Is paper starting to consume your life? So many of my organizing clients say the number one challenge they face when it comes to maintaining an organized home is paper clutter. What do you save and what do you recycle? How can you reduce the amount of clutter that can consume your home? I am breaking down my 6 easy ways to reduce paper clutter so you can be paper clutter free!
1. Go Electronic Changing your bills to electronic will reduce paper clutter! Set up a file in your email for all your bills. I would go as far as breaking them down into each separate bill. Then, pay your bill once you get the email notification. Move the bill into the folder once you have paid it. I did this when I became a nomad and will never go back!!!
2. Accessible Files Paper can become a huge way to clutter up your desk space. I always recommend that you find a way to organize your paper in a way that works for you. I have an accordion file folder I use for the items I can't get electronically and need to keep. If filing cabinets aren’t your thing, or you don’t have the space to store them, I loved using magazine holders as an alternative for filing cabinets. There are many ways to organize this, but the most useful, is to give each magazine holder a category. Within that category, use file folders for subcategories. For example, you could create a magazine holder for medical expenses. Within that magazine holder, you can have each family member with their own folder. All of their personal medical bills can go into their medical folder in the medical magazine holder.
3. Recycle Immediately As soon as the mail comes, open it near a recycling bin. In the summer, I open it right outside and throw away all the envelopes immediately! I won’t even bring that into the house. Boom…No excess paper clutter because I recycled it immediately! This will help reduce the paper clutter that piles up on your counters or desks, as it accumulates quickly. So keep a recycling bin near the place you open your mail. If you have papers that have your info on it, then shred the paper immediately. Or, give the paper and some scissors to your kids and let them go nuts! Ask them to cut the paper into the smallest pieces they can.
4. Keepsake Bins So what do you do when your child draws an adorable picture or creates a precious memento? Create a keepsake bin to store those special items. I only keep special items in the bin. I get the kids involved so they can learn how to pick their favorites. I promise you, when they are older and you are downsizing.... they won't want to go through 13 years of papers. 🙋♀️😂😂
5. Coupon Organizer If you love using coupons, then you probably have a ton just sitting on your counter or in your purse. Even though you use them, you need to find a way to keep them organized. I really like the coupon organizer accordion books.
6. Create System For Saving Papers Love finding recipes in your favorite magazines or print them out from Pinterest? Get inspired by a paint color you see in a catalog? Well, instead of keeping the entire magazine, tear the page out and recycle the rest! Once you have read a magazine, there is no need to hold onto it, so tear out the pages you want to save. This will drastically reduce the amount of paper clutter stacks you have lying around your home.
Here's your assignment for the week. Now it is your turn to get your paper clutter organized! Start by going electronic. Create accessible files and recycle papers immediately. Create keepsake bins and store your kiddos’ artwork near where they enter the home. Create systems for saving papers such as recipes, and keep coupons organized and contained! I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients and we can take a look at what area may be the best place for you to start decluttering. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise! Let's do this! Your Life Coach Robin P.S. You can do hard things! If you missed a Monday Motivation and want to read previous weeks, CLICK HERE.