Once the mail comes into the house, its VERY important to have a system in place. You need to be able to go through it and organize it right away.
Today we are going to concentrate on the area where we put our mail. I’m sure a lot of you would like for this area to be under control. I want to share what I have found that works perfect for my house, and I call it the “Mobile Command Center”. You do not have to make one of these, as long as you create a system that works well for you. There are a TON of systems that will help you get control of your mail. If you don’t already have a mail station, now is the perfect time to create one.
Different systems that may work…
“GET CONTROL OF YOUR MAIL”
*Make sure to categorize and place some kind of organizer in the area, so that when you go through your mail, it has a home. You can use mail sorters, stackable trays, etc… whatever works for you. Go through EVERY peice of mail you have stacked… and purge whats not necessary to keep.
Our goal is to go from this…
The mobile command center is what I created, and it may work well for you too! I want to see all of your “before” pictures of your paper piles!!! We need to see where we were in order to learn & move on to create a better system. Good luck!!
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MY CHALLENGE PICTURES…
To help alleviate paper clutter and pile ups, I created a command center for our home.
It has been a blessing to have this and really keeps the kitchen cleaner. I purchased this calendar for $1.98 at walmart! It was a great alternative to those expensive hanging calendars that can cost up to $20. (I have to think outside the box since we are on the Dave Ramsey Plan). The file box came from Target a while back.
My calendar isnt really this bare… but I just filled it in this week. Next month has ink on every day! (cheer, dance, basketball, preschool, school volunteering, church, work, book club, bunko, plays, etc..etc..etc.)
I labeled each file folder according to what stacks up on the kitchen counter… so no more paper piles!
1. Incoming (unsorted) mail
2. Outgoing mail
3. To File (sorted mail or papers)
4. To Pay
5. Sign and return (kids stuff mostly)
6. All family members get a folder
7. Grocery list & coupons
I color coded each person on the calendar and I keep a basket with the colored pens in front of the file box.
I used office clips to attach the calendar on the file container.
I chose this specific box because it had handles, which makes it easy to carry from my kitchen to my office to file as needed.
I placed file tabs at the bottom of each month for easy navigation from month to month.
Since this where I go through my mail, a paper recycle can was a must have within reach.
What kind of system do you have to keep the paper clutter away? I hope you all participate in this challenge. It will help immensely.
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