Last week I talked about how I wanted to tackle my dumping ground that is the breakfast bar. I showed how I dealt with the biggest pieces that were on there – the recycling, and if you missed that post you can read it here.
The next pile of ‘stuff’ I wanted to tackle was the paperwork!
Like it or loathe it, paper is still a big part of our lives, and schools especially still like to communicate to parents using it. The first thing I needed to do was to find out what type of paperwork I had, so I divided it into two piles, throwing into the recyling bucket the out of date stuff along with any junk mail. The first pile was for household stuff and the second was for the girls clubs and School stuff. What was left was two piles of paperwork that I needed to action or keep because it had important stuff on.
I then needed to find something to put this paperwork in so it wasn’t just sat on the breakfast bar. That’s when I found these box files that look like books in a store called TwentyOne. I picked up three in total and used one of the green ones for the house stuff and the pink one for school and girls clubs stuff. The third green one was a spare but I have just started to use it to put in receipts of things we have brought as gifts or for the house. I then kept the files on the shelf just under the breakfast bar.
Now I have these in place it means that when the post arrives every day I can open and sort it straight away. If you want to find some box files that are similar to these, Wilkinsons always have a good range, and are not expensive, at about £3 a box – click here to see what they have on offer.
Now the paperwork was nicely sorted away, I thought I had better dedicate sometime to actually dealing with it (oh alright, if I have too 😂😂). So once a week, and I decided to do this on a Wednesday night, I would look in the folders and tackle the paperwork. I find this really helps me to focus on catching up with making sure the house can run a little bit smoother. And anyway, who wants to be trying to change their gas supplier at the last minute to get the best deal with the kids biting at your heals demanding your attention and snacks!!
This system makes me deal with things as soon as they come through the door, instead of reading it and putting it down and forgetting about it! It has really helped with the school paperwork too, because now as soon as the girls get home from school I empty their bags and put any paperwork I need to deal with (unless it needs a signature there and then) in the folder and sort it on a Wednesday night.
This is what I do to action my paperwork and in another post, for another day, I will show you what I then do with the paper that I need to keep, or want to keep safe.
How do you deal with your paperwork? Do you have a system that helps you keep on top of running a busy household? I would love to hear about it so please leave any comments below.
Let’s get organised!