With three kids, two who are in school, and being a work at home mom, our house can get crazy with STUFF. Papers, boxes, more papers, mail, and did I mention papers? Just about every day they come home with MORE paperwork.
I have a little corner office, that’s downstairs in our house. However, since we moved, I haven’t had a chance to really clean it up and organize it. Plus, my husband keeps his desk in our living room, and that’s where I usually blog on my laptop, and where all the papers end up.
Every single day it’s, “Honey, can you please get all these papers off my desk.”
Yes, yes…I’ve been bad about keeping too much stuff. First step in keeping your household organized?
Don’t Keep What You Don’t Need
I promise you, you don’t need to keep everything that comes into the house. There are a few different ways to do this.
Recycle – if it doesn’t have any private info on it, just toss it in the recycle bin, period. If it’s something your kid drew, colored, or made, consider taking a photo of it first and making a photo book of their art, or putting it online (like FB or your blog). Then toss it! Obviously there’s some you will want to hold on to.
Use a Shredder – for those papers that have any sort of private into on it, or even things like expired credit cards. There’s too many thieves and criminals out there to take a chance on just recycling papers that contain personal info. That’s when a shredder comes in handy.
Organize What You Do Keep
For the papers and etc. you do need to keep, use one of these methods.
A file cabinet is your friend – it can store all those important documents neatly. Making things easily accessible to find.
Have a specific wall for artwork – if you love to show off your kids’ artwork, create a space just for it. Then rotate what comes into the house.
Scan it and keep it on your computer – for those documents and papers that you want to keep the info on, but don’t necessarily need to have it in the house. You can buy a printer with a scanner and scan those documents to keep on your computer or on a USB.
Another key tip for NOT getting behind on keeping the house organized is setting aside the last day of the month to go through documents and papers that are in the house and deciding if you need to still keep them, or if you can shred or recycle them.
Plus, I keep our Fellowes 63Cb Shredder right next to the desk, so when new documents and papers come into the house, I can get rid of them quickly.
The stylish 63Cb shredder is perfect for do-it-all moms because it features innovative technologies that help them get the job done and back to the things they’d rather be doing – like playing with the kids or watching a great new show with the hubby.
These features include:
- SafeSense technology that automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening (perfect for curious fingers and paws).
- Fellowes’ Jam Blocker technology that prevents overfeeding and stops jams in their tracks, making sure moms can get the job done without any interruptions.
- A proprietary Energy Savings System, which functions whether the machine is in use or not.
- An easy-to-use pull out bin and 8 minute run time, which is longer than most shredders in its range, meaning moms can get through jobs quickly.
- The shredder’s Cross-Cut blades destroy a single sheet of paper into 302 particles and easily shred credit cards, paper clips and staples, preventing extra work! F
You can purchase the Fellowes 63Cb Shredder at Amazon, Office Depot, and OfficeMax for $149.99. Check out Fellowes.com for more info.