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She’s So Organized: Command Center

So when a house becomes clutter free, there is a conscious effort that one has to to make to keep that house from getting or becoming cluttered again.  Clutter control can often be as easy as making a choice of whether to allow new items into our home.  Paper although is not quite so easy.

Paper comes in many forms; catalogs, magazines, bills, junk mail, coupons, receipts, etc.  Some of these items are necessary to run our household and all can take a well managed household from uncluttered to cluttered in a matter of minutes.  So until we become a paperless society (which I personally support fully 🙂 ),  the question then becomes how to stay on top of  the endless paper parade? The answer in my household has been to setup a command center. Since we setup our command center in our family there is no longer papers piled up on desks, hidden in corners or shoved in a drawer.

Incoming Mail

1)  A spot should be designated for where mail will be placed once it is brought into the home.  This landing spot should be communicated to everyone in the household and needs to be in a location that is viewable so it can not be tucked in a drawer and forgotten!  I strongly believe that if you can physical see your clutter you are much more likely to fix it then if it is stuffed in a drawer.

2) Once a day the mail should be sorted, this is a very quick sort.  Junk mail needs to be tossed, catalogs placed in a designated location, mail that is actionable should be sorted into three folders (To File, To Pay, To Review). Coupons should be thrown also into a designated location for sorting later.  I personally have a receipt and coupon catcher that I place these items for sorting and filing later.

School Papers

1) For artwork I keep a file bin handy for all kids artwork.  I immediately put the kids artwork into this bin and at the end of the school year we determine our favorite 3 and file in a designated folder.

2) Papers that need to be reviewed or responded I post on the side of my refrigerator for easy viewing!  Every time I look in my kitchen I can see these papers so I can’t forget.  Seeing is not forgetting.


1) Whether you place your receipts in your purse or in your shopping bag, receipts should be removed immediately once enter the home.  I send my receipts directly to my coupon and receipt catcher, where I can sort and file for later.

Here are some example pictures from my command center:

Actionable Folders: Target Itso bin with some stickers, folders, and labels so cheap and easy!

Receipt and Coupon Catcher: Target file organizer that I used command hooks to hold on to the side of my refrigerator

I hope I have inspired you to create your own command centers…..now start getting that command center setup so you too can take control of the endless paper parade!  Feel free to  share your comments on how you manage the paper clutter and/or your own command centers for inspiration.


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