I don't know about you but I seem to have piles of paper everywhere! I find it on my breakfast bar, kitchen table, desk, china hutch, next to my bed and anywhere else that is flat! A good friend of mine decided to tackle hers and long story short her idea was just brilliant. I decided to borrow her idea and custom fit it to my family. It helps you stay organized, lets your kiddos know exactly where to find their "stuff" and gives you a brag board without overwhelming your fridge.
So how do I take that chaos and get it to where everyone has a "landing zone" for their papers? All it takes is some corkboard and some mailboxes! I also used some fabric and used my reorganization time to redecorate my mudroom and laundry room! I found some laundry themed decor at a garage sale $10 and bought a gallon of bright sunshine yellow paint! The room was so dark it needed brightening. I used primary colors for my boards but you can use whatever fits your theme, decor..etc. Just make sure it fits you and that you make it easy to use for your family.
You want to find a cork board that fits your space, my space was divided by a bathroom door while Peggy had a nice large open space. She was able to find a large corkboard at a hardware store, I found little squares of corkboard on clearance at Jo-Ann Fabrics. We both covered our corkboards with fabric to match our decor. She just bought a yard of a fun fabric, I bought 4 fat quarters in the same color family. To cover your corkboards just lay the fabric down with the wrong side up and the right side laying on the floor/table depending on your workspace. I stapled mine for added security but you can glue around the edges. For the larger boards I suggest getting some help, to keep the fabric tight.
The next step is finding mailboxes that work for your family, there are lots of options, Peggy and I both found some on clearance at Jo-Ann fabrics in a fun locker style, but there are simpler ones or more complex ones depending on what you are looking for, you can even go super mom and craft your own out of scrapbooking supplies and cereal boxes. I like my locker style ones because they are metal and I have a magnetic clip stuck to each one for little slips of paper that get lost in a mailbox, but that could be easily remedied with a cereal box if you use a binder clip stuck on the edge. I have one mailbox for each person.
Next, hang your board and mailboxes in a configuration that works for your space and family, I have parents on top and kiddos underneath, low enough for my 5yo. Peggy put all her girls along the bottom while the parents stacked up on the side. We both have key hangers and a calendar. The calendar is pretty key and mine is not pictured, having the calendar gives you a landing zone for those little reminders you get and you can highlight big important things. It also lets you see who is where when trying to plan some family time. I use google calendar as well but it doesn't have anywhere for those little business cards.
Now is the toughest part yet, go through every paper pile in your house, if it belongs to someone put it in their mailbox, then you can file your receipts, throw the junk away and recycle the papers that are outdated. It took me days to do this but the end result is so worth it. Now I come home and sort the mail into the mailboxes. The kids sort their mail into the boxes, things like lunch calendars and reading logs they keep along with practice schedules. I have somewhere to hang my keys and the corkboard serves as a brag board for A papers and awards as well as dry cleaning slips and other reminders. Our calendar is easy as well, we simply come in and pin the reminder card up write our info into the appropriate day. At the beginning of the month I go through and update our google calendar and make sure all appointments have been written onto the calendar and that their are no conflicts. It only takes me about 30 min a month to go through and tidy up and do the calendar check.