Paperwork and Piles of Paper

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,
Are you procrastinating your paperwork? Paperwork is often stacked and piled and moved to the side day after day. You might sort your piles, but you give up and make one big pile again. Since today is anti-procrastination day, I want you to work on your paper pile for 10 minutes.
You need a filing system for your papers. Some papers you need to keep, but you also need to know where to find them. Create files that fit your needs. Buy colorful file folders. Get a plastic crate if you don’t have a file cabinet. Use your markers and make them pretty.
When I set my files up each year, I set up personal files. These include papers that I need to hold on to for taxes. Then I set up my business files. Each month I sort and file the papers into their appropriate file folders.
For my homeschool paperwork, I have a permanent file in a three ring binder. This holds our attendance forms, annual standardized test results, homeschool identification card from the state office, and immunization records.
Each day I review school work, and at the end of the week, I look at my plans for the next week. I do my best to keep the amount of homeschool papers in my home to a minimum. We use a couple of computer-based programs this year, and that has reduced some of the paper in our homeschool.
Each day, I go through the mail and trash the junk mail, shred papers that I don’t need, and file my bills to be paid. I have one file folder for bills to pay, and I file in date they are due in that folder. It makes paying bills each week easy. If I have an auto-payment or paperless bill, I make a note in the file folder to check due dates on thoses, too.
Next week, we will start a new habit of the month, and that is to deal with our paper clutter. This is your jump start on that. I want you to be free of the piles of paper.
If you struggle with papers that cause you to make phone calls or deal with in some way, use your timer. Just deal with them for a few minutes at a time each day.
Your Zone Mission today is to go sofa diving.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is shepherd pie.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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