I wish I could find the words to tell you just how much reading Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler has changed my life and household management! It has been such an exciting transformation and came at a time when simplifying was much needed.
I knew I needed to do something different because the clutter of my notes and binders was overwhelming and not functional in the least, but I had no idea how to make it work any better. In fact, my binders were literally collecting dust on top of the refrigerator. The only household binder that saw regular use was my Blogging Notebook, and even that I was finding increasingly useless.
When Mystie contacted me about reviewing her ebook Paperless Home Organization, I thought it was definitely worth it to look into something else. Little did I know how much it would revolutionize the way I manage my home!
The ebook opens with these words:
“I have put together at least three household management binders in my 11-year career as a homemaker to date. All three times I thought it through, made it well, and used it
for about 2 weeks.”
Mystie goes on to say how paper never stays pretty in her home and she hated to give up space to a binder (in my case, several binders). She had me nodding my head and anxious to keep reading to learn the secret of making a functional binder.
Before I go any further, I want to be completely upfront and honest. I did not implement everything Mystie suggested nor did I end up using every program she used. What Paperless Home Organization taught me were the skills I needed to take her method and make it my own.
For instance, it taught me how to make Gmail work more efficiently. For years, I’ve had people tell me I needed to set up filters, mark my emails, and organize them accordingly, but no one told me how, and no one had instructions and specific steps I needed to take to make this work as a homemaker. With Mystie’s guidance, I finally got my email under control!
She also taught me how to organize Evernote so it made sense and worked for my homemaking needs. I’ve been using Evernote for quite a while, but I wasn’t proficient at it. I knew I was missing a big chunk of what it could do, but I didn’t know how to remedy that. Paperless Home Organization answered that for me!
It also made sense of Google Calendar. I was randomly inputting things in my calendar, but once again, never using it the way it was meant to be used. Boy, was I missing the amazing power of this tool!
And finally, it gave me the confidence to step out on my own and make these online tools work for me as a streamlined home management system! I made meal plans that can be archived and revisited instead of the endless pieces of paper I was throwing away week after week. I link my menus to the actual websites where the recipes are and have those menus available from my computer, iPad, and phone. I set up folders for all the Trim Healthy Mama recipes I find on Facebook and through friends that are not pinnable to Pinterest. When we were house hunting, I compiled everything in Evernote as I browsed from my computer at home and made them available to my husband on his phone via the Evernote app. I share my calendar with my husband and kids, and I have created reminders to keep me on track.
I am still tweaking and I have revisited Mystie’s ebook several times along the way, but I finally feel like I have a system that works for me. Mystie is the first one to admit this way of managing your home isn’t frilly and pretty, but it also isn’t collecting dust the way my frilly and pretty binders were. I’d encourage you to check out Paperless Home Organization today and consider if this is something that would help out your homemaking!
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