If you have the tendency to collect piles of junk mail, receipts, bills, reminders and lists, you certainly aren’t alone. Many people know that paper clutter can quickly stack up and make for an extremely messy and cluttered home. Even worse, losing track of important paperwork can lead to missed appointments and unpaid bills. But, have no fear. These tips will help you keep your paper clutter in check on a regular basis!
1. Be Proactive
Letting all of your paper sit and accumulate can result in a overwhelmingly large stack to sort through. Instead of having to face a mountain-sized heap of neglected paperwork, be proactive about continuously sorting through your papers. If you don’t have the time to tackle your paper clutter on a daily basis, set aside an hour or so each week to sift through that week’s documents and decide what to file, what to respond to and what to toss. It may seem like a hassle, but it will save you a headache in the long run.
2. Designate an Area
Life can get busy, and you may not always have the time to tackle your paper in a prompt and timely manner. To avoid having random stacks covering your entire house, designate a specific spot for all of the papers you can’t currently deal with. Set a paper tray or file bin out on your kitchen counter, and use it to collect all of your paper clutter until you’re ready to sort through it. That way you’re left with one pile to look through, rather than eight. Plus, nothing will get lost in the shuffle!
3. Create a Filing System
Undoubtedly, there are many important papers that you’ll need to hang on to, and creating a filing system is crucial for keeping all of your significant documents organized. Invest in a small filing cabinet or file boxes, as well as some file folders, to neatly store all of your necessary papers. Sort them into categories that make sense to you, so that you can always easily locate your tax information, registrations, confirmations and keepsakes.
4. Invest in a Shredder
Chances are you’ll also come across some paperwork that you don’t need to keep. But, you shouldn’t just toss out any papers that contain confidential or personal information. Purchase a paper shredder so that you can securely discard the papers that include this sort of information. If you don’t have a huge amount of shredding to do on a regular basis, a good ol’ fashioned pair of scissors will also do the trick for safely throwing out personal documents!
If you don’t keep up with it, paper clutter can quickly take over and blanket your entire home. Keep these tips in mind in order to address your paperwork problem and tackle those piles once and for all!
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