Challenges

7 day toy organization challenge

Join us December 5-11th for: Organize The Toys Challenge!

During the challenge I’ll show you:

  • How to sort through toys
  • How to set up a simple toy rotation

To take part in the challenge simply join the free Facebook group! The group is full of awesome people who will keep you accountable and encourage you :) We’ll see you there!

You can also download these printables to get you started :) Happy Organizing! 

Questions to ask yourself when sorting through kids toystoy-sorting-labels

Printable labels for toy organizationtoy-labels-blank

Previous Challenges:

Fridge clean up and organization

Join us Tuesday November 8th – Thursday November 10th for a Fall Fridge Clean Up! 

If you are ready to get your fridge in order before the holidays this is for you! We will purge old food, wipe clean, and organize our fridges together! 

To take part in the challenge join our free Facebook group! We’ll see you there! 

How to Organize Your Fridge

 

5 Day Organize Clothes Square

Are you tired of piles of clothes and overstuffed closets? Join us for 5 days as we declutter and organize our clothes together! 

We will talk about:

  • How to sort your clothes and get rid of the things you don’t need
  • What clothes to hang and what to fold
  • Ways to fold clothes to save space
  • Storage solutions for small closets

Join the Facebook Group for encouragement, accountability and updates on the challenge!

7 Day Organize Paper Challenge

Are you ready to say goodbye to paper clutter for good? Join us for 7 days as we go through all our paperwork together and set up a simple filing system to keep paper organized.

We will cover:

  • Setting up a Filing System
  • Tax Documents
  • Mortgage and Loan Documents
  • Vehicle Documents
  • Cards and Letters
  • Setting up a Temporary Paper Folder

Join the free Facebook Group for updates, accountability, and support!

Day 1

Day 1—Setup

Assess your current paper filling system if you have one. Is it working, does it need to be cleaned out, do you need to setup new folders? Remember that the best system is a simple one. For help getting setup check out this post from Harmony Seiter.

Once you have your folders started gather all your paper piles!

Day 2

Day 2—Taxes and Very Important Docs

Tax forms are those important legal documents that we are afraid of loosing should we get audited years later. But you don’t have to keep all your tax forms forever! According to the IRS, you should save your tax returns for 3 years from the date you file them. There are a few exceptions to this which you can read about on the IRS site.

So gather up all those dusty tax documents. File away the most recent 3 years worth of records and shred the rest. If you file your taxes online, you can just save a copy of them on your computer or external hard drive rather than a paper copy.

Once you have your tax documents in order, get your very important documents together. Very important documents include:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Social Security Cards

You may want to store these documents in a fire safe lock-box.

Day 3

Day 3- Mortgage and Loan Documents

If you own a home, have student loans, or other loans you should keep your promissory notes and loan documents until the loans are paid off. You don’t need to keep all of your monthly statements, those can be shredded each month after you pay them.

Create a file for each loan you have and file your loan documents there.

Day 4

Day 4 – Vehicle Records & Medical Records

Organize your car records into a file. You should keep your car’s pink slip, current registration, and any loan documents that pertain to your car. You should also keep your most recent smog test certification, You don’t need to keep all of your car maintenance receipts. If you really want to have a record of all your car’s maintenance try to make it digital. Scan in your receipts, or take photo’s of them and store them in a folder on your computer. If you are making car payments, you don’t need to keep all your monthly statements, just keep your original loan documents (digital copies of these would also be fine if you would like to scan them in).

Be sure to keep your car insurance card in your car. You can ask your insurance agent to email you a copy of your policy so that you can keep it as a file on your computer rather than keeping a paper file. If you do keep the paper copy of your insurance policy be sure it is the most recent copy and shred any expired policies.

Medical records are usually kept by your doctor’s office, but it’s important to keep your immunization record, current prescriptions, and allergy information.

Medical bills should be kept until paid. If you need your medical bills for tax records or a FLEX plan, keep them for up to 3 years with your tax records. Create a file for your medical records and file your current medical documents here. Toss old records that have been paid from previous years.

Keep your current medical insurance cards. If your insurance company has a website you can use this to find providers and toss the provider booklets that your insurance company sends you. You can also request that your policy be emailed to you so that you can save a digital copy of it rather than a cumbersome paper copy.

Day 5

Day 5- Rest

Take today to relax and take a break, or if you are behind you can use this day to catch up.

Day 6

Day 6 – Cards and Letters

Cards and letters fulfill their purpose the moment you read them. Cards are meant to convey a message, when you read them the message is conveyed, the thoughtfulness and love from the sender are felt. You needn’t keep cards and letters out of obligation.  You should keep them in a temporary folder until you have responded to them and then recycle them.

If you do come across cards that are particularly special you may want to save them. Check out this article for some ideas on how to pair down and preserve special cards.

Day 7

Day 7- Set up Your Temporary Paper Folder

Now that you have sorted and filed your important papers you can toss, shred, or recycle the rest. If you are getting rid of papers with personal information like your social security number or bank account number be sure to shred, tear, or scribble with sharpie over the numbers before recycling.

Now it is time to set up your temporary paper folder. This is the folder where you can put all of your incoming paperwork.

All you need is one folder. That’s it. Keep only one folder for paperwork you need to deal with. A vertical folder is best so that you can find what you need without going through the whole stack. Keep just one folder for paperwork and do your best to keep it as empty as possible. When you bring in the mail put the junk mail right in the trash. Bills or cards you need to respond to go in the folder. Once you pay the bills or respond to the notes, throw them out. Important documents that come through get filled in the appropriate folder of your important papers folder. Go through your temporary folder often.

Great job! You did it! Your organized your paper in 7 days!