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Create a Center for Paperwork

Organize Information Central, a designated location for mail handling, paying bills, clipping coupons, filing chores, business and social correspondence.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Information Central's focus is all aspects of your household paper handling: bills to budgets, grocery lists to tax preparation. The specified location of Information Central will vary according to your family's needs, but all home information centers need to have access to:

  • Telephone
  • Household Notebook
  • Address book
  • Calendar
  • Calculator
  • Rolling file cart or file drawers
  • Action file or in-and-out tray

A designated desk is ideal; it provides appropriate workspace and storage for the jobs handled at Information Central. If the family owns a computer, add it to the center or locate it in a nearby spot. A document shredder is a smart addition. Use it to shred bank records, junk mail and credit card applications to help protect against financial loss and identity theft.

In tight quarters, one end of a kitchen table can serve as Information Central, with supplies stored in a nearby drawer and paperwork kept in a rolling file cart beneath the table.

Finally, Information Central requires these tools and supplies for quick and easy paper handling:

  • Supply of extra file folders
  • Extra hanging files
  • Stapler
  • Cellophane tape
  • Paper clips
  • Sticky notes
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Stationery or letterhead
  • Greeting cards
  • Stamps
  • Mailing supplies
  • Scissors

Use Information Central to handle all your paperwork at home. Clip and file coupons. Balance the checkbook. Pay the bills. File your tax information and insurance forms. Answer your correspondence and send greeting cards. Mail a letter. Information Central is the one-stop location to tackle paper chores, filing and financial tasks.

Finally, make it comfortable. A supportive chair and good lighting make Information Central a pleasant place to work.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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