Monday, October 25, 2010

Project: Organize incoming paperwork

I have a small space in my kitchen that acts as a catch-all for mail, paperwork and kid's stuff. It is always piled within a few days of cleaning it up so I used an idea I saw to help sort and contain the incoming paperwork.
Here is what it looked like before:

Messy. I  know you don't have to tell me. So here is what I did. I took one of those magazine organizers, some decorative cardstock and some letter stamps to make a paperwork organizer. Of course this is just to handle the papers that need to be dealt with as I sort them each day.

I decided on four categories. To do, bills, kids and file. So things I need to deal with, bills I need to pay or file with my monthly bills, paperwork that needs to be dealt with for the kids and lastly paperwork that needs to be filed away for long term. I stamped away and for those that are crafty, I admit that I am not.

I cut the cardstock to fit and filed away my paperwork and now I have this:

Much improved. So today when I needed to turn in a fundraiser for one of the kids, bam there it was in the kids section and when I needed to call our insurance company with a question, there was the paperwork right there neatly in the to do section. Now I want to give credit to Northern Cheapskate for the idea as I saw this on her blog many months ago but never got around to doing it. I am pleased with the outcome.
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4 comments:

The Painted Garden said...

Hi,

Thank you for sharing - great idea as well as very attractive.
Have a lovely day.
Blessings,
Erin

anne said...

Love this idea. I have used something similar, but not so cute. Sometimes I am convinced there are too many papers in this world! Thanks for stopping by my blog creativesouthernhome.blogspot. It is always fun to meet new friends. I have enjoyed looking around your place too!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I think I need this. No, I know I need this! Okay, I'm coming up on a four day weekend and this project will be a MUST DO! I would be so embarrassed to show anyone our mail table. What a disaster!

Fiona @findingfifth said...

What a huge difference something so simple can make to reduce clutter and keep track of papers. Well done. I also have to say I like your funky red rotary telephone.

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