- Things to do - anything that will require immediate or near future attention, such as: paperwork to return to the doctor or lab, catalog or online ordering paperwork, UPS return labels....even a blank thank you note or two could be stored here for quick use! Don't we always have someone to thank for something!?
- Things to discuss - anything that requires a decision to be made that is not quite ready for action yet. Pamphlet on upcoming changes in insurance, new car brochure, possible future purchase details...
- Bills to pay - monthly statements as they come in should be opened, take out the trash and store the actual bill and envelope for those that are not paid online or by auto-draft
- Recipes - this is the perfect place to put them until trying them and then putting them in their permanent spot (that’s a whole other blog entry!)
- School - directories and phone books, forms that need to be filled out such as upcoming school pix, fundraiser flyers....
- Church - directory/phone books, extra donation slips, upcoming events flyers, assignments
- Work - work related papers that need easy access, may need to be returned, such as insurance forms
- Your name - this is for YOUR active paperwork, things that you don’t want to file away permanently but you need Q&E access to and to KNOW where it is
- Your spouse - This is a marriage saver! When your spouse leaves someone’s business card or some important gum wrapper with an irreplaceable phone number written on the kitchen counter, on the floor, by the TV, wherever, you place it in his file. When he says, "Hon, did you see that business card anywhere?" You open the file and hand it to him, assuring yourself a wonderful, reward for being such an efficient and wonderful wife!
- Each of your children’s names - Papers, specific to the individual child, that need to be returned to the school, church, doctor; permission slips....things that need retrieval. This is not for storing the entire years artwork and 100% scored spelling tests. It’s also a great place to keep the lists of their soccer team members, the cheer squad parents, teachers’ class rules that need to be referred to often.
- Things to file - this is the file for anything that needs to be moved to the permanent files. This file is the most important file to keep on top of or you will soon not be able to fit anything else into the other files because this one is so full!
- Projects/Upcoming Events - Tickets, paint or fabric swatches, projects and things that you are in the middle of but that don’t yet require their own file
- Coupons - Junk mail days may delight you with these, but this file needs to be maintained at a high level!
- Receipts - keep all receipts and warranty papers here UNTIL filing day.
- Genealogy Basics - the last and most important file... call this one what ever you want but don’t call it what it really is...your mini-desk. I call mine Genealogy Basics in 20 years, no one has ever had any desire to look inside of it! Inside this file, you don’t actually file things, but you store things for your convenience! Keep a few envelopes, a pad of paper, a book of stamps, a zip lock bag with some paperclips, a pack of sticky notes and any other frequently used office supplies in this file. Not so many things that the file needs to be a drawer. Just a few things to save a few steps when you are managing your paper! As long as no one looks in this file and as long as you keep it well stocked, you are in good shape to be able to manage your paperwork, quickly and with ease!
The important thing to remember about this system is that it is your ACTIVE filing system. Store it where you will use it. And USE IT! If you are keeping up on it, it will not be unsightly and overflowing with papers. ONLY open your mail when you are near this file. If you store it in the office and open your mail in the kitchen, the mail will never make it to the file. ONLY HANDLE PAPERWORK ONCE, if at all possible! If your child brings home a permission slip, rather than placing it on the desk where he emptied his backpack, put it immediately into his file. Then three weeks later, when you need it, it’s right where you want it to be. No frantic ripping through the house five minutes as the school bus is coming around the corner!
Whenever ANY piece of paper enters the house, put it into the file or put it into the trash! As your children empty backpacks with 15 completed assignments, look at them, give lots of praise and toss them directly into the trash. If it’s something magnificent that they think they need to keep forever, place it in the permanent school collectible storage spot. (Hey! Another future blog entry!) But, don’t let that paper build up. When it’s junk mail day, go through it immediately and toss everything that you possibly can. If you have a great dinner coupon, store it in the coupon file. If there’s a carpet cleaner advertisement that you may want to try, put it in the things to do. If your husband brings home a 1" stack of paperwork regarding your new insurance or investment portfolio, this is not the place to put them. Those go into your permanent files. HANDLE EVERY PAPER THAT ENTERS YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY! Do NOT sit it down anyplace other than where it belongs!
To manage this temporary filing system, you need a set day for paperwork. It can be weekly or bi-weekly. Annually won’t cut it! ;) Pay day is my paperwork day. On paperwork day, pull out your file box and go through each and every file. Pay your bills. Go through Things to do file. Have you done what needs to be done. Are you still going to do these things? If not, toss it. Empty your file by taking action or tossing it! "Things to discuss" papers need to be discussed and filed or tossed. If you’ve not gotten around to discussing what that door to door salesman left for you to review since last paperwork day, you probably aren’t all that interested in the first place. Toss those papers! Remember, most things like this can be retrieved online if you really need them. New recipes should be incorporated into your menu and put in their permanent home or tossed if you really aren’t going to get around to it. How many times have you found a forgotten recipe far from your kitchen? If if sounds great, try it, try it fast! Then file it or trash it! Coupons need to be used or tossed. Check dates on them and make sure you aren’t wasting space to store coupons that expired two years ago! Receipts should be filed on paperwork day either by category or by month in a separate place, so that they can be retrieved if needed, quickly. Don't take up precious space storing unnecessary papers - that would be precious space in your mind or in your home! Why have to worry about remembering where you put things? If they are all kept together in the file, you don't have to give it another thought until you need it! Generously toss everything possible!
Items like directories and phone lists are perfectly stored in this active file and you’ll not find yourself wasting time looking for the same things over and over again. This whole process of paperwork takes about five to ten minutes, aside from paying your bills. It’s well worth the time spent to keep on top of it and you won’t find your counters, shelves, speakers, tables or anything flat covered with annoying papers. It may not work for everyone but it’s a tried and truly successful plan for this house and many others over the years! Rather than spending the emotional and physical energy in search of what matters while sorting through what doesn’t, get on top and stay of top of your flat surface disease today! Don’t agonize, organize! ANYONE can do this! Hope it helps!
–James E. Faust, “Obedience: The Path to Freedom”, May 1999 Ensign
-1 Cup Chocolate chips
-2 Cups Marshmallows
-2 Tablespoons Milk
-1 cup measuring cup
-1 tablespoon measuring spoon
Step 1: Melt the Chips
Measure out one cup of your chocolate chips and place them in a saucepan. Melt the chips over medium heat while stirring.
Step 2: Add the Milk
Add two tablespoons of milk to the saucepan, and stir the milk into the chocolate. Also, preheat your oven to broil.
Step 3: Melt the Marshmallows
Once the chips are melted add one cup of marshmallows to the saucepan. Melt the marshmallows into the melted chocolate while stirring.
Step 4: Move to Oven-safe Dish
When the marshmallow and chocolate mixture is runny, pour the mixture into a small oven-safe dish
Step 6: Brown the Marshmallows
Place the dish into the oven for about three minutes or until the marshmallows are golden-brown. While the dish is in the oven break the graham crackers into dippable pieces.