Kicking the Paper Clutter Habit ~Part 1

Most people have clutter in one shape or form.  The clutter that often goes the most unrecognized is paper.  It seems harmless enough… keep the bills for filing, some sentimental greeting cards, and some notes that you want to check into a little further someday.  But that seemingly innocent paper can begin to take over your life if you aren’t careful.

In this mini-series, we’ll explore some ways to kick the paper clutter habit:

Start Small

The only way to handle paper clutter is one piece at a time.  Choose a small section to start… maybe a small pile, a small box, or a small amount of time.  Once you start, make a commitment to do this regularly.  Most importantly, try to keep up on new papers as they come in so that you can see the progress you are making without adding to your old stacks.

Do You Need It?

I mean do you REALLY need it?  The best way to do this is to work quickly through your pile.  Don’t stop to linger or take too much time to examine a piece of paper.  Go with your first gut instinct here.  Anything that is expired or out of date should automatically get fed to the garbage can.  Usually, your trash pile should be at least as big as, if not larger, than your keep pile.

Don’t hyperventilate just yet!  If clearing your paper clutter seems overwhelming, stick with me.  Soon, you’ll feel empowered to take control over your stacks of paper and you will begin to feel the (paper) weight lifting off you.

Comments?  Questions?  Please let me know your thoughts below…

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2 Responses to Kicking the Paper Clutter Habit ~Part 1

  1. Love this post! As a former Professional Organizer I can so relate to paper clutter. We don’t realize how clear we can become when everything has its place.
    I can’t wait to read more and thanks for sharing.

  2. Doug says:

    I am trying to get the clutter out of my head onto paper. Is that like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?
    Digital files on a computer can be clutter as well when they waste your time by hiding the data you are looking for.

    Thanks for the great posts.
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