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:
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 Anything that is expired or out of date should automatically get fed to the garbage can.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.
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