New Mini Series: Taming the Paper Monster

Ever since I reviewed Mystie Winckler's Paperless Home Organization last month,I have been building a new vision for our home. Not that I'm trying to be green or anything. It's just that the piles of papers (most of them just sitting there, untouched, mind you) are really getting on my nerves. I did manage to put things in file folders, which helped a lot, but it is still a mess. The mess to work through this summer.


Being the way I am, I like to read a lot of "how-to" books before I get started. (For me, that's half the fun of beginning a project!) I then plan the steps I need to take and then start putting it into my to-do list to tackle. This is a work-in-progress for me, and will probably be for some time. For me, homemaking and housekeeping is about creating systems that work for me, not another thing that I maintain.

Before beginning though, I just wanted to say that this is not coming from an expert, but just an ordinary mom discovering and working through what would work best for her family. If it helps you too, then great! And even then, you may find a way that works better for you or is more intuititve for you. Those are the best anyways, because it fits you. After each of my steps, I'll have a task for you to do or a question you'll need to answer. That way, you can decide if that's what you want before you blindly follow me.

Just wanted to get that out of the way.

So if you care to join me in the journey as I learn what works and what doesn't, please do. This is just as much for me as it is for anyone else and if no one else benefits, I know I will. My goal is to work through the paper that I need to deal with most, to create a home for these poor lost souls and to hopefully make it easier for others in my family as well. I am not dealing with archiving paper right now--you know, the paper that is sitting in file boxes untouched for years? I am on a learning journey right now about learning how to use Evernote to archive my stuff. One day I'll hopefully be able to share with you what I have learned then.

I'll meet you back here tomorrow to get started!