Tame Paper Clutter with a Tablet

This month was a hectic one… travelling the length and the breadth of the country, attending college counselling sessions with our son. Home front and blogging has suffered but I am not complaining, this is a significant phase in our lives…and we were prepared for it. Now that everything is settled I can get back to what I love doing- taking care of my home, enjoying my job and blog! While filling up umpteen number of application forms, I realized what a valuable asset my tablet is!  It is advised to retain a photocopy of the filled-up application (even the online ones were to be printed and sent by post, one has to retain that copy too). I never kept a photocopy of any of them, I simply took  pictures of them or scanned them with my tablet! All applications are neatly stored in my tab for printing/  e-mailing or for a quick reference. Here is an example of one of them!

Having told you all that, I’m very excited to announce that I would be sharing a series of fortnightly posts to tell you what all I do to simplify my life, my home and my blogging experiences with my Dell Venue 8 tablet. Starting with, how I tame paper clutter with a tablet. First &  foremost, de-clutter and segregate all important documents that are to be stored in a safe, moisture proof/ fireproof vault/, cabinet. And get rid of old inapplicable papers/documents. Some of the important documents, for a safe storage, could be your:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Degrees, Certificate & Diplomas
  • Power of Attorney/legal contracts
  • Leases/Deeds etc.

And just about anything else you need to keep safe. I don’t think anyone would like to get into the portals of ‘babus’ for a re-issue /duplicate, should you ever lose them. I wouldn’t! Once is enough! So, store the originals well, keep the photocopies safe and scan and store on devices (as well as online). For the sake of privacy I won’t be sharing how I store all my docs on my tablet! But I am giving you an idea.

Although everybody at home has their own tab (all different brands) I am in love with my Dell Venue 8 tablet! Trying to tame the paper clutter has always been a daunting task. I used to do it the old-school way, of filing it in binders/folders, but there comes a point when you have to decide what stays and what does not… I’ve successfully reduced most of our files into one cabinet of our desk. But that does not mean the paper trail for documentation would ever stop and what do you do when you are on the move and you need to have just about everything and anything ?! I follow a simple solution, I scan most of my documents with my tablet and store it in folders for easy access(although I do keep an online/ slave drive back-up).

I especially scan the shopping receipts whose ink fades in a matter of days… this is what I mean.

This way if I want to return something, I don’t hunt for a faded receipt, as I know where to find it… on my tablet! And it won’t be a faded one!

I am a ‘visual+spatial+kinesthetic’ learner (yeah I took the Howard Gardner’s- theory of multiple intelligences test!), I heavily rely on visual aids for inspiration. Whenever I come across something appealing I capture it with my camera, I sometimes make a quick sketch or I scan it. Earlier all of it was scattered- some on my camera, my phone and/or on my desktop/laptop. Now I have it all on my tablet- to keep me organized, sorted and inspired…all on a big 8” HD screen! Getting rid of my magazine collection was difficult as I enjoy skimming through old magazine for reference/inspiration.

Tame paper clutter with a tablet

Tame paper clutter with a tablet

Finally, I got rid of the huge stack but not before I scanned everything that I wanted! All the tutorials, craft ideas,  recipes, inspiration boards and all other eye candy!

I have so much of free space in my desk cabinet now!  And look how beautifully it is stored on my tablet, readily available for all the inspiration I need!

My Dell tablet is my constant companion as it is something I can always carry in my purse (it’s super slim), it works as my camera, my scribble pad, my storage device, my book reader, my blog buddy, my play station, my window to the world, my organizer, my phone and of course my home office!

What is your constant companion or your work horse? How do you tame paper clutter at home?

(This is a sponsored post but all opinions/views/experiences are 100% mine. I would not endorse something unless I really liked it/ tried it/ believed in it. To read my complete disclosure policy click here.)

Linking up with: Redoux InteriorsMiss Mustard SeedFunky JunkNifty Thrifty Things,The Foley FamThe TablescaperBorn Again Farm Girl

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Recycle Plastic Bottles

The serial hoarder in me is driving hubby and children nuts. I completely disagree with them; rather, I would say it is achieving newer heights… by heights I mean this!!

I hoard them because I believe, someday, I might hit upon an idea to recycle plastic bottles into something home worthy…how and when?  I do not know! ‘When are you going to recycle them, questioned the members of the ‘home council’? Do something or lose them.’ Before I could reply, I was slapped with an ultimatum! How cruel is that?!

