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Are you ready to tackle your spring cleaning this year? What about all that paper clutter on the counters? I am guilty of letting things just pile up. Just talk to my husband. It is probably one of the things we “discuss” most. I may be a paper hoarder. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? I have come up with some ways to help tackle paper clutter, so it doesn’t get so out of hand.
Paper Clutter Solutions For Spring Cleaning That Work
Paper Clutter Culprits and Solutions
Mail – As you pick up your mail from the mailbox, deal with it right then and there. Sort out the trash and throw it away. Keep bills and necessary papers. Be sure to shred any unimportant information you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands. This saves me time and helps keep the counters clean.
School Stuff – Take care of school stuff right away just like the mail. Don’t let it sit around for too long. Fill out the forms or paper work and place it right in the backpack to go to school.
Bills – Yes, the dreaded bills. Open them right away and dispose of any unnecessary ads, envelopes or trash. Then pay the bill as soon as it comes in. Create a filing system that works best for you. We like to keep a monthly accordion file folder. Once the bill paid, file it according to the month. We keep our receipts for seven years. After seven years we shred them with our Fellowes’ 12Cs shredder.
Magazines and catalogs – These tend to stack up on counters. I do admit I get far fewer these days then I used to. When the new one comes in, toss the old one. If you plan on keep them, get magazine storage holders and place the magazines in there.
Best Habit Forming Paper Clutter Solutions
FIRST Method – File it, Recycle it, Shred it, Take care of it right away. This method is established by Laura Stack, the Productivity Pro.
Clean off counter tops – Once a week make time to go through everything on the counter and clean it up. Make sure you touch everything and make a decision about it using the FIRST Method.
Create a Habit Tracker to establish a routine and schedule once a day or once a week to tackle that big pile you are afraid of getting into. Once you start to do this daily it will become routine and not so cumbersome.
Schedule small amounts of time like 10 – 15 minutes. Then your whole focus will be on completing that one task. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish in a short time frame.
Lastly have fun. Give yourself a small reward for a job well done. You did it. You completed that dreadful task and now you don’t have worry about it any more. Hooray!
Best Tool To Tackle Paper Clutter
The tool in my arsenal to help me achieve these goals is a Fellowes’ 12Cs shredder found at Walmart. I love how quick and easily it shreds items. This shredder will shred up to 12 pages at a time. With the cross shred action, your documents are shredded into 302 small pieces per sheet. This is a top quality I look for in shredders. The Fellowes’ 12Cs is powerful enough to power through credit cards, paper clips, staples and junk mail with ease. Once your paper clutter is cleaned you will have more time to focus on making family memories.
What are the best tips you have for cleaning up paper clutter in your home?