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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Drowning in a Sea of Papers

My den/office/computer room/craft room (I haven't decided what I will officially call it yet), is a mess. It's become the catchall for stuff that I don't know where to put just yet, and boxes I can't unpack just yet, and things I plain don't want to deal with just yet.

And papers.

Lots and lots of papers.

Papers from bills and loan paperwork and insurance paperwork and children's artwork. But mostly papers from the girls' schools. And all of them are stuff I need to keep for the time being.

Help?

What do you do to keep your den/office/computer room/craft room organized?

I am at a loss.

22 comments :

  1. Wish I had one of those den/office/computer room/not so much craft rooms. I try to stay organized by using files, a file cabinet, and the round file. It's just a matter of deciding, 'Is this really necessary and will I need this with in the next six months?' Asking yourself that will help a lot. For the girls give them each a file or a container of their own for all of their papers, then you know exactly where everything is. Good Luck.

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  2. *sigh* I am in the same boat. When all is right with my world, I do have a large 4-drawer filing cabinet. Each of my girls have a drawer... filled with stuff I'd eventually like to scrapbook... or toss, but can't deal with it yet. Another drawer is bills only. And the last drawer... is... um... I have no idea. Shows how often I access the darn thing and why my house is a complete disaster.

    Yeah, so it works SOMETIMES. But other than that, I'm pretty darn clueless too.

    I will definitely be checking back to see what solution you found.

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  3. Good luck! You saw my scraproom so you know I'm no help! I've got the same dilemma around here too.

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  4. OH I wish I had good advice! Loose papers are the bane of my existence...They seem to multiply like rabbits.

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  5. I am SO not an organized person--so I am of no help to you. My kitchen counter is the catch-all and I hate it!!

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  6. I use a huge three ring binder for our paperwork such as bills and such. Then I use a smaller one for my PC...that way when tax time comes around I just have to turn to it and it's easier to access. I actually use one for my day to day work stuff too with tabs. It just helps with organization. YEP my life is a three ring binder pretty much.

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  7. I am barely keeping above the fray myself and haven't come up with a good system that works for me yet...hope you find the answer and blog about it ! LOL

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  8. Heh. We've been here over a year now, and the Tailor's office/sewing room is *STILL* the black hole where papers go to lie in piles for all eternity. So I probably shouldn't be trusted for advice...

    But I can say that since I keep all my business files and papers separate (and thus in my studio, not anywhere else in the house), I often have the same problem in my space. The thing that works best for me, since I have resigned myself to my tendency to create piles, is to just give it a once-over every few days, before the mess becomes catastrophic. That way, at least, I can kind of stay one step ahead of the entropy.

    Best of luck with your organizing!

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  9. Files with labels on all of them are the only way i stay in control i even have a file for instruction manuals for some of jasons toys and things that i have taken down with the move and others are just like misc pic that i will some day do somthing with haha good luck

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  10. Filing cabinets can be a miracle, provided we use them correctly (unlike how I use mine....)! Folders help--you could organize the papers into labeled folders and put them on a shelf.

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  11. I have a filing cabinet with labeled folders... but mostly I just throw stuff away. I keep the important stuff... the stuff I know I'll need, but really, there isn't a whole lot of stuff like that.

    I ask myself, could I find the information online if I needed it? School policies, insurance policies and such are normally available on websites, in pdf form... if that's the case, I shred or throw away.

    I'm about as anticlutter as one can be though. And it's not always a good thing. A few times, I've thrown something away and thought, "Oh... wish I had that."

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  12. a great looking filing cabinet and loads of wire bins.....and a house keeper ;)

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  13. I just BARELY cleaned out my office. Two trashbags full of papers. Yep. Papers.
    No useful advice for you because I'm sure my office will regain it's papery state soon enough. =P

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  14. You go to the DI and buy an old filing cabinet for $6, then buy two cans of spray paint and doctor it up, then store the papers in there until you get around to it. At least, that's what I did. But wait--you don't have a DI, do you? (Sorry, it's just me failing to be funny)
    Good luck, you'll find the solution! --A. Briggs

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  15. I use a filing cabinet. And everything has its own file with labels; from bank statements, each creditor, each utility bill, receipts, insurance stuff, loan stuff, kids school stuff (new file each year), etc. I also use baskets to place items that need to get filed (until i find time), and for stuff that I need to work on or take care of soon. My home office is set up just like an office you would see at work. I hate the mess all these papers can make... so I have to stay organized and this is what works for me. Good luck!

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  16. So funny you would ask this, because all of my rooms are clean except for my den, which has become a catch-all for my missionary's things, games, boxes of cds, etc, etc. We are planning on getting some cool shelving units from IKEA.

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  17. I have lived in this house for a year and a half and my craft/office/whatever room is still a mess. I have cleaned and organized it, but between Jackson's propensity to pull stuff off the desk, Camryn's urge to use the wrapping paper to make "presents" and my tendency to use it to "temporarily" store stuff I need to deal with later, it is pretty much hopeless. =]

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  18. We have a nice 4 drawer filing cabinet that I LOVE. I also have trays above it with little labels "coupons (restaurant, not grocery), filing, Drew in, Hilary in, Drew to file, Hilary to file"
    Anyway, it really helps to kind of separate them, out when you don't have time to file them right away.

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  19. One word... Shredder. Bonus--It's therapeutic :)

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  20. Burn them. When that's not an option I use filing cabinets and plastic file trays to store things until I have a chance to file them. I've found that the closer my filing cabinet is to the desk the sooner I file stuff (or return it to the cabinet after using it :)

    That's the best I can do for paper. When it comes to organizing other stuff I still don't have any ideas. But I know who does.

    My mom bought some cool cabinets with doors from Ikea, and uses them to store her craft stuff. She actually has two of them flanking the craft table http://bobnkristinehipps.blogspot.com/2009/02/heres-you-hat-whats-your-hurry.html

    My sister-in-law is really good about organizing her stuff as well and has some great links on her blog to organizational websites. scroll down about halfway http://familiajpbrown.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-post.html

    In regards to the room name, my mom calls hers the "employee lounge" which I rather enjoy. Our extra room is full of bookshelves so we call it the "reading room." I think it's more fun than the office :)

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