I consider paper to be clutter, especially when it is unsolicited. But we must deal with a certain amount of paper on a daily basis. Here are a few ways to keep from getting overwhelmed:
- Setting up and maintaining a simple, effective filing system saves an untold amount of time because you know exactly where to find items you need.
- If you are a visual person, consider using different colors of file folders for different categories.
Meet my desk. Oh, can't see it? It's that thing in the corner buried under piles of paper. There are also stacks of stuff on the floor and batches of business cards still lingering from BlogHer '08! I need to get a handle on dealing with all this paper before I accumulate even more at BlogHer '09. But the magazines and advertisements from places like The Container Store urge me to buy more STUFF to organize the STUFF I already have.
There must be a cheaper and more eco-friendly way!
Stopping junk mail's easy -- theoretically -- since all you need to do is say no. But because you have to say no to so many different companies -- and may want to preserve one or two coupon mailers you use -- de-cluttering your mail box can get difficult pretty fast. This perhaps explains why so many people still get -- and complain about -- the amount of junk mail they get.
I was helping a client organize her office the other day. The surfaces were clear. The floor was clear. We had a lot of papers to go through.
But we had to stop. Before we could proceed, I needed to know her priorities. She had mentioned half a dozen interests and activities in which she participated. She was in the midst of rethinking her life. But in order for us to move forward, she needed to identify her mission and vision for her life.
Papers that need filled out or followed up on:
down right then and complete the paper work, put it in an envelope and
put it in your POWER JOURNAL! To drop off or mail. If it is something
that you need to follow up on, put it in your POWER JOURNAL! So that
when you open up your POWER JOURNAL! The next day, you remember and can
do it RIGHT THEN!!! Start today the habit of following through and not
If I want to write with nice pens, I am going to want to write on nice paper. My main issue was fretting that cheap paper is going to accumulate microscopic paper muck in my fountain pen nibs and clog same. To that end I decided to find paper to bring to work with me, since that is where I do most of my writing. Yes, I know, most people take the office supplies away from work. I make vast use of legal pads, so I struck out and found both Doane and Rhodia make legal pads.
Since I'm OCD, and also love over-planning events, I decided to make
favors for the RTBF's parents' surprise dinner-- in red, black, and
white, to coordinate with the invites
(quick tutorial on those to follow soon!) . It was actually easier
than I expected, and I think the splash of red will add a nice accent
to the table! My idea started off as simple thank-you tags for the
favor boxes... but as you'll see, morphed into a different project.
The RTBF's parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary in a couple weeks!
Anyways, I made these invitations for the surprise dinner we're
having, since I wanted an excuse to use my JustRite monogram stamper.
(The "P" on the inside monogram is supposed to show through the punched
out circle, but you can't see it in a couple of the pictures when the
cards aren't flat.)
The cover text and inside "shhh" were stamped, as was the monogram;
the rest of the text was handwritten in gold pen. I used a circle
punch and Nestabilities to cut out the monogram and the cover circle.
There's one card that's different from the rest-- the one with the
thin red band was my first card, and I decided it was just too tricky
to position the ribbon AND the strip of cardstock straight, so I made
the cardstock bigger. Hey, it's not like they're comparing invites,
Between cold stormy weekends and school ending soon for the holiday, this is a great time to have some crafty holiday projects that can engage the whole family in a few time-killing, charming decoration-making activities. What says "keeping the family busy" more than a some glue, scraps of paper, or other craft-store finds?
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