10 Best Tips for Organizing Paper Clutter

One of the most common complaints from families is of paper clutter. It can be in your kitchen or home office, but the piles of paper that stack up get messy and annoying. Important papers get lost and time is wasted searching for bills or documents, creating stress and frustration.

Clean up your paper by trying a few of these tips.

Devise a color-coded filing system.

Choose a color for each member of the family and use a folder in that color to store papers. This way, when your children needs thier permission slip, you know it’s in the purple folder.

Another idea is to use simple files that say “Today,” “This Week,” or “This Month” and organize papers accordingly. This method lets you to keep tabs on what needs to be done immediately and what can be put off for another day without it slipping through the cracks.

Use your mobile phone. 

Take a photo of schedules, lunch menus for school, and other important information to keep it handy. This method keeps your desk and fridge clear!

Go paperless with electronic bills.

Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. All that’s required is to go to the company’s website and request this service. You can even arrange for automatic renewal for magazines this way, occasionally even scoring lower subscription rates!

Skip junk mail altogether.

Request to be removed from mailing lists. Simply send a letter with all possible spellings of your name, address and signature. Mail it to: Mail Preference Service / DMA ATTN: Dept. 9407644 P.O. Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512. Even faster? Call them at 212-768-7277.

Recycle paper clutter for good use.

Cut up notes and unimportant papers from school to create scrap paper. You not only reduce waste, but save money.

Consolidate with binders.

Binders keep bills, forms, and papers neatly sorted. You can have binders in varying formats such as one per family member or per year, making it simple to locate documents as needed. Keeping the binders in a convenient location ensures proper and frequent use of this system.

Keep paper out of the way with an organization system.

Magazine racks or hanging organization systems eliminate the unsightly mess of papers strewn or stacked on counters and desks. Try setting aside a place in the pantry for organizational purposes to get it out of the kitchen entirely.

Make a date with paper.

Filing systems aren’t for everyone, and even if they are, they still need to be maintained. Set aside a “Desk Day” once a week or twice a month to go through papers and keep things clean and organized. Put it on your calendaras a regular appointment to remind yourself that it needs to get done.

Make a plan for schoolwork.

Most parents struggle with this dilemma: What to do with all the artwork and schoolwork your child brings home?  Save one picture from your child’s school each month and take pictures of the rest. You can even makes photobooks of her child’s art, or scans the artwork and uses it to create greeting cards and stationary.

Use bins as a last resort.

If you still can’t bring yourself to throw anything away, you can save everything from school in bins (one per child) and go through it once a year. As time passes, the sentiment has worn off, making it easier to throw items away.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh

The beginning of relationships are always fun—things are new and you want to be with your man/woman all day, every day. But eventually it takes a little more effort to keep the spark going.  Some psychologists believe that the feeling of intense romantic love only lasts about 18 months to at most three years however, I’m sure you know at least one couple where the sparks still seem to fly decades later.

8 ways to keep your relationship fresh

Touch and embrace often. So many couples hold back kissing, touching, or holding each other until they have time or the desire to have sex.  Affection is the way to make love all day outside of the bedroom- Maintain the desire.

Show your love in small ways. Leave a love note on their pillow, stuck in their purse, briefcase or book they’re reading. Bring home a special treat you know your partner will love. Text, call or email them to say, “I’m thinking of you.”  Write a list of all the reasons you love and appreciate them and whisper each one into their ear. Sometimes it’s the little gestures that make the biggest impression.

Date Night. This is a must. Try to schedule date night at least once a month, twice a month would be great. Make it mentally stimulating.

Laugh and play together. Couples who laugh more are more satisfied in their relationships. Humor and laughter also seem to have a buffering effect – using humor during conflict can help you resolve the issue.

Try new things together. Trying new things with your partner can help prevent boredom, make you feel closer to your partner, happier with your relationship, and more satisfied with life in general.  Groupon always have great deals for couples.

Cultivate gratitude. Never take your partner for granted. It is important to notice and acknowledge when your partner does nice things for you. A little “thanks” can go a long way. When people feel grateful to their partners, both partners end up feeling more connected with each other and more satisfied with the relationship.

Celebrate triumphs. Couples who celebrate achievements and triumphs are more satisfied with their relationships, experience fewer conflicts and have more fun together.

 

At what cost has technology replaced human interactions?

As human beings, our only real method of connection is through authentic communication. Studies show that only 7% of communication is based on the written or verbal word. A whopping 93% is based on nonverbal body language. Indeed, it’s only when we can hear a tone of voice or look into someone’s eyes that we’re able to know when “I’m fine” doesn’t mean they’re fine at all.

Social technologies have broken the barriers of space and time, enabling us to interact 24/7 with more people than ever before. But like any revolutionary concept, it has spawned a set of new barriers and threats. Is the focus now on communication quantity versus quality? Superficiality versus authenticity?

What the video below and share your thoughts.