Organize Your Home: Paper Clutter

Organize Your Home: Paper Clutter

Find quick tips to bring more simplicity to your life – and get rid of paper clutter.

By: The Daily Clutch

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Paper Problems


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Piles of paper can be a challenge throughout the home. “Paper is a big problem for a lot of people,” Adams said. “I’m sure that people tend to have a fear of letting go with paper. They’re afraid they’ll miss something important.” Instead important and unimportant items are mixed together creating chaos.

  • Deal with Mail Daily. “It’s really a great idea to have a designated spot for opening the mail,” Adams says. If it’s not important, it goes in the trash.
  • Try Paperless. Receive your statement notices via email, and pay the bills online to eliminate the paper clutter.
  • File Immediately. Since you should only keep papers that require action or need to be kept as a record, have a folder designated for each category and file as soon as the task is completed.
  • Don’t Save Magazines. 
If there is an idea you simply must try, and it’s not online, tear it out of the magazine, pin it on a board to use immediately, or file it. Then recycle the publication.

As with all organizational systems, the key piece to making any of them work is developing habits. If you focus on following through, the actions will become second nature, ultimately saving you valuable time and money.

Looking for other organization ideas? Check out the rest of our Organize Your Home series: Kitchen, Entryway, Laundry, Bathroom and Clutter, written by Amy Grisak, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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