Disclosure: I received a complimentary paper organizing kit in order to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own.
I’ve spent a good deal of time this year getting my whole house organized…kitchen, bedrooms, family room, garage…everything is now clutter-free and organized. (You can check out my How to Organize Your Home series for all the photos and tips.) Let me tell you…it feels REALLY good!
The one last place I was struggling to keep organized was all the paper that comes into the house. With all the mail, kids’ school papers, coupons, notes and other stuff, my kitchen (and basement filing cabinet) was overwhelmed with paper.
Although I was doing a better job of handling paper this year with the installation of a Sunday Basket, I wasn’t using it correctly, and although it was a handy place for piling up paper, I still couldn’t get everything organized.
So when Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365 contacted me and asked if I would like to review her new paper organizing kit, I was so happy! Finally, a chance to get the one last problem area of my house under control!
The Get All Your Papers Organized in One Weekend Kit
Lisa’s kit came packed with all the items that I would need to organize every single piece of paper in my house…from those little receipts from the store that you keep “just in case” to the really important things like our wills and the real estate papers from the purchase of our house…everything was going to get organized.
The kit comes with the following:
- A quick start guide on how to use the kit
- A printed copy of Lisa’s 2 eBooks about organizing paper: 10 Steps to Organized Paper and The Sunday Basket (for those of us who like to have an actual paper copy of a book in our hands to read)
- A CD with the podcasts that Lisa has recorded all about organizing paper (for those of us who learn by hearing)
- 2 heavy duty one-clips
- Organizing printables
- A collection of slash pockets to use for organizing paper
An easy start to organizing your paper
When you buy a kit like this, I find that it is sometimes pretty overwhelming at first, because you don’t know where you should start. The thing I appreciated most about this kit was the Quick Start Guides that help you get started immediately.
I have to admit, I hate reading long, drawn-out instruction manuals…I just want to get started already! The quick guides allowed me to do that easily. They also gave me a head start on some of the tasks that I found in the eBooks, so I was prepared with some of the things I needed, like a filing cabinet for long-term files and a home binder.
Finally Getting all that Paper Organized
After going through my kitchen stash of paper for a couple of hours on Saturday, and the long-term files for a couple of hours on Sunday, every single piece of paper in our house was totally organized for the first time in forever! This photo is an after photo…I was too embarrassed to take a before photo!
Now, I will say that we don’t have a very complicated paper situation like some people…Lisa manages several businesses and has a lot of record keeping that she does for taxes. If you have a business or a lot of medical expenses that you need to organize, it will probably take you longer to get all of your paper into order.
I love using the slash pockets in my Sunday Basket, because they allow me to keep everything organized, plus, it is easy to take out just one file when I need to (say when I’m paying bills), instead of digging through a big pile to find all the bills.
The One Clips are so handy for organizing the kids’ school and activity papers. Each one has their own clip and I’ve put any papers that need to be filled out (like my daughter’s reading calendar for the month or my son’s star student of the week poster) in order of due date right on the fridge. That way they are right in front of us each day so that we don’t forget about anything.
The organizing printables included in the kit are invaluable for planning out your week. Lisa always says that you are more productive if you have written down everything that needs to get done, and these pretty forms help you to do that. I think this will help me get more organized between my home and blogging obligations.
Would you like to get your papers organized?
Lisa has offered to give away one Get All Your Papers Organized in One Weekend kit to one of my lucky readers! To enter, please fill out the form below. Please note, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
A winner will be chosen randomly on November 5, 2015. The winner will be notified via email and has 24 hours to respond. If I do not hear back from the winner in 24 hours, I will have to choose a new winner.
In the meantime, I would encourage you to head on over to the Organize 365 Facebook page to check out the video series that Lisa is doing throughout the month of October all about organizing paper. The videos are just a few minutes in length, so they don’t take up too much time.
What do you struggle with the most in getting your paper organized?