Feeling overwhelmed with mountains of paper piles in your home or office?
Paper can seem to materialize overnight, but don’t fear, there are things you can do so it doesn’t take over your life.
In my first post about getting rid of paper clutter, I shared three ways of six ways you can tame the paper monster. Here are the final three.
1. Invest in a Heavy Duty Shredder. Not all shredders are created equal. If you take a look at them, you’ll notice that some say “light,” “medium,” or “heavy” duty.
Shell out a few extra bucks and go for the heavy duty model. It will stand up to the moments when you’re zealous about shredding, and won’t overheat as quickly as the lighter units.
2. Have a Place for All Your Papers. You will get a variety of paper, some of which you must keep and others you want to keep for the future. Figure out your categories and put them in their proper place. Here are a few examples…
a. Coupons. Keep your coupons as close to the store where you’ll be using them as possible.
This means storing them in your car. The coupons will do you no good if they’re at home when you’re at XYZ shop. Use an envelope or coupon organizer to help you keep track of them so they don’t fly about while you’re driving.
b. Bills. Get a Bill Sorter. Place the bills in the appropriate numbered (for days/month) slot and you’ll not only contain them, but you’ll also find them when it’s time to pay up.
If you’re really serious about cutting back on paper, use e-bills instead.
c. Magazines. Use a magazine rack to house all the mags you want to read…and keep them in the places that you tend to read.
So, if you read in the living room and your home office, keep a wall rack or floor model in each place.
3. Digitize Your Paper. You might not be able to go completely paperless, but you can reduce the volume that lives in your home or office by scanning your documents.
Once they’ve been digitized, you can recycle or shred the originals. Be sure to check with your tax advisor before shredding any financial papers.
About Today’s Poster
Deb Lee is an award winning Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, a company that helps residential and business clients kick clutter to the curb and become more productive. Visit her Organize to Revitalize blog, for more great tips and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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