Meet my friend Claire Keeling! If you are in St. Louis, chances are you’ve seen her on Great Day St. Louis. She’s a mom entrepreneur, the founder of Sort It Out Consulting. She’s an organization and efficiency expert (we all need more of that, right?) So we are quite pleased to be partnering with Claire to bring you regular tips in the home and life organization. Here’s what she has to say about tackling all the paperwork that manages to clutter your kitchen counter and other living spaces.
One of the first steps to tackling papers at home is to begin utilizing an Inbox. Most people think of Inboxes as just being a work thing, but incoming papers need somewhere to land at home, before you sort through them. My favorite is the Pandan Single Box from The Container Store. This box is a real gem because of two things; first, it is large enough to hold your child’s artwork and second, it has a lid. How many times have you invited friends over, and then did the “sweep” of your paper piles into a large box or laundry basket? Well, you won’t have to do that with this Inbox because you simply collect your incoming mail and papers and put the lid on when people come over. The proper placement of the Inbox is by your main entry door so that the papers go straight into the Inbox. Make sure to have your kids empty out their backpacks daily into the Inbox, which you will need to sort through on a regular basis.