How to organize paperwork such as medical records, veterinary records, and home renovation information.
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Organizing paperwork that comes in and out of your home is a BIG step in having a decluttered home. It’s one of my greatest challenges. I’ve started to keep journals rather than loose paper for my blog stuff because otherwise I have sketches for projects floating around the house. And supply lists. Etc.
And ARTWORK. Children’s artwork is THE WORST. Our car is filled with it… recently my 3 year old fell asleep on a ride home so I decided to let him rest while me and the 5 year old cleaned the car. So when my 5 year old ran into the house to use the bathroom, I stealthily added about a tree and a half worth of children’s art to the recycling bin. With a sigh of relief that I managed to sneak it when he was out of sight, I went back to vacuuming and such. He came outside, went to throw something in the recycling bin, and exclaims “MOMMY! My BEAUTIFUL artwork!” #worstmomever But I explained to him that we can’t keep it all and that I’d selected a few pieces for him to take inside and hang up. It went over better than I would have expected. We have beautiful DIY art displays that we use to hang all of their art though.
I try to put paperwork in the compost as it composts pretty quickly and it is a good way to add brown materials to our bin. Click this link if you want to see what you can and can’t put in a compost bin. But I do recycle quick a bit too. We just have SO much brown materials.
But I have a lot of things I do to keep stuff under control. Here are some more tips for organizing paperwork…
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Tips for Organizing Paperwork
- When you pick up your mail, immediately place unwanted mail in the recycling or compost. Don’t let it sit on the counter.
- Have a place to put outgoing mail, bills, coupons, etc. so important items don’t get misplaced.
- Unsubscribe to physical junk mail. I found the following sites where you can submit your preferences. I just submitted to all of them to be safe, haha. Make sure to check your email once you submit the info. Some require email confirmation. You may need to have other adults in the household submit them too, but I’m not sure:
- https://www.catalogchoice.org/ (you need to know the catalog to use this)
- Switch to electronic billing and statements
- Compost old paperwork
- Keep paperwork like medical records and home records in 3 ring binders
- Get the FREE Medication Tracking Printable, available in the Subscribers-only Google Drive folder.
- Donate more to a few organizations rather than a little to many different ones. You’ll end up on fewer mailing lists.
- For children’s artwork, considering keeping photos of artwork on your computer. You can make an artwork folder for each child. Take a photo or scan artwork onto the computer, then you can toss the physical item. I try to restrict this to the best artwork because my kids are 3 and 5… sometimes “beautiful artwork” consists of a piece of printer paper that has one scribble on it. For these projects, I’ll often use the paper as scrap paper if the other side is still blank. It works well.