Tackling Paper Clutter and a GIVEAWAY

June 9, 2010

Remember when I was on that huge organizing kick back in January, even did an entire week of posts on getting a fresh start ?  I even managed to get somewhat organized when it came to filing paperwork, but I’m sorry to report, again the paper is totally and completely out of control around here.   I was doing so well for many months, but then somewhere between Easter and Graduation, the piles of paper again became my nemesis. 

cluttered pile

I’m good at juggling a lot of balls at one time, but when it comes to paper clutter, it is my number one organizational challenge.   So I’m going to be participating in the Organize Your Paper Clutter Workshop, brought to you my newest sponsor Simplify 101

As a super busy multitasking mom, I love the fact that the workshop is spread out over six weeks, with plenty of time to review the materials between entertaining the kids, swim lessons, and even more DIY projects this summer, yippeee ! 

Just the thought of ridding my house of paper clutter makes me breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Won’t you join me ?

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Do you stack papers on your countertop or desk because you simply don’t know what else to do with them? 

Are you overwhelmed with all the artwork and papers your children bring home from school?  Are you unsure what paper you really need to keep and how long to keep it?

Does it seem like you have more paper coming into your home than you can possibly handle?  Are you tired living with paper-cluttered surfaces?

This six week summer workshop will give you the answers to all your pressing paper questions plus simple-to-use systems that will eliminate the paper clutter in your home.   You’re free to review the weekly materials on your own time over the six weeks, online or in PDF format, or even in MP3 format.  

Plus, with clear cut action steps and the support of a professional organizer to answer questions, plus a friendly online community, you can take action and organize your paper. 

Check out the entire six week syllabus right here.

Now y’all know I love to giveaway pretty stuff, and today it’s something very practical. 

The kind folks at Simplify 101 are offering two lucky readers a free spot in the Organize Your Paper Clutter Workshop – a $75 dollar value.    

Eligibility to win one of two free spots in the Organize Your Paper Clutter workshop:

1)  Leave a comment telling us what kind of paper clutter is your biggest organizational challenge !  

2) For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Facebook OR tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter, and then leave a second comment telling me where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Saturday June 12th at 8 p.m. PST.  Winners chosen by Random.org. 

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341 Responses to “Tackling Paper Clutter and a GIVEAWAY”

  1. Laura N. says:

    I facebooked this!

  2. Barb Boyack says:

    Kate, my paper nighmare is all over..but the biggest problem I have is filing things that I need to keep, receipts, etc..oooh I could use some help!


  3. Barb Boyack says:

    Kate, I just posted this on facebook!


  4. Stephanie says:

    perfect! I am overwhelmed by kids papers, from school, paper airplanes, craft projects – things they dont want to part with …HELP!

  5. Carol in Indian Springs says:

    My worst struggle is timely filing of the inspiration photos, recipes and articles that I pull from magazines. Right now they are all in a large basket on the bottom shelf of the sofa table…not a good place and if I want something in particular I have to go through the entire pile. Thanks for this offer and I’m off to check out this new sponsor!

  6. april says:

    My desk at home is the WORST! Lots of unopened mail, stacks and stacks of things to file, and filled with old files!

  7. Johanna says:

    Mail and schoolwork!

  8. Karen J says:

    My biggest challenge is bills and the assorted paperwork that comes in the mail. I tackle it, clean it up and clear it out …. and then …. a few weeks later ….. the piles are B*A*C*K and the cycle is repeated …. and repeated …. and repeated …. Aaugh!

  9. Suzie says:

    Mail, mail, mail-then add all the junk, I mean great stuff, my kids come home with! Help!

  10. Athena says:

    Mail! If it needs to be shredded it ends up in a pile, which is sadly now bigger than my toddler.

  11. Jenn Bo says:

    I manage to keep my home fairly organized, but the paper issue is one I shamefully have. The desk in the kitchen is constantly covered and my office, well, let’s just say I keep the door closed. I also have had my new office space for more than a year and I have yet to organize the “stuff”. Recently I put things (like office supplies, craft projects, etc.) in plastic containers which is nice, but the papers are a disaster. If I don’t win, I should seriously consider coughing up the $75 because I need a plan!

  12. Jewel says:

    All paper is my problem! Mail, school, bills, etc. I can’t seem to find a system that works for me so always end up with stacks of paper in the kitchen and in the office.

  13. Jenniffier says:

    Oh how exciting. I could really use hlep with this. Both at home and at work. I am teacher and I seem to have a really bad habit of just leaving papers all over my desk.

  14. Jane says:

    Mail combined with the never ending paperwork that school sends home are my biggest challenges. Thanks, I am crossing my fingers!

  15. Amy H. says:

    love this! and love your site. i am such a fan. i run a business in my home and have 2 school age kiddos. i feel buried under all of the paper. this class looks perfect!

  16. Liz says:

    Clutter clutter everywhere clutter! Puzzled by what to do with mortgage papers since some are legal size.

