after almost two weeks away (with one day here in between) always tends to be super good (see above) and
well, kinda messy.
It's that we have been too busy to deal with the piles sort of mess and now the time has come to rectify the situation once again.
We live in a small house. We love small houses that are cozy and allow us to live life beyond taking care of our home in our time off (we also love not being strapped financially by our home – been there, done that). The tough thing with living small is figuring out ways to deal with all the stuff that still seems to come through our doors. Boxes, papers, magazines, catalogs (hence my daily something idea – looking forward to getting back in touch with that this week) – always something. And I need to get back to giving everything a home – a designated spot – which is not on the dining room table.
One of the solutions (that I need to put into practice) is the one-touch rule. Not sure where that came from originally but I remember reading it and thinking, duh, that is the answer to the piles. The goal is that all the stuff is only touched once – pick it up, do what needs to be done, and then recycle or file – not move from pile to pile to pile. I am such a pile-maker by nature.
A continual work-in-progress for sure (for me and for Chris – yes, this means you too dear).
Any fantastic how to deal with paper tips out there?
Also, I picked up the latest Real Simple Family issue and found lots of great tips inside. They also have a nice online list of articles as well (oh cool – I see some on there about organizing too) including a bunch of downloadable forms (more paper LOL).