I have several new paper management clients and after working with them on setting up a paper organizing system that is no-fuss and easy to maintain, we were left with a lot of paper that needs to be shredded. If you are in the same situation keep alert for free shreds that will be cropping up in the Fall. There is a free one on Sunday, the 28th from noon - 5:00, at Shred Station Express, 5604 General Washington Drive, and it looks like the first 4 boxes are free.
I guess paper has been on my mind a lot lately as I've coached my 10 year old son to get his desk in his room homework ready for the start of school after Labor Day. He had a huge backlog of school papers, notebooks and other school memorabilia, not only from the last school year, but from his 3rd grade year, and he was reluctant to let a lot of it go. We talked about keeping the gems and letting go a lot of the worksheets, quizzes and tests. I explained to him that paper has a way of taking over a desk if a logical system isn't set up. We made sure he has all of his homework supplies and folders and empty shelves to hold his papers and notebooks for this year. Now they'll have a fighting chance of staying on his desk instead of the floor.
Going shopping for school supplies is a great opportunity to not only get what is needed for school, but to look over your homework area(s) in your home to make sure they are homework ready.
Another thing, if you want to do a quick purge of your home of household items and toys that are no longer needed, drop them off at Good Shepherd Catholic Church by early next week for their huge Community Yard Sale on Labor Day, September 5th, from 12-6 p.m. The Community Yard Sale is part of the larger International Festival that benefits local citizens in need. Enjoy this last week of August and your Labor Day Weekend.