Paper Clutter

Earth Day: Cut the Clutter by Recycling!

It’s looks and feels like Spring (at least in most places).  It’s the month of April.  That means Earth Day is near.  And Earth Day means it’s time to recycle.  Earth-Day-Border-Clip-Art-1

Today there are many places where you can recycle all kinds of items year round. However, during many of the local Earth Day events you get a chance to recycle many different items in one location.

Because of this opportunity to make one drop off why not take advantage of it. You know you shouldn’t throw these items in the trash so you probably hold on to them until you can find the time and place to recycle them.

Your home is not a landfill. …

How To Stop Catalog (Paper) Clutter

It’s that time of year where the catalogs fill up your mailbox.  How many times do you receive a catalog that you’ve never heard of?

Maybe you received a mail ordered gift from someone. Now your name is on their list.

Maybe you ordered something from one catalog. They sold their customer list to another company. Your name was on it.

Maybe you ordered online. That company may have sold their customer list.

There are multiple ways your name may have gotten on those lists but there are ways to stop the junk mail and catalogs from filling up your mailbox. …

Get Control of Those School Papers Now!

quizWith the start of school comes the start of the avalanche of school papers entering our homes.  There are the notices of events going on, the permission slips, homework, worksheets, and all the art work the younger children do.  With so many papers coming in so fast it’s hard to keep the piles from growing out of control.

 

That is, of course, if you don’t have a plan on how to handle all those papers!

Now is the time to set up a system to get control of the incoming avalanche of  papers. It will help the whole school year go smoother.

School Papers Organizing Tips:

1.  Notices, permission slips, etc.: 

Pocket folders work great for these. Make sure each child has a different colored one for easier filing. Every day when your children bring home the papers be sure to mark the date on your calendar for any events or when permissions slips are due. Then file the paper in the appropriate folder.  Instead of separate pocket folders you can use a 3 ring binder with labeled or different colored pocket folders in it.  This might work better if you have several children instead of just one or two.

2.  Current homework:

 Each child should have their own notebook or folders they keep in their backpack.  Usually the teachers will recommend what they want for their class. Check it daily.  Your child will need to clean out this folder periodically or else the current homework could end up lost in the old homework.

3.  Old homework:

This is were it’s harder to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Depending on the grade level there can be a lot of papers that your child never needs to look at again.  If there is a chance they will need it to study for a test then help them set up a folder for each subject.  Most of the time in the younger grades the practice papers can be recycled.  At the end of the school year very little if any needs to be kept.

4.  Art work/stories:

Many of these will be keepers, at least for a short time.  You can hang up the art work, give it to the grandparents, or store it.  Plastic boxes that go under the bed work great for these since many pieces of  art work are larger than the standard piece of paper.  You can also put those short stories they write in this box.

If you still have last year’s papers laying around now is the time to go through them. The article “Decluttering Children’s School Papers” will show you how.

Here are more tips on back to school routines.

“7 Tips for Back to School Evening Routine”

“Back to School Tips”

“Back to School Organizing”

Hope everyone has a great school year!

Janice

 

Do You Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle? How to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday of the Year.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog.  I’ve been a little sidetracked.  First I was finishing up my taxes. Then I was sewing some baby things to take with me on my visit to see my newborn granddaughter. IMG_0280Pictures don’t do her justice. I know I’m bias but that’s how grandma’s are suppose to act!

 

 

Anyway, it’s time to get back to work.  Today is Earth Day which is a reminder each year that we need to take care of the earth for future generations (my granddaughter).  We do this by reducing, reusing, and recycling. …

January Monthly Goals–Not Met Yet!

MC900434929-1Wow, it’s hard to believe the month of January is almost over.  Where did it go?

Each year I start out with great intentions yet somehow time gets away from me. This year I decided to try something different to help keep me on track.  I wrote out a monthly plan of goals I want to work on.

I know I won’t meet January’s goals. Of course that could be because I didn’t write them down until the middle of the month. Oh well, there’s still four days left to work on them! …