Tsh at Simple Mom sure has a knack for knowing which parts of my house need attention. How does she do that? It’s good to know that I”m not the only one that struggles with paper clutter. Surprisingly this week was a lot easier and less time consuming than last week. My desk needed some work. I had a pile of magazines building up that needed some attention. I think that magazines are the hardest thing for me to deal with. I always think I’m going to go back and read the great ideas again, and I never do! So I spent some time this week going through old magazines, and ripping the pages with the great ideas out of the magazine and putting it aside in a folder. I can close the roll top on my desk now, lovely!
|Home School desk- Before|
|Home School desk- After|
For our anniversary this year, my husband bought me a Nook Color. I LOVE it! I think it’s going to be a great help in the paper clutter department. Books tend to pile up around here. It is so wonderful being able to have so many books in one device. I still like the feel of paper, but this is a great solution for a lot of our homeschool books! Many of my favorite magazines are available in digital editions too. Controlling paper clutter is easier with paying bills online and now with reading using my Nook (thanks, Honey). The recycling bin is right by the back door, so we use that right away as we’re going through the mail.
I’ve always struggled with what to do with the massive amounts of artwork made by my kids. Each piece is handcrafted with lots of love just for me, I can’t just toss it. So we’ve hung a small clothes line with small clothespins to display some of their current works of art. As you can tell by my before picture, it can get out of hand. So now I take pictures of their artwork to save forever after it’s been displayed for a fair amount of time. Then I feel better about recycling it. It’s a great way to share the kid’s masterpieces with family and friends too.