By Blake Eligh
My kitchen is slowing disappearing under a sliding stack of papers. We’ve got calendars, school forms, immunization records, and piles of crafts on limited counter space. Really, who knew kids came with so much paperwork?
I regularly cull our art gallery, but what about the stuff I want to keep, like report cards, birthday party invitations and school photos? I procrastinate too much to take up scrapbooking.
Over the summer, I read Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, where I found her simple, stellar idea for corralling kids’ paper piles. Rubin bought each of her children a file box, and filled it with a separate file folder for each school year. Each file holds the annual school photo, report cards, select artwork, and other file-able mementos. As papers come into the house, they go into the box. Easy.
At my house, this system has cut down majorly on paper pandemonium. I’ve got a bin for each of the girls, and like Rubin, I’ve created a shared box for my husband and me. A place for everything. Who knew?