Captivating books are the elephant in the room for me; books are one of my passions, therefore, I have a difficult time getting rid of any books. In my dream home, I would certainly have my own library, with floor to ceiling shelves, filled with books. Not too long ago, I rushed through a small book Teaching From Rest: A Homeschoolers Guide to Unshakeable Peace, considering I could not renew it. This little book remains extremely popular, when I first put a hold on it at the library, I was 26th in line! Numerous people patiently lined up behind me, waiting for this little gem of a book. This wonderful book had such a profound effect, that I ordered a copy, this is one of those items where I will be impatiently waiting at the door for the delivery man. The point being, one can't have too many "great" books lying around. Yes, there are junk books, and there are the books our children inevitably outgrow, yet several of these children's books, are just as priceless as the great novels.
Receipts are another one of my cherished items (totally being sarcastic). On the other hand, my husband is fanatical that I give him all of my receipts; I totally get it, but when you are shopping with kids, sometimes it is hard to keep track of or remember exactly what happened to you receipt. I have gotten a lot better about making this a priority, partly, so my husband stops raiding my purse in order to find them.
One of the items in my starter kit from Clever Container was this handy purse organizer; I have been using this in my purse to store my receipts until I get home, and can hand them over to my wonderfully organized husband, to keep or shred. You can check it out by clicking on the first photo below.
A great deal of gravity should be placed upon properly destroying your banking information; if you have a shredder you should use it, especially if you do your banking online. If you still want to keep the paper copy of your bank statement, make sure to have a file designated for them.
Everyone's favorite subject, right. This bit of advice is something my husband has been doing for awhile, and it save a lot of time after the first of the year. In fact, we always have our taxes done quite early because of this time saving habit.
Below is our File the Pile and Panic No More set. I plan on ordering the Panic No More set to use in my filing cabinet; each kid can have their own color folder, for their finished assignments. File the Pile would be super cute, if I had room for it.
There are some people who love to hoard (save) every, single card, from every, single occasion. I am not one of them. My husband is one of them. There are some cards that I will save, very few, and for me it is usually the super funny ones. Sappy cards don't do much for me, humorous cards, however make my day. Our Colorful Clever Container set of 5 document boxes would be a great place to store your keepsake cards. You can check them out if you click the picture below. For disclosure purposes, I am an Independent Clever Container consultant, the link below goes to my online store.
Let's keep things real, my husband, yet again, takes care of all the bills; most of our bills come electronically. Although, the ones that still come snail mail, are shredded promptly; my husband is very diligent about shredding, especially paperwork and bills that contain financial information. Nobody wants to deal with identity theft.
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There is not much to write about shredding, other than my children would love to be the master shredder in our house. Although, credit cards are something else you definitely want to shred, shredding works way better than cutting them up; we definitely don't want anyone stealing our credit information. Thankfully, I've never had to deal with it personally, I have known two people who have dealt with it; it was a major headache. Especially for my friend from Mexico, even though she is a legalized citizen, she had to jump through major hoops to deal with it, including going through immigration, they also froze her social security number, she was only allowed to use it for employment purposes; they would not issue her a new one. With that being said, make sure to shred, instead of throwing away, anything with personal information on it, especially old credit cards.
Calendars are something I have never mastered, don't get me wrong, I try. Paper calendars, calendar apps, I have tried them all. The fact is, I am not a planner; I'm good with that, I'm coming to terms with my non-planning personality. While shopping at Menards with my husband awhile back, we came across a dry erase calendar decal, this has been perfect for us. It's so easy, and the kids like drawing pictures on it. It is pictured below.
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Catching up, my organization posts are going to be short and sweet. I think the tips speak for themselves. We personally keep very few magazines; the one time my husband was saving his gazillion golf magazines (that he never read) I decided to donate to the Radiology clinic where I worked. Needless to say, he was not happy, we can call it pay back for the time he donated all my shoes to Goodwill without asking. Granted they were in a large box that still hadn't been unpacked from our move to Indiana. Without further ado, here is tip #9.
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