This month, I’m an Organizing Junkie along with several other blogs, is having a month long organizational challenge, and I thought it was a good motivator to help me make a few areas of my home more efficient.

The first week’s assignment is to work on the office or desk. My office space is a corner in my living room, and I have let clutter accumulate with the busyness of the just past holiday season.

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I had bunches of papers and magazines that I needed to go through and either toss, or save and file.
 
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I’ve had a home binder for awhile to help me keep track of things, but it had started to overflow with everything, and was getting too full to manage easily. So I purchased a few more binders and decorated the fronts with scrapbook paper.

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Now I have separate binders for my:
Blog – To keep my schedule, ideas I have for my blog, things I need to do on it, and receipts of earnings for tax purposes.
Budget and Bills – This holds my current bills to pay (in a pocket tab), my checkbook and credit card ledgers, since I use a debit card and credit card for most purchases, and my current budget ledger where I keep track of  balances of our household categories.
Medical – To keep a list of our doctors and their phone numbers, and a brief log of illnesses and medications (like antibiotics) we have taken.
School – This has test results, report cards and miscellaneous school related papers to keep.
Home and Auto – This is empty at the moment, but will hold home and auto receipts and a record of work done or improvements.
Transcripts – This has official home school documents that I need to access occasionally.

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I used page dividers and tab pages with pockets so I could easily tuck papers in, and then later use my hole puncher for more permanent items to include in each notebook.

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I sorted through all the papers on my desk and about 10 magazines, and tore out what I wanted to keep, and then recycled the magazines.

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The new binders replaced all my stacked papers and made them very easily accessible and organized.

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After moving some furniture, including my desk, around a bit, I am really satisfied with how much more efficiently I think my office space will work.

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These brown bins contain my office supplies, camera accessories, and my kids’ school papers that I’ll hang on to till the end of the year. Because of my cube organizers, I was able to keep my desk mostly free of supplies which is nice because I like to spread things out when I am working on something.

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The one item that helps me tremendously with keeping my home life running somewhat smoothly is my daily planner.

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I get one every year, and use it every single day to keep track of immediate duties, and things that are upcoming as well, like when a bill needs to be paid, or when library books need to be renewed, birthdays, appointments…  This frees my mind of so much mental clutter.

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My favorite kind of planner is the ones that show a week at a time.
We also keep a calendar on the refrigerator for our various family appointments so we can all see a month at a time.

I’m looking forward to using my new set up to be able to function more efficiently, and keep up with paper clutter more effectively.
I hope this gives you some helpful ideas that you might be able to use.

Blessings,
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