Tuesday, April 6, 2010

File organizer

This is another idea I saw a while ago. What do you do with all the papers and information that your kids come home with? Well, I saw this on a blog and decided this was my answer to that question. It's been great! I've used it for at least a year and a half now and it still works. When the kids come home with an important paper I will record whatever information I need to on the calendar and then place it in their file that is located on the kitchen counter. Easy access I think is the key to the success of this. Each child has a file along with many other daily and weekly things I use or need to look up. I have a file for coupons, general information, receipts, online billing, phone numbers etc. Anything that I use within the month that I need quick access to.

I bought the container/box at Target and just found these stripped file folders at Walmart. I have a calendar at the back but don't use it much. I like having one on the wall. After a while the box gets full and I can't fit papers into the kids files anymore so that is when I sit down and go through it and get rid of any papers that are outdated. Usually every 4 months I need go through it and get rid of stuff we don't need anymore. I seperate those things I might want to keep(memorabilia) and put them away. It has been such a great organizational tool in our home. Whenever the kids ask where a certain paper or something is I refer them to their file. They don't ask anymore...they just know to look there. It's taken a year and a half to get them to that point but now they just know when they need something it will be in their file. Though I really don't like having things out on the counter this one has been worth it. It has solved many last minute problems of finding something that was needed.


Elyse said...

Oh goodness! I love this too! I am running to the store right now!

T.I.D.S.A.H. said...

I love your ideas Andrea, I WILL be copying this, I have something similar but I will incorporate both. Thanks again. I love your blog.