I hate hate hate clutter… I need a way to fix my paper clutter problem.. ( I hate clutter but I save everything lol) 😉 Its a horriable cycle

Anyway.. I searched the net and I found this fancey set up and I have all the items on hand.. So I got this under control and you can too…

Create an Action File!

Make quick work of daily paper management with an Action File.

action file for household paper

Using a small tabletop file, add hanging folders labeled “To Pay”, “To Do”, and “To File”. Include separate folders for each family member, and for religious, sport or school activities.

Each day, sort and drop incoming paperwork into the appropriate file. Bills go to “To Pay”, while medical insurance papers are addressed “To File”. When it’s time to handle weekly deskwork, you’ll find it all in the Action File!

Top Tips for Paper Types

household notebook

Try these ideas to manage different types of paper pile-ups in the home:

  • Calendars, Menus and Phone Lists: Save telephone time by keeping calendars, schedules, take-out menus and phone lists into clear page protectors in a 3-ring binder. Flip through the household notebook to quickly check meeting dates or find phone numbers. Create your own forms, or use our free printable Household Notebookforms.
  • Children’s Artwork: When you can’t see the refrigerator, it’s time to triage the flow of children’s artwork. Sort each day’s papers into an “artwork” folder in the Action File. Each week, select the best work to display as “Refrigerator Art of the Week”, and consign last week’s entry to a basic file marked with the child’s name. At the end of the year, tuck the collection of the year’s best works into a large envelope, mark it the year, and add it to the household’s classic files. Share extra art projects by writing letters to family members on the backside or using colorful papers to wrap gifts.
  • Cards and Correspondence: Birthdays, celebrations and events are a regular part of life–so why dash to the card store for each occasion? Once a year, purchase an assortment of greeting cards, sympathy notes, and stationery items. Stored together with stamps and pens, they’ll handle social correspondence without stress.
  • Daily Mail:Sort each day’s mail over the recycling bin to make quick work of unwanted catalogs, coupons or ad circulars. For safety, run credit card applications and financial solicitations through a shredder before recycling.
  • Newspapers and Magazines: Forget placing fanned-out magazines or neatly stacked newspapers on table surfaces. Low-sided baskets or trays use the principle of “controlled clutter” to display readable items without permitting them to overrun the family room at will.
contain newspaper clutter


Thank you very much… for the info and photos!


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