Need help organizing family papers in our new kitchen
We have a busy family kitchen that's about to go through a major remodel. I am determined to keep the paper clutter out of my new kitchen! I have a DH and 2 DS's (ages 10 and 16). Two of them have S.L.O.B. genes. It has been difficult to corral their mail and papers and magazines.
I'm not talking about bills and junk mail... I handle all that. It's the things they either like or need to see... the SunSetter Awnings brochures and the auto maintenance reminders and the progress reports etc etc. My current, inefficient system is to make a pile for each of them on our kitchen table... right next to their dinner plates where they can't miss seeing the pile!
Well, our kitchen will be gutted in the next few weeks. The new kitchen design will eliminate the kitchen table; in its place will be a beautiful soapstone peninsula (I'm so excited!) that we'll use for homework, informal dining and chatting while one of us is cooking/cleaning. I also will be instituting a new rule: no clutter on the peninsula!. The peninsula will have a file cabinet drawer for receipts, paid bills etc and another drawer for pens/pencils. I also plan to keep
So, I don't know where to put their paper clutter. I thought perhaps I could hang 3 small message centers on our pantry doors - one for each of them. I found a that could be used for posting reminders and messages... can even hold DH's keys!
Does this sound ridiculous? Do we need major therapy?
How do you handle papers for the rest of your family? "All I want for my birthday is a few hours with a professional organizer..."