In the average household, there is more paper generated than a small business. Between bills, taxes receipts, warranties, your children’s school work, one can see how quickly your can get snowed under. In this day and age we don’t have to keep everything. There comes a time when you have to discard some things. However, for those things that you need to keep, they need to be organized and easy to get to.
Get some three ring binders from your local book store and start organizing those things you need. Section off the binder according to your needs. One section can be devoted to bills, receipts, directions and one section for each child. When you have something that you need to keep, such as tax returns, in it goes. When your child brings home a great piece of school work then place it in their section. Keeping these items separate and in one place will make them easy to access and find. If your child doesn’t know what to keep and what to throw away, tell them to keep one piece from each month of the year. This way you and your child can gage their progress.
Kitchens for some reason seem to attract miscellaneous items. Anything from loose nails, to recipies, to tacks. Something you can do to keep this under control and recycle is to use clear glass jars for storage. Once you are finished using them, give them a good clean and use them for pencils, paper clips or anything you find a lot of with no designated place. The clear jars are great because you can see into them, negating the need for labels. You can also try getting some Velcro strips to attach to the bottoms. This way they will stay in their shelf or other place reducing the risk of breakage.
No one needs expensive equipment to get organized. 9 times out of 10, what you will need is already in your home. By using simple and easy methods, you can organize your paperwork and store to miscellaneous items safely.