  17. Jen says:

    my biggest source of clutter is just paper. papers i print out with information i need saved. all our budgeting things (although i have two binders already for this), bills, things i want, ripped from magazines, lists. etc. it just piles up on our desk. i’ve been looking for a letter tray i like but honestly i could just go buy one and be done but it hasn’t happened! i currently stash stuff on piles everywhere. my desk area is the bain of my existance!!!

  18. Jen says:

    oh i also facebooked this

  19. Phyllicia Faieta says:

    Mail and anything that “I may want to copy someday”… I’m still in college and I literally have years worth of newspaper clippings, magazines, photocopies, and printed pages filled with patterns, tutorials, recipes, directions, designs, pictures, you name it… lol. I am also a musician and I have more sheet music than I can keep track of…

  20. Phyllicia Faieta says:

    I posted a link to this page on my facebook

  21. Denise says:

    MAIL, SCHOOL PAPERS, and MEMENTOS !!! The stack on my kitchen counter is out of control!

  22. allison says:

    Receipts…major…what to keep, what to throw away!

  23. Elaine says:

    I think the worst paper clutter I have are my coupons. I got it in my mind that I should save, store and catalog coupons to save myself money, but it’s turned into an organizational nightmare :/

  24. Gosia says:

    I’ve taken the Simplify 101 Organize Your Closet workshop and it was the uncontested winner in all practical organizational workshops there are. Till this day I still stay organized, with the organizing principles still firm in my mind. Also, structurally, Aby’s workshops are brilliant. If you’re willing to dish out the effort, the workshop will pay for itself tenfolds in terms of the quality of your life.

  25. dana h. says:

    My clutter comes from everything I can think of, mail, work, pages I rip out of magazines, recipes, fitness workouts….the list goes on and on. The work part is that when I do want somethings I have to look for days just to find it. I just dont know where to start organizing, this would really help.

  26. dana h. says:

    I also tweeted this: Lulellabella

  27. Lisa says:

    My biggest problem is not what to keep, but what to do with what I keep. Right now I have 3 medium moving boxes of paper. I probably could cull more from those boxes but am unsure how to keep track of those obscure companies (that I only contact every other year or so) without the supporting paper work. HELP ME!

  28. Joanna says:

    My hubby is worse than I am but out office is drowning and it just keeps getting piled into boxes we never seen to go through. O_o From mail, bills, to my business papers and reciepts. It’s everyhwere.

  29. Joanna says:

    Annnnnd Tiwttered under Lifeinalens ^_^

  30. Stacey says:

    Great idea for a workshop! I’m drowning in magazines, catalogs, kids’ artwork, etc. I need help!

  31. Elaine Williams says:

    My biggest clutter problem is that I stack magazines/articles to be used at a “later date”. I find myself moving stacks around. I actually took a clutter class and tried to implement the advice they offered but found myself in a worse condition because of the organization process they promoted. It didn’t fit for me. Now I’m totally bewildered. Good article in today’s newspaper-written by Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune-“Don’t us it? hen lose it to cut clutter” I cut it out to mail to my mother as she always comments on the number of “things” I have collected. Some good advice in the article.

  32. Alisa D says:

    Paper clutter is the bane of my existence!! My problem is primarily mail. Oh wait, coupons. Both?!? I don’t have a good process for dealing with the mail right away and so it sometimes sits on my desk (which is in my kitchen) for a while. Sometimes it sits other places too. i can’t stand it, but haven’t taken the time or had the ideas to improve things. I would love to win this prize to maybe help with that. Please help me simplify my life! :)

  33. Nicole says:

    1. I’m a student so the worst is homework, papers, and all that other junk!
    2. I tweeted: xRosario

  34. Stacey says:

    I posted this on Facebook!

  35. Marta says:

    Oooh! Glad I found this in time. I would love to win this! My biggest paper clutter challenge is school papers!

  36. Lynne says:

    Yeeesh….this is tough! The worst paper piles seem to be the ones that start with “I need to do this- just not right now…..” Then there are the recipes from magazines…the articles that I must read-later, and last but not least…the pile of kid/family memorabilia for the SCRAPBOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Jill says:

    The mail, dear sweet lord, the mail. Not so much my personal mail, which I usually deal with quickly, but the stuff that comes in for my husband. He glances at it says, “I’d like to take a closer look at this later” and sets it down. Where it will sit, and sit, and sit. Until I figure anything that isn’t a personal note is long expired and shred the whole pile.

    Hopefully I haven’t cost us a surprise inheritance from a distant relative this way.

  38. Kristin Y says:

    If it’s paper it’s an issue in my house. My daughter brings home tons of art projects from daycare. Filing bills, etc is always so time consuming that I just let it get so stacked up and then get overwhelmed.

  39. Christine McD says:

    I work from home and seriously need this to get through the stacks of paper that clutter my desk… and sometimes the filing cabinet, the shelf and the floor!

  40. Rebecca Foxworth says:

    Simplify 101 is the MOST EXCELLENT CHOICE for a sponsor. Bravo! Aby is amazing. She teaches you not only HOW to organize, but how to MAINTAIN that organization. If you’re interested in recommendations, I give this website my highest!

  41. Nina English says:

    My biggest paper dilemma is my husband….I really need a self-sufficient system that he will adopt too!

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