Paper Storage

Kids, Organize

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Once I had my oldest in Kindergarten I realized pretty quickly that I needed to find a way to store all of the cute projects he was bringing home. I hated having them on the fridge because we ran out of room and it felt cluttered. So I dove into my brainstorm one night and decided he needed and box. But I couldn’t stop just there, I knew that it needed to organized so that we could look back through it over the years and know what was made when. To see how he developed over the years. But I also knew I would want that same system to be implemented with my other 3 boys, so it needed to be replicated and easy to manage without taking up a ton of space.
Enter this amazing little number!

These file boxes are affordable and work PERFECTLY!!! I purchased a few hanging folders. They worked perfect and labeled them for each year my child was in school.

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Now whenever my kids bring home those ever so cute school projects we talk about them, helping my child feel validated and seen with what they accomplished. Then they are filed in their box and mom doesn’t get stressed out about the mess. No ones the wiser. I also throw all their important letters and tests in here along with extra school pictures and report cards. It is SUCH a relief to have a safe place for all those sweet projects.

When I started talking about this paper storage subject I started getting a lot of questions about all the other paper in the house. Like the bills coming in and out, taxes, pet papers, birth certificates, etc. The system I use is really quiet easy and simple and honestly it needs cleaned out in a big way. But I’ll get there eventually. We have a little two drawer filing cabinet I keep in a closet in my office. EVERY bill we get or anything of importance gets filed. I try to file weekly but honestly it’s more like monthly. It’s my least favorite chore to do. But the idea is that everything has a home or folder.

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All of the health insurance stuff goes together, all the credit card stuff goes together, life insurance together, personal info like birth certificates, pass ports and social cards get put together. I even have files for all the paper work from previous loans, cars or larger purchases. I also have a fold that all of Jud’s check stubs get thrown into. I can’t tell you how many times I have need his last 2 check stubs and how grateful I was that I had them on hand and was able to supply them without asking our accountant to get me copies.

All in all it just simplifies your life. I have copies of all of our tax returns in here as well as a back up on our computer. It just helps me see the bigger picture. I’ve had times where I had paid a bill and even called and talked to someone in the billing department about it. But then got a bill several months later saying we were late on paying. It was such a relief that I was able to go back to that file, pull out the bill and find that I had written the name of the person who I talked to when I paid it, the date I paid it and how much I paid. It quickly resolved the mistake and no one got frustrated! I call that winning!!!

In an ideal world I will go through this file cabinet at the beginning of ever year and clean out all the files and throw away what we don’t need any more but honestly it’s been a couple years since I cleaned ours out. So thats on the to do list soon. Make sure you burn all that sensitive info you are getting rid of!! I hope this helps with your paper organization, heaven knows it can get out of hand real quick!!

 

 

 

Let’s Organize This Place

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You know that feeling where you are about to freak if one more thing falls out of a cupboard or your kids throw one more toy under their bed? Just me? Good to know.

I’m currently at this point. I was cleaning the house today and went to go throw a toy in the boys large outdoor storage bin that we have to hold all of their toys and noticed that the lid wouldn’t even close. You guys, this thing is huge. So to say that it wouldn’t even freaking close is just embarrasing. Well not embarrasing but real life. And thats what I am here for. So at my expense you can watch today’s stories on the IG to see what we did about it. But in the mean time I am going to share ideas on how I plan on organizing the rest of my house in the coming months!

Pantry

My pantry is always a source of frustration for me. I LOVE having a pantry to store my groveries in. However it’s like free range for my kids. Which leaves it in total chaos after they are done.

Now this pantry from my very very favorite IG duo, Classy Clutter, is total goals. And what I am hoping to achieve with my pantry makeover. You can find the deets for this makeover here.

I also purchased this glorious wallpaper to put in my pantry once I get to that point. Also from Clasy Clutter which you can purchase here.

Toy Orgnaization

This as well as the boys closet needs the most attention. Today while sorting through everything in the large bin I pulled everything out that was little. Hot wheels, small tractors, Paw Patrol figures, etc. and plan to put each of these in their own bins. I plan to put them up on a shelf so that frees up more floor space. But it will also keep my 2 year old out of the smaller toys which will mean less clean up for mom.

I love this idea that I found via pinterest from another fellow blogger here.

Master Closet

I have been noticing a large amount of clutter in the top of my closet. So I’ll be adding everything into baskets and labeling them all. Giving it a more clean and coheasive look.

I found this gorgeous netural image from Country Living. I also think the sorted laundry basket in the bottom of the closet adds a great layer to the already orgaized space.

Laundry Room

I have about 1000 kids. You know this right? Which brings at least as many pounds of laundry. I currently have 1 washer and 1 dryer. And my dream is to have twice as many.

Isn’t this amazing! It literally makes my heart sing and all my dreams come true! This will be a larger renovation but to organize something I need a place to put all of the laundry that has been sorted and is ready to wash.

I have a large counter that I love having to fold all of my laundry on. But the space underneath is not being utilized. So I hope to put in a couple shelves and add in baskets like above. This way I will be ablet to remove the laundry hampers that are currently taking up floor space in my laundry room.

So tell me. What areas are you planning on organizing now? Clearing the chaos will invite the peace into your home as well as your mind.