Step 1 in operation “New Leaf” was to eliminate and manage the never ending piles of stuff that come into our lives. Some stuff we need, much is unsolicited and just shows up.
I found this site that said like every company or organization, a home needs a household manager. They also made a recommendation for making a household binder that would become your go to place for all things you need day-to-day or even on a monthly basis.
This weekend I gathered all the piles of paper and junk that has accumulated over time and threw it all into 2 laundry baskets. With the help of Paul to sort and the kids running the paper shredder we were able to get the seemingly endless supply of paper into 3 binders – 1 for all the kids stuff (school calendars, pre-school contracts, etc) 1 for all the household items (bills, statements, etc) 1 for day-to-day life (master household calendar, weekly menu plan, etc)
Now that everything is in one place, it was nice to get the mail on Saturday and see that Liv’s official bus schedule was in there and know the exact place that it belongs in. Let’s hope that the binders continue to be a greater part of our lives and will eliminate the time spent looking for things or the anxiety I feel having to look at piles of stuff.