Organize paper clutter
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Hello, Barbie Joe here. And today we are going to talk about papers, managing all the papers. We have tons and tons of paperwork coming in and out of our homes, especially when we have children coming home from school, with their homework assignments, their art projects, all the things. And I found. That I had piles growing and the amount of up into my house.
I’m not a saver by any means. And that was really affecting my children emotionally because they would say, Hey mom, where’s that picture I made at school. And you know, I’d have to admit that I threw it away and they would say, oh, you didn’t like it. And I’m like, no, not at all. That’s not at all. Oh. So anyway, I had.
Get out of that for fear of permanently damaging my children and their self-worth. So what I did was I adapted a system to where they each have a special box and it can be any kind of box, but they each have their own as enough to have. Enough paperwork, you know, from the time they’re in kindergarten preschool all the way through high school.
So if there are those special assignments report, pictures picks, whatever they want to save, they fill his spot. They can go put it in their special box. And that has tamed the paper in my house immensely. It has helped things become easier to rough because they know it’s in a safe place. And I will try to feature their art projects on the fridge for a week.
They get a week to display their art because I felt really bad when my little. First grader came home and she emptied out her packet into the garbage can. And I said, Adam, what are you doing? You know, this was a few years ago. And she said, I’m throwing away my work, because you don’t like to keep it and time I was called to repentance.
For sure. So I said, no, no, no. Bring it to me. Show it to me. So I made her sit down and show me every piece of paper, every assignment that was graded with the smiley face stamp on it, every drawing she did an art, all the macaroni necklace. And I oohed and HOD over them. And I pointed out what was so great about each piece.
And I asked her to tell me about them because that’s really important. First of all, we are sculpting and we are raising these tiny humans. Yes, we are trying to maintain and organize and run a household smoothly at that. But we have to keep into consideration our children’s feelings and their.
Experience growing up. So with that, I really try to make my kids feel special. Feel important, feel loved about the little things. Yes. Paper drives me insane. I can’t stand Hills of paper, but this, this. Going to have to pivot because my child’s feelings and self worth was being compromised because of my distressed.
So now we have this system where the kids come home, they show me all their work, they show me their assignments. We UHIN all about it. We take a minute to celebrate them and what they’ve accomplished. And then if they want to display something on the fridge, they can, and it can stay up for a week. And then at that point, I’ll say, okay, let’s go get your file box, go put it in your special box.
And. They’re okay with that because they know is going to a safe place and it’s being treasured. And it’s also maintaining my sanity and keeping the paper piles at bay. But in reality, yes, it’s nice to have an organized house. But it’s also nice to have happy fulfilled children. I don’t want them going through life feeling so depleted because their mom couldn’t take a little extra clutter.
So we found this system. And it works for us, and I know it can work for you to showcase their favorite pieces, go through their stuff when he wants to keep, is there anything you want to put in your special box and let them choose what they want to hold on to? And then it makes them more aware of what is important and what isn’t.
It benefits everybody in the long run. So these simple little accordion boxes that I found at office Depot cost me like eight bucks a piece, and they have stored my children’s memories and achievements for years, and it hit my countertops clear of clutter, which I am super grateful for. So this is another simple thing you can do on a daily basis.
To help, not only raise your tiny humans in a positive and productive way, can they’ll keep a productive and functional household because I am a firm believer that your environment is a representation of what’s going on inside you. And if it’s cluttered and oftentimes. You feel cluttered and chaotic inside you get that anxiety that stress, that unneeded, you know, extra gunk.
You just feel like your mind can’t stop. You can’t stop. And that’s probably because your environment is that way. So this is just a simple, very implementable. That has been super successful in our household. And so I would like to share that with you. And I would love to know if you’ve. Ben doing something similar to this, share it with us.
We’ll have to ask Alexa what day of the week it is to stay on track. We’re doing the homeschool. We’re cooking three to six meals a day, cleaning refereeing fights, trying to keep kids entertained all to just collapse in bed and start. The next day. Right? So our life is a little monotonous right now.
And yet we find that moms have been hit the hardest we have zero extra tight. Everybody says, oh, it’s great. We’ve been given this gift of time. What time? I’ve lost time. Because that time when the kids are gone, At lessons or school or play dates was time. I could have to myself to get stuff done. And now time has evaporated to how people are talking about this time.
Anyway, the day of the week I’m referring to is something that has made keeping track of whose turn it is a lot simple. Now tell me I’m not alone. When you’re out with your kids, do they fight about who gets the front seat? Are they fighting about who gets to push the button in the elevator, arguing about whose turn it is war or do you have.
Or do you already have this ironed out? I remember thinking, oh my gosh, how am I going to keep track of who’s flipping turn? It is to hold the remote control or to pet the cat or whatever. So I created the days of the week, simple as that I assigned each child their own day of the week and they know.
When it’s their day, they get the privileges of the day, whether it be pushing the button in the elevator, whether it be sitting in the front seat of the car, whether it be offering the prayer at our meals, it is their day. It worked out perfectly for me because I have five children and there are five days in the week.
And then the weekends, of course, so seven people in my family, seven days in the week, it worked out great for us. So you can do this any way you want. And it’s also some unwritten posts of children that they respect that when they know it’s somebody else’s day, they respect. And they won’t try to infringe on those rights when it’s not their day, which is incredible though.
I hope this little it’s seemingly menial assigned day of the week really does help organize your day and your kids. It keeps them in order. It keeps the chaos at bay. It keeps them from feeling frantic. And what about me? And I never get a turn. It takes all of that away because they know when it’s their day, they have a say and you can make it extra special.
You can let them maybe choose what you’re going to have for dinner. Or you can maybe give them some sort of special privilege. They get to stay up 10 minutes later than everybody else. You can kind of customize. To whatever meets the needs of your family. But I find when each child has their own day of the week, things are a lot easier to control and keep track of.
So I would love to hear you implement this system into your family. Come to our Facebook group. Don’t get lost in the laundry and tell us all about it. We would love to hear it. Bye for now. Thank you for listening to don’t get lost in the. Don’t forget to check out our firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you enjoyed this podcast, you’ve got to check out my programs.
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