Does paper seem like it multiplies in your home? Is it covering the counters or hidden away in drawers? Today we’re going to work on decluttering the paperwork and mail.
This is a big job, so take it one chunk at a time. If you can only declutter 15 minutes worth today, start on it and come back to it as you have spare time.
Let’s start with the junk. Grab a pile of papers and throw out all the coupons, flyers and junk mail. What happens if you need them? Well, if you decide to eat at Steak ‘n Shake this week, it’ll cost you an extra $1.50. Don’t let what-ifs get in the way of clearing this clutter.
Next, handle newspapers and magazines. Chances are if you have not read it yet, you won’t. Give yourself a pass and put them in the recycle. You can tackle the next issue with renewed vigor.
On to the “important” papers. Cynthia Ewer, author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Organized, has a free step-by-step article on setting up a filing system for your home, including what to do with receipts, kids’ artwork and the daily bills.
Some experts suggest setting a rule that you will only touch a piece of paper once. As soon as you get it, act on it, delegate it, file it or throw it out. To see how much time you’re wasting shuffling papers around from one place to another without taking action, try this exercise.
Start getting the paper clutter under control today. Next week, we’ll look at how to stop it from entering your house in the first place.
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