9 Ways To Keep Incoming Work & School Papers Organized

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

There are pros and cons to everything, children included. 

Pros: they’re filled with wonder for the world as whole, they make absurd and often hilarious pronouncements, they get to wear adorable clothing, etc. 

Cons: they, or their educators, are responsible for creating a ginormous paper trail.

The schools send home all of the notifying papers. The homework: it comes raining in. The artwork: it gets prodigiously made. 

But in life, all things are relative. How much of a “con” the item above is depends mainly on how prepared one is to handle said papers. 

Sans systematic approach to incoming/child-related papers, that “con” is a proper con. As in felon. As in robber. As in those papers will turn into a raging menace faster than you can say “what did you color me?” and then proceed to steal from you the precious entity that is sanity.

(This is true whether the papers in question are in regards to a child or not.)

All of this to say: do not, I repeat do not begin this school year without a plan in place for how you will keep a handle on the papers coming in to your home.

Recycle with a vengeance.

File away sparingly.

And, mainly, have a solidified collection point where papers get processed. Use it as a place to stash incoming works and alerts on the fly, and then edit the bunch when the container gets filled, if that’s your style. Or, maintain a file/homework/command center handy.

Below, an assemblage of recommend paper receptacles: 

Operation organization: plan for incoming, school papers with these desktop file boxes.

 

1. 3-section vertical file

2. Dusty blue desktop file

3. paper trays

4. acrylic desktop file

5. File folders

6. Open top desktop file box

7. art storage box

8. Vertical file folders

9. Vertical hanging file box

Monday’s Meditation: On Being Scared To Make A Decision (& Why You Don’t Need To Be)

Monday, August 20, 2018

There are no wrong decisions.

I’ll say that again: there are no wrong decisions.

You cannot choose wrongly, because either way, you benefit.

If you make a decision and the outcome is exceedingly positive, you will have moved your life forward and will feel victorious.

If you make a decision and the outcome is seemingly negative, you will have earned yourself an important lesson, and thus, moved your life forward.

The key to being able to decide is to be at peace with not having all of the information, and deciding anyway. Because even when you’ve done your due diligence, and you’ve collected the data, and you’ve surveyed the landscape, there will still be unknown variables. You can’t know what you don’t yet know until you know it.

If you feel you need to date all of the available men or women before you can know for sure whether or not someone is the right fit for you, you will likely be single in the end. If you’re so filled with doubt and fear that you feel you need to see every last sofa on the market before you can pull the trigger and purchase one, you likely won’t be sitting on a new sofa anytime soon. 

All you can ever do is use what you know now to make the best, most intuitive, most loving decision you can.

Some things will pan out, and others won’t. Either way, you will be fine.

So long as you’re not intent on punishing yourself later for not having been a psychic, you cannot go wrong.

The only real way to go wrong is to avoid deciding, all together. Indecision is inaction. It is doubt and fear. It is a disconnection from your intuitive knowing. Indecision is, itself, the fear of choosing wrong.

Not choosing then, is a form of choosing, in that you allow fear to dictate the course of your life.

You won’t ever know it all. There may be times when you feel like you’re aiming blindly, like you don’t know what you’re doing at all. But you always know enough, and, as we well know, enough is plenty

Spotlight On A Pink, White & Blue Home By Caitlin Wilson

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

If you follow the work of well known designers, especially those whose work commonly populates the pages of the internet, then chances are you’re long acquainted with Caitlin Wilson. You might have even seen her on this very blog way back when.

Caitlin is a textile designer, and pretty much every thing the woman touches seems to turn into colorful, patterned, classic-decor gold.

The same can be true of her latest project: a new build for her own family. The Wilsons reside in Portland, Oregon, though you’d never know it from peeping a home tour. Granola there is not. Instead, the home is full of traditional design motifs presented in the most cheery, fresh way. 

The navy and pink accents scattered throughout the home bring to mind an east coast, traditional vibe. But the home still manages to feel decidedly unfussy. Amid a beautifully bright and sophisticated white kitchen, a collection of blue and white ginger jars reads not as stuffy traditional, but as punchily preppy.

See for yourself, down yonder: 

Spotlight On A Pink, White & Blue Home By Caitlin Wilson, photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

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Home tour featured on Domino Magazine, design by Caitlin Wilson, photography by Alyssa Rosenheck