As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’re doing some major simplifying around our house. One of the problems we’ve had over the years is stacks of paper. Junk mail and non-junk mail and magazines will be piled up in at least three different places in the house. Those stacks will get combined and make a giant stack that we’ll put off going through because it will take an hour.
When I made the mail holder from a cereal box, that became our bill organizer, so when bills come in the mail, they go directly into it. We still had a problem with the rest of the mail and papers though.
I’ve read lots of suggestions to keep a garbage can by the front door so junk mail can go directly into it, but so much of our junk mail needs to be shredded first.
So, how could we keep a paper shredder at the front door and not let ruin the decor?
First thought, was of course, spray painting it. But, while it wouldn’t have been as noticeable, it still would have looked like a paper shredder. So, then I thought about wrapping it in fabric or twine (like this), but then we’d still have the issue of the plastic bag hanging out around the edges. Ew.
We needed to hide the paper shredder. A basket! And just like that, I found this one at the thrift shop. And it was the perfect size! (You can get a similar one new for only $13.) (Affiliate link.)
Of course, I was hoping for rattan or seagrass or anything prettier than wicker, but I can’t always have everything. Besides, it was only $6. Immediately upon getting home, I spray painted it my favorite cool gold (the same as the lamps).
Now, as soon as junk mail comes in the door, it goes straight into the shredder.
When a catalog comes in, I flip through it right there at the front door. If there is nothing I’m interested in, it goes into the basket to be recycled with the paper shreds at the end of the week. If there is something I like, I take it straight to the computer, look up the item online, pin it to a Pinterest board and then recycle the catalog.
We’ve been using it for a week now, and there hasn’t been a stray piece of paper to be seen in the house. Success!