I haven’t finalized the list of all I hope to accomplish yet, but I know for sure a new system for dealing with our ever-growing paper piles is priority number one. So lately I’ve been doing a little research on how to address the problem. And, seeing as how the start of a new school year often brings an onslaught of paper piles to homes everywhere, I thought you might appreciate it if I shared my findings.
Here are my 15 favorite resources for organizing your paper life.
The idea of a home management binder is nothing new, a quick pinterest search of the term will yield lots of examples, but there are a few that stand out from the pack. Below are some of the best posts I’ve found on how to set up a system that will work best for you.
- Using a Home Management Notebook – the Ultimate Guide – For the complete newbie, this is Home Management Binder Making 101. Just as the title promises, it’s a comprehensive look at what these systems are and how to set one up.
- Family Binder via My Sweetnest– Not only is this tutorial nice to look at (you know how I’m a sucker for good photos), it’s also a great beginner project. With only 4 sections (meal planning, contact info., kids, and important dates), you could easily throw this together the next time you have a few spare minutes on your hands.
- The Home Management Binder via A Bowl Full of Lemons – This is a more in-depth binder setup for those of you ready to really jump in. Covered sections include calendar, schedules, cleaning, meal planning, finances, to do, school, medical, contacts, and even blogging.
- Simple Mom has two different approaches on this idea. The first is a paired down Home Management Notebook. The second is a suped-up File Crate System to cover the whole year. Both are wonderful.
- Kitchen Comand Center via The Organized Parent– This system incorporates files for each family member and a binder to keep everything that comes in and goes out organized in one spot.
- Organization Binders via Simple Dimples – This is one of my favorite tutorials because it really is deserving of the title of system, yet still doesn’t seem overwhelming. With an incoming paper filing system, 3 organization binders (family, finances, and fun), and a long-term filing system, this mom has all her bases covered.
Great set-ups for keeping track of everything that comes through the door each day.
- Family In-Box via Martha Stewart– I love both the simplicity and the look of this setup.
- Mailing Station via I Heart Organzing – Of course, my pal Jen has thought of everything here. Not only are there spots for everyone’s incoming mail, there’s also a home for things that need to be filed away later.
School Work Solutions
- Kids’ Study Box via I Heart Organizing – These boxes do a great job of organizing kids’ papers in terms of what needs to be dealt with now and what needs to be kept for reference.
- Long Term School Work Storage via I Heart Organizing– A smart and manageable system for holding onto your kids’ most memorable works from each school year.
Finally, here are 4 sites for finding a bevy of free downloads to help you organize to your heart’s content.
- All-In-One and Kitchen Folio Dowloads
- Life Your Way Home Management Printables
- Simple Mom’s Downloads Page
- Printable Pages for Your Household Notebook
That’s what I have for you, what have you got for me? Any sources you love that I left out? How about a system that’s been working wonders for your family? Let me know what you’ve tried, and what you plan to try, in the comments below.