Overwhelmed by paper clutter? Here’s your declutter paper master plan to get rid of those paper piles for good!
Here’s some clever ways for organizing paper clutter at home – even if you have YEARS of paperwork or TONS of mail, bills and paper CLUTTER. Let’s take a look at some home organization hacks for organizing paperwork and paper clutter organization tips and tricks. Finally, eliminate paper clutter with these paper clutter solutions.
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Did you know there is a system to totally removing paper clutter from your life? It’s pretty simple, too! Let’s talk about the easiest way to declutter your paper clutter and KEEP it that way.
Paper Clutter Organization
Ah, paper clutter – how I hate thee!
No matter what I do, that paper clutter seems to take on a life of its own and GROW to massive proportions.
All those coupons and bills and magazines and advertisements and school papers and… and… and… ugh!
There was some study that said we are 85% more objective with other people’s problems than with our own.
Which explains why when I go to my friend’s house, I can easily help HER clear out her paper clutter – but at MY house, I just get stuck.
In the past, I tended to get attached to stuff and had some sort of irrational fear of throwing stuff out.
But that all changed when I watched these 2 quick videos below that showed me how to deal with overwhelming paper clutter and set up a paperwork system that really works.
What Papers To Keep & What To Throw Away
In this first video, let’s talk about what paper clutter to keep – and what you can safely throw away. Dawn has a great theory and “barometer” for handling all the paper clutter that comes into our lives on a daily basis.
We will discuss common paper clutter such as store flyers, grocery coupons, owner’s manuals, important documents, insurance policies, magazines, receipts, bills, kids artwork, food coupons, etc etc and how to remove that paper clutter from your life.
How To Organize Paper Clutter
Now, let’s talk about the paper clutter you have left and what to DO to organize that paper clutter.
My House Was a MESS!
And my anxiety was through the roof!
I needed a plan to get it together - it was all pushing me over the edge.
Thing is - we LIVE here... I never had the fantasy that my home would ever look "Pinterest perfect".
I simply wanted more control, less clutter and much less anxiety.
I finally found something that worked for ME.
- My house is now easier to clean - I can now clean it in minutes, instead of hours.
- I can now actually FIND the things I'm looking for.
- I learned some simple decluttering systems that make me much more efficient every day - and I'm more relaxed and less overwhelmed all the time (finally)
- My house now looks pretty darn good almost all the time.
- Best of all - I no longer stress about guests unexpectedly showing up.
This is how I did it.
How To STOP Paper Clutter
Once you’ve taken control of your existing paper clutter piles, it’s now time to STOP future paper clutter from entering your home and turning into PILES again.
Here are 4 simple steps to stop paper clutter from building up in your home in the future:
Step One – Set up your “home mail management” station.
Designate ONE spot in your home for important mail and papers.
Have easy access to a stapler, a letter opener, a trash can, a recycling bin and a shredder.
Step Two – Declutter Mail BEFORE You Walk in the House
Declutter your daily mail by your outside trash can BEFORE entering your home.
Browse your mail for unwanted magazines, flyers, advertisements, credit card offers etc etc ETC and throw all that clutter away.
Step Three – Handle Only the Papers That Matter
Shred credit card offers,
put appointments in your calendar,
file important documents you might need later,
only keep the coupons you will actually use, etc.
Step Four – Stop Future Junk Mail
If you want to stop paper clutter and mail that you never use or want:
To stop magazines call their 800 number, email or visit their website.
To stop credit card offers call 1-888-5 OPT OUT (888-567-8688) or http://www.optoutprescreen.com.
To get only what you want in your mailbox: https://www.dmachoice.org
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