Howdy! Only two more challenges left! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed doing all of these fun little projects, and not just because I’m a decorating crazy machine, but because of all the motivation and inspiration I had from all of your comments, excitement, and participation. So. Much. Fun. I have a feeling “Love Your Space Challenges” aren’t going away forever… 😉 Speaking of challenges, I hope you were able to repurpose something this weekend, I would love to hear about it!
Well, after this busy month, something else is happening next. Up to Date Interiors is almost a year old. Aw! February 2nd is the big day and I have a whole week of exciting posts planned for you the first week of February. Gosh, I can’t believe it’s almost here.
Now, on to today’s challenge…. If you have missed any of the previous ones or want to start at the beginning, just click on a link
of this long list!
Week 1 Living Spaces
Week 2 Sleeping Spaces
Week 3 Eating Spaces
Week 4 Bathroom, Laundry room, and Office
Love Your Space Challenge #19
Conquer Paper Clutter
Okay, I realize some of you winced when you read that but hopefully some of you are excited. A little bit? Anyone? It’s not Friday so I am not excepting more than 15 or 20 minutes of your time. 😉 See, I’m looking out for you! Now, I am just talking about mail, bills, stuff kids bring home, etc…
Here are three easy steps I use to keep my kitchen counter, desk top, and dining table paper free, most of the time…
Option 1: Get to the source of the problem. Go paperless whenever possible. You can do just about everything online now, so whatever you feel comfortable doing online, do it. I am even slowing transitioning to reading magazines online. If you do enjoy reading and saving magazines (like moi), only keep the ones that you like more than 3 or 4 pages. Otherwise, rip out those pages and put them in a portfolio or scan into your computer.
Option 2: Be ready. As soon as you enter the door with any “paper items” in hand, have a place for them to go. We have a recycling bin right outside the door, so junk mail and trash doesn’t even come inside the house. For other items that just need a place to sit until used, read, or filed away, there is a basket right by the front door. (I go through my basket at least once a week to keep it manageable).
(This basket was handmade by Baskets by Emily and we love it! You can check out her website here.)
Option 3: Keep filing easily accessible. We have a crate of files stored in the garage but for the few important papers I need to file away weekly, I put in my “basket” file which is conveniently located in our front room. (By my pretty desk!)
Tip: If you have kids, let them pick a favorite story, drawing, project once a week/bi-weekly, recycle the rest (when they aren’t watching). 😉 Display their favorites. (UPDATE: My best friends suggested taking pictures of all your child’s artwork and then create a photo book at the end of the year. She is full of great ideas!)
There you have it, a quick little Monday organizing! Come back tomorrow for our last challenge and then we’ll finish the week with some Valentine’s Day inspired posts. Okay?