Everyone’s kitchen counter looks a little different, but for most of us, you can be assured, there are paper piles. The paper piles seem to reach a crescendo as all our children out grow those cozy feety pajamas and trade them in for soccer cleats and ballet shoes.
One of Mama’s biggest jobs is to master the art of… coordinating family schedules, filing out school & medical forms, paying the bills, managing homework & school projects, handling the daily mail, couponing, sending birthday cards, mailing gifts… the list goes on and on.
Thus, Mama has piles. Last summer I spent weeks analyzing my paper piles and their ebb and flow. Using the Sophisticated File Tote and 10 files, you too can have a paperless kitchen counter.
- Sunday Folder: Sunday is the one day I use to plan my next week. For you it may be Monday, or Friday, or you might not have a day. You need a day! For me it’s Sunday.
Any paper that that touches your hands and does not have to be done before next Sunday gets put in the Sunday folder. This allows you to put current projects I you are working on aside for one week, but not lose the project! Everything is accessible if you needed it.
The key to the Sunday Folder is that you have to go through everything in that folder EVERY Sunday!
Now take a look at the piles you have left.
- You may want a file for each day of the week or each child – it depends how you think.
- One file for all school schedules, lunch menus and sports rosters works well.
- A bill file is a must.
- If you coupon, a coupon file is great. You can store your circulars, coupons to be cut and any coupons that come in the mail throughout the week until you are ready to cut your coupons and make your list.
- A file for things to be filed is handy. At the end of the month I empty this file out and put all the papers in their appropriate places.
- Items to read and catalogs to look at have a file. When this file starts to take over, it’s time to purge.
I LOVE my Sophisticated File Tote, because it can go with me to the doctor or sports practice. I keep a calculator, post-it notes a few pens and stamps in the built in pockets to keep this Mama on the Move productive!
For more paper organization help, check out my eBook 10 Steps to Organized Paper