appointments that require a driver, etc.)
Fourth, a bulletin board (be creative with it if you wish) and use it for flyers, invites, etc. This will provide a clear view of the details for upcoming events or RSVP deadlines. You can add an envelope tacked to the bulletin board to stash coupons, gift certificates or other money-savers you might need to grab on the way out the door. (Be sure to clear the board on a regular basis to avoid clutter build-up.)
Keep a cup or pencil holder on the flat surface in this area for the various colored markers you are using for the calendar. Keep a note pad and pen as well as some post-it notes in this area as well.
Keep a trash can or recycling bin and paper shredder in this area to eliminate the "Junk".
Use letter trays to sort your mail DAILY into various categories for various purposes. Each piece of mail should have a purpose or it is trash!
By utilizing these tips, you can create your own "Communication Station" and eliminate the chaos of paperwork strewn throughout your home. You can have A Better Space.
If you are overwhelmed with the concept of getting organized, whether it be paper or any other type of clutter, let me know. I am more than happy to help.
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In the meantime, have a great and organized week!