Okay, here is a secret confession… they are right! The stack is growing bigger by the day. It is occupying precious space. And it looks unsightly. Does it look familiar? Oh… the ultimatum was, either we should stop entertaining our guests or I should do something about it ASAP! Choosing the latter seemed like a better idea, although hubby and children unanimously decided to get rid of the bottles by selling it to the ‘Raddiwala Bhaiya’ (at least he would recycle them), if I didn’t do anything about it by the coming Sunday.

At this very moment I have dropped everything else only to deal with this crises at home and Save the World (I mean the bottle stack!). For the world – this is how you can recycle plastic bottles 🙂

Turn them into hanging planters! Since I was trying out an idea, I started with five bottles (later on it came down to four, as I ran out of raffia). Using a pen knife, cut the bottles as shown and fill it up with potting mixture. Poke a few holes for drainage.

Use any rope/cord to make this hanger, I used raffia (‘sutli’). I knotted the raffia in loops, no macramé (remember, I was in hurry to prove a point!). You can pretty this up, if you know macramé. I am happy to continue with simple knots along the length of the raffia (which was a collection of four cords), it saves me time.

I used cuttings of plants from my garden, the ones which root easily(and are difficult to kill!).

Lastly, tied some twigs and branches together to add a little visual accent to my recycled plastic bottle hanging garden!

Easy peasy! I am already making a couple of more for the other columns in the balcony, perhaps a hanging kitchen-herb garden? or a succulent one? At least for now I have everybody off my back! And I saved my stack!

Would you like to see how I recycle cardboard boxes?  Turn them into gorgeous organizing boxes for your home, check out my post DIY Boxes for Organizing.

 

 

Linking up with: Redoux InteriorsMiss Mustard SeedFunky JunkNifty Thrifty Things,The Foley FamThe TablescaperBorn Again Farm Girl

The Heart of Your HomeDIY Showoff, Creating My Way to SuccessI Should be Mopping the FloorThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my Lou A Blossoming Life

Sugar Bee CraftsThe Recipe CriticNap Time CreationsA Bowl Full of Lemons,Cooking Mimi, My Uncommon Slice of SurburbiaI Gotta CreateLou Lou Girls

House on the Way, Ginger Snap Crafts, Oh My CreativeSomeday CraftsNot Just a Housewife  

The Newlywed PilgrimageBeyond the Picket Fence, 733 Blog, Marigolds’ Loft, Simply Dream & Create, Seven Alive, Live Laugh Rowe, A Creative Princess, Glued to my Crafts

A Glimpse InsidePut a Bird on itKrafty CardsThe Charm of HomeMy Romantic Home, NancherrowThirty Handmade DaysAngels Homestead My Turn for Us City of Creative Dreams Tidy MomThe Bold AbodeBeacon Time with the Hungry HippoMommy on DemandMamas Blog CentralDear Creatives

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Photography Styling Challenge

As I sat writing for the last theme for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I look back only to realize how far I’ve come in terms of styling and staging. I still have a long way to go but I know I am getting there, slowly and steadily…with a treasure of inspiration, tips and tricks from this challenge and from my fellow bloggers. This being the last month of the challenge, M chose the theme- ‘Personal’. And oh boy! Have I gone crazy? Trying to put my finger on what I should choose for the theme. Every single day (for the past one month) I woke up with a different theme in my head and by day end I didn’t find it fitting the bill (or the styling)…till a few days back when I was re-arranging hubby’s almirah, I finally found what I wanted to project as personal… but then again, it took a completely a different turn with our GSD ‘Don’ trying to be a part of the shoot! I will come to that part later…

So, here is my take on Photography Styling Challenge #12- Personal

With due permissions in place from the hubby, I chose to style and stage my shoot with hubby’s Uniform accessories! The epaulets, insignia, ribbons, medals, badges etc. all very personal to him for every tenure/year he has put in the service of the nation.

He has saved all of his uniform accessories till date, even the redundant ones. Maybe I ‘ll turn them into a DIY statement piece someday (with due permissions of course!).

These are his things… up, close and absolutely personal…including our German Shepherd, Don, who decided to be a part of the shoot as he got mighty curious to know what was I up to with his master’s belongings!

Don is as possessive about his master and his belongings as is his master about him! I wanted to use hubby’s shoes as part of staging for the photo shoot but Don got a little too possessive about them… with a little chiding from me and a some cajoling from the children he decided to give me a decent pose with the shoes! Mission accomplished!

By the way he is the oldest member of our family; he will turn 10 in September this year, which are 70 in human years. No disrespecting senior citizens in our home! So, if he wanted to be a part of the shoot…no one says no to Don!

To the other participants’ photography styling challenge and staging, click on the following links!

Redesigned By M

At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

Coconut Craze

To check out my previous Photography challenge Click Here.

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