It’s Week 2 of Project Simplify, have you joined it yet? It’s not too late so head over to read all about it from Tsh. This week’s prompt is kitchens. I was going to tackle the pantry but then I got sidetracked searching through stacks of paper that were covering the countertop looking for a permission slip that my daughter needed to turn in immediately. The form had come home with her in her book bag approximately 3 weeks prior and had gotten lost in the chaos of my kitchen. For some reason I have one counter that breeds paperwork like rabbits.
Did you just cringe in horror? I won’t blame you a bit. I didn’t know what was in that pile but it was a good 4 inches thick! Pull up your big girl panties and let’s take a closer look, shall we?
First thing I did was clear off the entire counter top and Oh My Gah- there’s a toaster back there. Waffles for everyone tonight! This is a project best reserved for naptime or even better, after the kids go to bed and you can drink wine. Not that I don’t drink wine in the afternoon but I assume that not everyone is a big of a lush as I am.
I dumped all the paperwork in the middle of the floor and sorted it piece by piece into piles. I ended up with 6 piles when I was done: Magazines, Coupons, Trash, Bills, Recycling, and filing.
Please note how the trash pile is twice the size of every other pile. That’s right, I’ve been holding on to stuff that should’ve just been thrown in the trash. Why? So I had this organizer and some super cool folders that I bought awhile back to use in the kitchen and I decided this was the perfect opportunity to start using them.
Look, you can see countertop! Hold your applause till the end please. If you direct your eyes up to the left you will notice that I even cleaned out the wicker hanging baskets. Go big or go home, that should be my motto. Really, it should.
I made a file folder for School, To Do, Reference, and Save. Now when I pull out 500 pieces of paper from Maia’s book bag, I have somewhere to put the ones that need to be saved. The To-Do file is for anything except bills such as the renewal forms for our irrigation system maintenance plan. The Reference file is for stuff I need to be able to find quickly- such as the phone number of the super nice babysitter that just moved into our neighborhood and the date of the community yard sale. The Save file is for the stuff I need to file but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I mean, let’s be honest here- there is no way I’m going to have the time to file every paper immediately so I need somewhere to put the stuff in the meantime.
I even made tickler files. Do you know what a tickler file is? I could explain it but Tsh does a much better job so read her post on Tickler Files. I’m using this magnetic dry erase board on the side of my fridge to keep track of the things I put in my tickler files (which I’ll show you in detail on Week 4).
I cleaned out this little side drawer that was holding nothing important and made it the bill drawer. Now the bills are in one easy to find location and they are out of sight of visitors. I don’t know about you but I don’t need the neighborhood HOA president knowing how much I owe on my Amex card. The checkbook is also in the drawer for those few bills that have not yet entered this century and do not have online bill pay.
Mr.McHunky came home, took one look and said ‘Oh wow, there’s the toaster.’ Let’s take one more glance at my nice newly organized, clutter free kitchen counter.
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