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Managing the Paper Tiger of Elementary School

Amy Knapp 2015 Family Organizer

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By Amy Knapp

The elementary school years produce more paper clutter, disguised as priceless pieces of art, than any other level. As we begin a new year, purchase a low profile, under the bed plastic storage box. As papers come in, sort into three categories; art, action, and information.

Art:
Whether it be your refrigerator, chalk board, or picture frame, designate an area for display. Sometimes you will be gifted with multiple pieces of art a week! Have your student help pick the most special and then store away the other in the box under the bed. As new art goes on display, the old art goes into the box.

Action:
Keep a folder or file for items that are going to require action. Keep it somewhere that it will be seen, both as a reminder and for quick reference. If you can put everything immediately into your calendar, including reminders and to-do’s that will be required. Once the event or action is complete you can either discard or move to information – you may need it for reference.

Information:
Nowadays you can look almost anything up online regarding your school and its schedule. For those papers you want to keep but won’t need immediate access to, create a file or folder that can be kept away. Each time you get a report card go through and purge old papers!
At the end of the school year have a big clean out. Go through the artwork, let your student keep five of their favorites; mail or send pictures of the rest to grandparents, aunts, and friends.

Creative ways to use old school art:
• Use pictures folded up as Christmas cards.
• Create a photo collage of drawings and paintings.
• Laminate and use as placemats on your table.
• Create an artwork wall in your student’s room.
• Use as wrapping paper for Birthday’s and Holidays.

About the Author:
Amy Knapp KitchenBorn in Washington, Michigan, Amy relocated to Chelsea, Michigan when she was young. She attended Western Michigan  University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Western (’87) with a B. S. in Social Work.

In 1991, Amy joined forces with two other very talented women; together they formed Concept to Promotion, a specialty  advertising company. Within 5 years, sales had exceeded a million dollars a year and Knapp was doing national and international  promotions for large corporations headquartered in Michigan.

Six months after starting this business, Amy married her husband Dave. Now, they have two wonderful children. Complications with her daughter’s health led to her selling out of the business and staying home with the children.

Being a self-starter, Amy was disappointed with her lack of productivity and she couldn’t seem to get it going at home. Amy created what was soon to become Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer to keep track of appointments, errands, and schedules.

Amy is still a stay-at-home mom; also a soccer mom as her son begins his sports activities. For more information on Amy Knapp, make sure to check out her website at www.familyorganizer.com.

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We’re On Pinterest!

Is your household using Pinterest yet? If so, are you among the nearly 10,000 people who follow Calendars.com on Pinterest? You ought to! We’ve tried to compile items you would like to see through 24 boards and more than 7,700 pins.

To make it easier for our customers to stay organized, we’ve also added a ‘Your Organized Life’ board. This board is full of pins that showcase how our customers organize their lives and the fun gadgets and ideas that help them stay that way.

Use this board to find out how to turn plastic rain gutters into a fun reading corner, learn fun ways to keep your pantry organized, and even find your favorite calendar!

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

JuliesfridgeWho knows what’s lurking in the back of your refrigerator…spoiled milk, moldy leftovers and…how long has that been there!?

Luckily, November 15 is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Grab a trash bag, hold your breath and start tossin’. Disgusting as it may be, it’ll be worth it the next time you come home with groceries and have a clean space to store them.

Now that your fridge is clean, follow these tips for maintaining a clean and organized fridge.

And remember, cleaning your fridge isn’t a once-a-year chore.  Get cleaning tips and find out  how often to clean different parts of your fridge by clicking here.

 

Source: holidayinsights.com
Photo Source: LaraLove via Wikimedia Commons
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5 Steps to Organize Your Mind Without Computers

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This post is in lieu of the recent and popular article in the New York Times entitled Your Brain on Computers: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price about a family who is digitally connected beyond the average American. Their lives are absorbed within technology, and every possible moment is filled with some form of screen stimulation. This is characteristic of many of the Gen Y and Millennium kids. From the article:

Mr. Campbell loves the rush of modern life and keeping up with the latest information. “I want to be the first to hear when the aliens land,” he said, laughing.

In his defense, he probably will be one of the first. As connected as he is, it will take only moments for the message to get to him. Is that really the goal of life though? To be the first to know? The article continues to discuss the effect of multi-tasking, both positive and negative. It’s a fascinating read for those who know someone like Mr. Campbell.

The connectedness of the Campbells is my segue into purposely disconnecting your harmful habits and putting order into the way your mind works.

How do we stay organized without computers?

I’m writing about organization in a broad term. The following steps will help you get to the organization of your honest thoughts and true feelings. It may (but most likely may not) give you tips on how to organize your closet.

Step 1: Unplug

Entire sites exist to help your kids unplug, and there are efforts to go as far as setting up an intervention for those addicted to staring at a screen (Unlplugyourfriends.com).


Step 1 removes anything that provides entertainment or social connections. Phones, computers, and televisions should be turned off and unplugged. Simply turning off your device will not work. You may already do that a couple times a day. The step of unplugging, removing the battery, or donating means you are taking this extra serious.

It must be a decision from the inside, or you will quickly resort back to the clicks and the stares.

Step 2: Decompress

Here is where the withdrawals start. The goal is to un-froth your mouth of digital rabies and revert back to a simpler way of thinking.

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Use Binder Clips To Organize Your Wires

These types of things make you wonder how many organization gadgets are invisible, yet right in front of your face.

Credit: Lifehacking.nl

What other makeshift organization tools do you use?

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