Paper Patrol – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Do you have a paper hoarding problem? Most of us have papers we have held onto for far too long. We get security from holding onto these papers. We think there is valuable information in there somewhere. If these papers sit in piles and files somewhere for years, how valuable are they?

Today is anti-procrastination day. I want you to let go of papers today. You have papers in many places in your house. Find a stack. Set your timer for just 5 minutes. You have to follow the OHIO Method – Only Handle It Once.

You have to resist the urge to sort it into piles that you will go through again. Get your shredder out and use it. With each piece of paper decide whether to shred it or file it. Do not hold onto all of it and file it.

As I am decluttering various areas in my home, I am also decluttering any papers that are not completely necessary. If I can find the information via an Internet Search, why would I keep a hard copy?

My necessary files for 2017, fit in one file drawer. I set my files up at the end of 2016. I file papers in it as I open the mail and bring copies home from doctor appointments.

If you tend to collect paper every time you go somewhere, make it a habit to sort it and shred it daily. At the very least, do this weekly.

You need to have 15 minutes of desk time per day. This will give you the time you need to deal with paperwork, shred paper, sort the mail, look at homeschool plans, pay bills, or menu plan. Set up a nice desk area and don’t clutter it up with stacks of paper.

Paper clutter is common to all of us. Let’s work on having consistency in getting rid of it!

Your Zone Mission today is to clean out the fridge.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is hamburgers and tater tots.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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