Organizing | Controlling Your Paper Chaos | Families
Recently a friend told me that her mail and school papers had gotten out of control. She asked for suggestions to help her get control again. My suggestion to her was to create a command center.
Set up your command center in a centralized location such as your kitchen. You will need four basic things:
- a basket or bin to act as a temporary holding spot for mail and papers
- an action file
- a trash can, and
Many people also add a family calendar to their command center to help keep everything one track.
As soon as you come in from the mailbox or as kids come home from school, do a quick paper sort. If you absolutely can’t, put the mail in the temporary holding spot, but plan a time to deal with it SOON and do this daily. Be sure to involve kids particularly in opening the mail. They can open envelopes for you to go through the rest of the papers. Any junk mail goes in directly into the trash/recycling bin or the shredder immediately.
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Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA. She is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to organizing their homes and simplifying their lives. From piles of old photos to files of digital pictures, bedrooms to playrooms, home offices to kitchens, no project is too large or too small to tackle. Working with clients from busy moms to busy executives, Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! Andi is a proud member of National Association of Professional Organizers, Institute for Chronic Disorganization, Association of Personal Photo Organizers and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.