I have a desk in my house that is the center of all hub-bub in the house. For some crazy reason I can NEVER keep it clean! I think it's the catch-all "I don't know where to put this" place in the house. So, to help with this, I decided to create a "Family Organization Book." Yeah, I know the name is rather dry, but that's exactly what it is. I took a 3 ring binder, and put 5 dividers in it for 5 sections:
1) Notes-anything I need to scribble at any time
2)"Dynamic" Papers-papers that come in and go out...like permission slips, flyers for the school Fun Fair, book orders, reminders for upcoming activities, etc.
3)"Static" Papers-these papers will stick around for a long time, like the school calendar, class lists, my list of "kids-eat-free" restaurant nights (which check out the website http://mykidseatfree.com/welcome.asp , you'll love it!), etc.
4)Phone #s/email addresses
5)Grocery list-my husband is always saying, "Oh, could you get this at the store next time you go?" and then of course I never remember, so now he can just right it down in the section.
And then in the back pocket of the binder, I've stuck some gift certificates and coupons for any place my family likes to go out and eat. (I think going out to eat is my very favorite thing to do! I really, really, love good food.....I've been spoiled since moving to Chicago!).
So, from now on, when I go through our mail, or the papers my kids bring home from school, I'll immediately take out whatever I need, punch holes in it, and put them in my book!
So that's it! I'll let you all know if the top of my desk stays any clearer now!