Home Organizing Tip #1
Dealing With the Mail

Both the paper kind and the electronic kind!

Home organizing tip #1 has to do with the dreaded daily mail. As you know, being a homeschooling mother places a lot of demands on your time and brain power. One thing that I have found that can be overwhelming for some people is the build-up of mail that occurs when you don't deal with it the day it comes into your home. Talk about something that can get out of hand fast! If we let it, those catalogs and magazines will multiply right before our eyes.

If you have this problem, then here are some ideas that I have found are effective in helping me to keep control of my mail:

  • I make it a rule to deal with my mail before dinner every day. I immediately toss out any junk mail, fliers and catalogs that I know I will not look at.
  • I open up all my bills and file them in a cubby I have in the order in which they will come due.
  • Any mail for my husband goes on his desk or in a pre-designated place in the house if he doesn't have a desk. It then becomes his to deal with!
  • I have a bin on my desk where I put any miscellaneous papers that need to be filed in my file cabinet.
  • Any magazines or catalogs that I know I want to read or look at go into a basket next to my chair in the family room.
  •   If there are things that others might be interested in reading, I place them on the table in the family room for awhile. Since I am not one who likes to see things lying around, if it hasn't been moved in a few days, I usually toss it.

Organize the Mail
Before it Takes Over!

I find that if the mail piles up for even a few days, it is much harder to deal with. Don't let that happen to you! Sort through your mail every day.

Also, try not to hang on to things that you really know you will never look at.  If you think you might look at it and it is still sitting there in a week, toss it because you know it and I know it - It ain't ever gonna happen!

What about Email?

Not only do we now have paper mail to worry about, we have that electronic stuff that collects and multiplies like flies in our inbox.  Like one type of mail wasn't enough!  I am the kind of person who definitely doesn't like to see a lot of mail in my inbox.  My husband, on the other hand, doesn't mind when his inbox states that there are 579 unopened emails.  You're either one or the other.

If you don't like a lot of miscellaneous mail in your inbox, then set aside a few minutes every day to go through and sort out what you need to read and keep and what you can get rid of or file away.  If you don't do this every day, it will take on a life of its own and then you will have to spend a lot more time cleaning it up.

If it doesn't bother you to have an inbox full of emails, most of which are unopened, then carry on, I have nothing else to say!  LOL!

Again, it takes a lot to keep a home running smoothly. Your time is precious and you should try to routinize as much of your day as possible. Keep your eyes open for as many home organizing tips as you can. Try them out and see which ones work for you.

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