Is paper piling up on multiple surfaces in your home or office? Are you constantly searching through piles for that 'very important' application, or frantically digging for a statement or bill that you forgot to pay?
Have I got a functional, practical and space saving solution for you!!
May I present, THE PROJECT BOARD
I was contacted by a Clever Container consultant inviting me to try out any product from their wide array of products (that are all intended for organization!!)
It was a hard decision with so many fantastic options to choose from, but I knew that everyone deals with paper in some regard and could appreciate this great system as a possible solution.
I LOVE that the Project Board is a space saving system that provides vertical storage which also helps to get clutter producing paper OFF of flat surfaces. It is made of a sturdy canvas material and the hardware to hang over any door in your space in included.
Here is how I put it to work to help keep paper in order in our own home:
There are seven pockets or pouches that are large enough to hold a standard vertical pocket or tabbed file folder. I assigned a specific folder that will house certain types of papers that are dealt with on a regular basis (this is not intended for long term filing).
Holds my Day Planner.
Current schedules our family might need to reference regularly (like sports game schedules or school spirit nights & lunch menus etc).
Papers that require some 'Action' on my behalf. It's like a collection of 'to-do's in paper form. For example: If I get an invitation that requires an RSVP I slip it in there and once I've contacted the host and written it in my calendar I can remove it. Or, maybe I get an application in the mail or a form from a teacher/coach that needs to be filled out, or a reminder to make a doctor appointment. A running 'to-do' list could also be kept in here. The IMPORTANT thing to remember is to get into a habit/routine of checking this folder on a regular basis (like daily or at the very least, once a week).
Client Forms - I work as a Professional Organizer, so I like to keep several copies of new client intake and assessment forms ready and available for when I get a call or inquiry from a new client.
Papers that will eventually be filled in my long-term filing system. Maybe I get a bank statement in the mail, or a business receipt that I want to keep for future tax purposes. Or, maybe a doctor's test result comes in the mail that I want to keep in our medical records, or a report card comes home in the mail for one of my children. Those papers start out in the 'to file' folder. Once a month I can set aside a specific block of time to place them in the long-term filing cabinet. This folder is just the starting point/holding zone for these types of papers.
Pockets 6 & 7
There are two school aged children in our home. Each child has an assigned pocket and 'at home' folder to keep (mostly school related) papers relating only to them (like site word or spelling lists to review for an early reader, or passwords/user names to log into school related websites or portals).
Our school also sends home a traveling folder to transport homework, completed school assignments, notes/announcements from teachers, plus the occasional club/sport/community fliers. I've taught my boys to put their 'school' folders in their assigned pocket when returning home from school for me to review at my convenience (any paper in there can either be removed and disposed of after review or placed in the 'action' or 'to file' folders. What's great about this system is that they know exactly where to find the travelling folder the next morning in order to get it into their backpacks before leaving for school!
The small pocket at the bottom is perfect for holding a few small supplies like pens, pencils, scissors, or even a phone or set of keys!
Here's just a few more options for utilizing The Project Board:
A Family or Personal 'Command Center' - Assign pockets for:
1- In-Box for mail or other 'incoming' paper
2- Bills 'To Pay'
4 - Papers 'To File' long term
5- Outgoing mail
6 - Contact / Address List
7 - Calendar
Assign specific pockets to store paper relating to any individual school or work related project or assignment.
Assign a pocket for each day of the week, or for each individual family member...SO many options!
Do you have any 'clever' ideas for more ways to utilize this Clever Container? Comment below and be sure to check out more awesome products by Clever Container!
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