I was on vacation from work for two weeks during Christmastime. I used that time of to de-clutter and organize my house. My husband and I went through tons of plastic tubs in our garage, and tossed a ton of stuff. On one of the last days of my vacation, I organized our file cabinet. I had a ton of paperwork that I no longer needed. Let’s just say that the shredder was my friend.
I’m usually pretty good about tossing things, but I have a pile problem. I like to leave little piles of paperwork, mail, and magazines throughout my tiny house. It drives my husband crazy, but he does the same thing.
I’m participating in Week 2 of Simple Mom’s Project: Simplify. This weeks challenge is paper clutter. I noticed that there were several little piles of paperwork scattered throughout our house this week. Of course, I was totally lazy and waited to clean up the piles. I’ve been busy this week, so I worked on this task today. I ran around and took these pictures tonight, so it was quite dark inside. Forgive me for my poorly lit photographs.
This is what our kitchen counter looks like most days. My husband checks the mail and places it here on the counter. It is my task to go through all of it. I’ve been walking past it since 10am. Really, do I want to check out more bills?
Our dining room table is also the catch-all for many random things. I see kindergarten homework, art projects, Legos, old clothes belonging to Angry Kid, iPhone chargers, a camera, and my camera bag. It tends to stack up. This is probably two days worth of stuff.
Angry Kid has his own art/craft table in our office. It is a lovely table from Pottery Barn Kids. Kids are rough on furniture and we got it discounted because it was scratched and dented. It was an excellent deal. I think the chairs are in the garage. Angry Husband’s computer is out there, and Angry Kid tends to play on that computer. But all of the paperwork, well it is not crafts and most of it belongs to the adults in this household.
Our desk is pretty clean and free of paper clutter. Because all of the clutter is on Angry Kid’s table. I found a random Nerf Gun printout and Down East catalog on the desk. Angry Husband’s and my laptops are also on the desk. There is also a desktop computer. We have “computer” issues.
TIME TO CLEAN, and ORGANIZE THIS PAPER CLUTTER!
Paper clutter is pretty easy to organize. There are only a few things that you can do with it.
1. Toss the paper into the trash or recycle bin.
2. Shred the paper.
3. File the paper.
Almost all of the mail in the pile was useless. I placed the Netflix video on Angry Husband’s desk, and the MacLife magazine went on my nightstand. I’m a Mac addict. Look how shiny and pretty the counter is now.
I put everything away in the cabinets, closets, and dressers that they belong in. I went through all of the kindergarten artwork and homework. The artwork ended up on the bulletin board in our office, and the homework needs to be turned in. This actually looks like a table that you can eat on now.
Angry Kid really loves paint. Can’t you tell? I think he went on an unsupervised painting spree while daddy was on duty. The paper clutter is all gone. I just need to remove all of the paint that is everywhere (rug on floor included). My awesome Lazy Susan Craft Caddy is on this table. I need to do a tutorial for this. It is EASY.
The bin that is on this desk was full of random paperwork on Angry Kid’s craft table previously. This is actually the spot where it goes. I organized the random computer cables also.
I feel so much better that I tamed all of this paper clutter. I’ve really cut down on the excess paper. I get most of our bills electronically, and rarely print those out. I only save a few of Angry Kid’s art projects and leave them up on the bulletin board for about a month.
Like I said before, the shredder is my friend. We have a good long lasting relationship. Just don’t ask me about all of those baby pictures that I shredded a few years ago.