I seriously can’t believe the amount of stuff that comes into this household on a daily basis. I’ve been struggling with organizing snail mail. (I struggle with email too, but that’s another topic all together.) We’ve lived here for over 3 years and still haven’t figured out a solution that really works. Throw in all the papers the kids bring home and it’s overwhelming. To the max.
The laundry room is not on the “through” path into the house, so we can’t have a mail center there (tried it, doesn’t work). It all ends up piling up on the kitchen island. Which is annoying. So I was searching pinterest, naturally, and came across this….
A home organization system! You can read about it over on Lovely, Crafty Home. I love the idea of the Kitchen Command Center with a calendar, a folder for each person, the menu planning (and cleaning…yay right, in my dreams), etc. I don’t want mail related things hanging on our walls (plus we don’t have a logical wall to hang something mail related on), and I love the idea of a portable filing box. So this is my action plan.
- Get a general basket that all papers can be put into without worrying about sorting. It can’t be too big or I’ll never deal with it. But it can’t be “the kitchen counter.” It’ll have to be in or near the kitchen…so finding that place is going to be key. This way it has a “landing” place.
- Get a file box like this and set up folders.
- Actually sort and open the mail, in addition to school related paperwork.
I briefly considered making something and came across a few cute tutorials and patterns that I may want to use for non-mail related organizing….because you know, I’m totally going to be really super organized in every single aspect of my life some day. (Hey! Don’t roll your eyes at me!)
The All Purpose Caddy over on Moda Bake Shop
The Car Organizer by Craft Apple
(I have this pattern and really really need to work on car organization as well)
The Mail Organizer by NoodleHead
Isn’t it pretty?
Okay! So wish me luck! And if any of you have tips that work for your organization of snail mail (and paper in general), I’m all ears.
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