As promised we are going to be blogging a lot this year on streamlining. I have felt the overwhelm of paper, lists, calendars, apps etc., etc., for too long and decided that this is the year to do something about it. I have made a commitment to streamline my life, starting with paper. There simply is way too much of it floating around my life. For those of you who don't know me, I am not gifted in the organization department whatsoever...there is absolutely nothing "Martha Stewart-y" about me. In order to be organized I have to be strategic and purposeful. With 4 little people and a husband who is every bit as beautifully scattered as I am, this is going to take work. I am convinced however that once, systems are in put in place, things will get better. I won't relent until they do. So come along on the journey with me to a simpler more streamlined life.
I have learned that clutter makes me on edge. It definitely bogs me down and since we're working on a culture of freedom, I knew it was time to do something about it. One of my pet peeves is lists and papers, stuffed in drawers, on the kitchen table, on the desk, in my coat pocket. So this is what I did and it is working beautifully, so far.
REPLACE LISTS WITH CHALKBOARDS AND YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA
We placed this chalkboard sticker on the inside of our pantry door. (I purchased it just before Christmas at Homesense. The American version of that store is HomeGoods, for about $15, I think). Using chalkboard paint could definitely work too. Whenever we realize that we are out of something we need, anyone can add it to the list. Before I go grocery shopping, I snap a pic of the chalkboard and off I go. Once, I'm done my shopping I delete the pic and it's as if it never happened. Perfect! No more sticking my hand in my jacket pockets or purses and finding old lists. If I am out and haven't taken a picture of the chalkboard, I get whoever is home to text it to me.
USE AN APP TO STORE RECEIPTS
My new practice is also to take a picture of the receipt and email it directly into my Evernote account. In there, I can file it under receipts and refer to it for budgeting, tax purposes, whatever. If you haven't heard of Evernote, it's an awesome app that I am just getting the hang of. I downloaded it quite a while ago, because I had heard so much about it. At first glance it seemed like just a glorified version of Notes. That was until I decided to get an ebook on how it could help me become paperless. So far so good. The only thing is, I am not sure that if I needed to return something, how a pic of a receipt rather than the original copy holds up? If you have any answers to that I'd love to know. Comment below or on our facebook page.