Organizing Papers Without an Office
Ok, I like to clutter and I am messy but I need to try to be better. We have a small traditional Center Hall Colonial and Five kids (and a total of 3 bedrooms) So obviously we will move or expand one day. For now I just want it livable. At this point I do not want to make a major investment
When you walk in your choices are the living room, the center hall and stairs or the dining room. The kitchen is behind the dining room. There is a tiny bathroom and a closet and the entry to the basement off the center hall. Its all sort of a box. There is no family room and our basement is damp. The kitchen is at capacity and I would hate to put papers in there. So I end up dumping everything in the dining room. My dining room is fully furnished with a traditional set, a serving credenza, a separate china cabinet and a piano! Its only about 14 x 15 so its pretty full already
My biggest problem is paperwork. I do all finances as well as handle some small legal matters for family members (nothing confidential so that is not an issue). I have gotten in the habit of sorting the mail and throwing out the flyers and stacking the rest but then the problem comes. If I file stuff that needs to be done I will never get to it (generally about 20 pieces of paper). Plus there coupons I want to use. Thera are all those account statements that I do not need on hand but need to store. Plus all that treasured Artwork, classwork from 3 of my 5 little darlings who are in school! I am still recovering from my end of year paperwork as school ended last week. My main computer is actually in the kids room and there is no room for paperwork there nor would I want it there since they periodically will dump stuff on the floor and I would not want my paperwork dumped out
Assuming I cannot get a file cabinet in the dining room, how do I store papers neatly but so that I remember to acess them.
Another question, I will often buy things and then return them, for example I recently purchased 4 pairs of shoes in desperation before an event and now find that I want to return 3 pairs. I end up dumping those in the dining room too. If I put them away then I would forget to return them (not that I am making such great strides anyway!)
Putting stuff in my bedroom does not help because DH goes to sleep much earlier than I do and I tend to do paperwork at night
Any suggestions other than flylady?