Website Banner

Home In Order
March, 2012

It Just Keeps Coming!

(neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet...)   


Paper management is an issue in almost everyone's home these days. In spite of the increase in electronic communication, the amount of "snail mail" that comes into our homes has escalated tremendously in the past ten years. And, it comes every day, without fail! Having a system in place to deal with all of the paper when it comes into your home is the key to avoiding all of those paper piles that tend to obscure our kitchen countertops and dining room tables. Setting up a mail sorting station is an important component to managing incoming paper.


Your mail sorting station should be situated as closely as possible to the door in which you enter your home each night. If you have to make a major effort to get to your station - if it's in a remote, inaccessible space, it won't be used and will defeat the purpose of having one. In your sorting station, you will need a trash bin/recycling bin, a good, sturdy shredder (get one that will shred at least 12 - 15 sheets at once), and a basket, bin or paper tray for each member of the household.


When you enter your home each evening, mail in hand, take a few minutes to do a quick sort. You should immediately shred anything with financial or personal information (those credit card offers will have at least 3 - 4 sheets of paper folded over twice - hence the need for a sturdy shredder! It will save you time and effort if you don't have to open any junk mail before shredding it.) Toss anything else in the trash or recycling bin. If you are a catalog or magazine lover, have a basket into which those catalogs and magazines will immediately go, and limit the number you save to however many will fit into that basket. When the basket is full, it's time to either recycle the pile, or to stop saving them until you've read what you have! If you have accumulated more than three issues of a magazine without having had time to read them, then you need to consider canceling your subscription. You will save both time and money if you buy an occasional single issue when you do have time to read it, rather than having unread issues pile up, taking up space and wasting money (and causing you guilt in the process!)


After you've discarded the junk, sort what's left (only the important stuff!) into the baskets designated for each family member, delegating what needs to be taken care of by those folks to them. Anything that can be taken care of immediately in 5 minutes or less - like signing school permission slips - should be done right away. Any other papers that you need to take action on should be placed into your own assigned basket. Tackle this "in basket" on a regular basis - ideally for a few minutes every day, but at a minimum every three or four days. Putting in just a few minutes every day for paper maintenance really helps you stay on top of things and helps to prevent those paper piles.


For in-depth instruction on how to set up a household command center to deal with those important papers, how to set up a filing system, and more information on home paper management in general, register for my "Conquering Paper Clutter" workshop on March 29th. You will walk away from this hour and a half class armed with the tools to defeat those paper piles once and for all!



New to the Home In Order Newsletter?
Looking for more organizing tips?
to download free PDF tips sheets on dealing with paper clutter and more!

Like us on Facebook

For daily motivation, inspiration, events and product recommendations, check out my Facebook page for
Become a fan by clicking the "like" button, and be eligible for special offers. Share your own organizing successes and challenges. I love hearing from you!

join mailing list

Home In Order


See past newsletters  


Lisa S. Griffith
Lisa S. Griffith


 View our profile on LinkedIn Find us on Facebook  



PaperWorkshopNew Workshop! 

Conquering Paper Clutter 


Is the day-to-day influx of paper that comes into your home threatening to take over your living space and your life? In this workshop, Lisa will offer strategies that will help you organize that paper and gain control.

You will:

  • Learn how to establish a household information center that will keep important papers at your fingertips.
  • Find out how to manage incoming mail and other paperwork.
  • Discover what filing systems are available to help you retain and retrieve those important documents.
  • Be able to reclaim your kitchen countertop, dining room table, desktop, or any place that has become overwhelmed by paper clutter.

Workshop fee: $20 

Space is limited, so you must register in advance. To register, click here. 


Thursday, March 29, 2012

6:30 - 8:00 pm

East Bay Chamber of Commerce

16 Cutler St.

Warren, RI



Get Your Home IN ORDER

Free Seminar 

Want to get organized, but don't know where to start? Come to this workshop by professional organizer Lisa Griffith of The Organized Way, and discover the IN ORDER system for getting your home organized.

You will:

  • Learn Lisa's signature IN ORDER system so that you will be able to start the organizing process quickly and easily.
  • Discover how to organize your home so that you can feel confident that you will find WHAT you need WHEN you need it.
  • Stop wasting time and money due to disorganization and start focusing on what's important to you and your life.

Monday, March 19, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Weaver Memorial Library

41 Grove Ave.

E. Providence, RI 



Making Your Kitchen Work:

Kitchen Organizing Secrets from a Professional Organizer

Free Seminar 

  • Find out how to organize your kitchen tools and your food supplies so that you can find what you need when you need it.
  • Save money and improve nutrition by cutting back on take-out meals because you will be able to plan and prepare meals in less time and with less hassle.
  • Discover the best organizing tools and systems for the kitchen so that you can purchase what will make your kitchen work.

Learn how to make your kitchen a streamlined and efficient space so that you can reduce your stress and enjoy your time with your family in the heart of your home!


Monday, April 2, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 pm 

Weaver Memorial Library

41 Grove Ave.

E. Providence, RI




Clearing out the clutter and want to help make a young woman's big night more special? Drop off your used (in good condition) prom dress at any Cardi's Furniture Store between now and April 15th to participate in the 4th annual "Cinderella Swap."
For more details, go to the Cinderella Swap website.

Free shredding, donations welcome.
Saturday, April 28, 2012

9 am - 12 noon
Barrington Christian Academy
9 Old County Rd.
Barrington, RI

In order, in joy, 



Lisa S. Griffith
The Organized Way
Office: 401-484-5028
Mobile: 401-529-1674