Keeping my house from being overrun by paper is a daily battle. Each day a deluge of permission slips, artwork, catalogs, magazines, and homework comes flooding in. After eight years and three kids, I can successfully say I've developed a system to keep the clutter contained. Here are a few of my tips on how to reclaim your home.
My kitchen is my command center. Like most moms, I'm the official COO (Chief Operating Officer) of my family, and I need to know everything that's going on with all five members. To keep on top of schedules, shopping lists, and other important info, I use a chalkboard. Easy to clean, I created the one to the left with paint.
Chalkboard and/or magnetic chalkboard paint is available at Home Depot. To hide rough edges, you can purchase a kit that includes a frame, or use removable chalkboard wall decals.
As a mom, I cherish every scribble and squiggle that my kids draw, but if I kept each masterpiece my home would soon be overrun with construction paper and littered with sparkles. Not wanting to discourage my kid's love for art, I purchased several shadowbox frames. Each of my three kids selects their favorite pieces which are then hung in our rotating "gallery". I purchased my frames from Target, and they work better than regular frames because they can accommodate three-dimensional art. Be sure to select frames that are large enough and easy enough to open so you can constantly swap out the contents as new projects come home.
When it comes to keeping these items for years to come, I like to photograph and save them to a digital photobook from Shutterfly. As an added bonus, you can easily make duplicate books with just one click and send a copy to the grandparents. They're easy and fabuLESS holiday presents, plus you can have them shipped directly, too!