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De-cluttering

My days off.

I have today and tomorrow off. It seems like every minute of every day off needs to be maximized. Remembering to spend time with my kids, husband, friends and family while still devoting time to decluttering.    Today I went crazy with the paper shredder. I’m still trying to figure out how to organize our families constant influx of papers. Mail, school work, pay stubs etc… take over flat surfaces. Today I won some of them back.

The next step will be deciding on a mail/random paper system that will work for both me and my husband. It could either be really small mail organizer right beside our front door or a larger one on our hallway wall that is still part of our open concept kitchen. We wouldn’t be able to see it while in the living room so it wouldn’t be toooo obstrusive. I like the idea of having a chalkboard to keep the family organized. It could even have a calendar on it.There are so many options out there.I may just put in a little mail center until I make the big leap to a large item.Maybe I could even make my mail organizer. The one below is a transformed record. Now that’s zero-waste!

I guess we will be making a trip to Staples.

How do you organize all of your mail, reciepts etc…?

Tomorrow the adventure continues. I need to finish painting the bathroom and do a million other things. Wish me luck!

~Stephanie

“Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.” – Oliver Goldsmith

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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3 thoughts on “My days off.

  1. I have had several organizers over the years. We had a chalkboard and calendar when the kids were little, We even invested in some magnetic poetry we kept on the fridge for the kids to leave notes, they had fun with that. Today, don’t have much to organize, I keep my appointments and shopping lists, anything I need to remember in my smart phone. And receiving only one bill a month in the mail, I keep the bill in a desk drawer where I can easily find it.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 6, 2012, 9:17 am
  2. Hiow do I organize all my mail receipts, etc.? Do you mean like yesterday when we had company coming i stuffed them all in a plastic bag which I hid at the end of the bed? 🙂 The office looked oh so tidy!!!…..:-) Actually all joking aside paper is my nemesis and I struggle daily with it…if not the newspapers to read and catch up on,,,it is the everflowing mail coming into the house…we try to handle the mail daily and shred the envelopes, junk mail, etc. and separate that which need to be paid, filed, etc….but it is a continual job to keep on top of it and we are both retired…..not leading busy lives like you Stephanie…

    Posted by Adele | June 12, 2012, 11:34 am

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