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. Trish T. says:

    My biggest paper clutter problem is junk mail. I do my banking online and pay 95% of my bills that way – my actual mail and statements are getting out of control since I don’t have to physically open any mail to pay my bills! Also, magazines! Oh my, the magazines are taking over!

  2. Kathryn Woodfin says:

    At my house paper clutter is “THE enemy”! It is a bunch of deferred decisions that only gets worse the more of those “decisions” pile up. Would love to win a spot in the workshop to help!
    Many thanks!
    Kathryn Woodfin

  3. suzanne says:

    Oh, girl, I EXCEL at having some paper clutter…magazines, recipes, work papers/order forms, mail and junk mail, records, etc. I need this some kind of badly!!! four hundred kinds of badly REALLY>


  4. suzanne says:

    I gave you a shout out on Facebook!!! I would love to win this!

  5. Lorri says:

    My paper clutter problem starts with ordinary household paperwork but is compounded by the fact that we homeschool….schoolwork, school records, books, handouts. Add to this all of the administrative/financial paperwork for our homeschool co-op! I have quite a paper monster. Right now my solution is the keep everything in separate rooms. I’d love to condense all of this into one area.

  6. Suzie says:

    I would be so thrilled to win this prize. I would invite my sister over so we could do this together!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Wow, I’d be interested just to know what types of things they say. I mean, if a simple workshop can get me to file my schtuff? Now that’s something…. Because filing is a DRAG!!!!

    I’d say my biggest problem is mail. Junk mail is in the trash before it hits the counter, but legitimate mail will sit there for a looooong time. Cards, invitations, paid bills, statements. Also stuff I add… recipes to try someday, directions to a hike I’d like to try, that sort of thing. It adds up pretty quickly.

    Thanks for the opportunity!


  8. Brenda C says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! Paper, Paper Everywhere in my house. I work-full time with countless paper-work heavy assignments, have a home based business, and a pack-rat husband! I would love to have the skills to keep all the paper under control.

  9. Cheryl says:

    My biggest paper clutter comes from mail that I need to keep to remind me of “something” coming up. If I put it away somewhere, I miss the “something”. Oftentimes I miss it anyway because the mail gets lost in the other piles. Help!

  10. Casey says:

    Paper clutter is my No.1 ENEMY!!! It seems to grow on a daily basis. I am diligent about getting rid of junk mail as soon as it comes in, old newspapers, too. But, all the other stuff…bills, magazines, catalogs, letters & cards from family & friends! I’m constantly looking for places to stash more paper. Then, of course, it’s impossible to find what I need. Help! Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.

  11. kaley says:

    OMG – this workshop is PERFECT for me! i have paper clutter EVERYWHERE – hidden in baskets, drawers, on dressers, fridge, countertops – just everywhere. most of it is junk but the things that aren’t junk (statements, thankyou cards, invitations) i still don’t know what to do with them!

  12. Robyn says:

    My biggest problem with paper is that I have a hard time figuring out what to keep, how long I should keep it, and how to properly dispose/destroy it (personal information). Paper is not my only clutter problem, but it would sure help to get a handle on it.

  13. Kathy says:

    What a great idea….just talking about paper tigers at work yesterday! For me, my paper clutter problem would be a tie between what to do with all the copies of my paid bills, as well as knowing what is truly important to keep. Oh, and let’s not forget all those manuals that come with tools and appliances!!! Thanks for entering me. :)

  14. Heather C. says:

    Paper gravitates to my desk ALWAYS! Bills, artwork, thankyou cards, whatnot! It’s overwhelming!!

  15. Stefanie D says:

    biggest problem is stuff i print from web site to reference later
    and then never do.

  16. Libby says:

    Receipts, coupons, insurance, banking…the list goes on. Would love to give the clutter workshop a go to help me defeat the clutter monster once and for all!!

  17. baila says:

    receipts and coupons are my biggest challenge. there are always small bits of paper flying around, and of course missing when i actually need them!

  18. Audrey says:

    We have a huge problem with paper clutter here. My husband calls me the “Queen of the pile.”

  19. Dar says:

    School papers would be my biggest pile. I toss the weekly work, except the cute stuff, but the activity flyers get me bogged down.

  20. Audrey says:

    Linked to FB for a 2nd entry

  21. Katie says:

    Mail! I can’t comtrol the mail volume at home to save my life. I get those fake checks from the bank almost every week and I just let them stack up until I finally get to it, and am sitting at the shredder for 2 hours straight. I need some way to figure out how to manage it better.

  22. sharon a says:

    School papers at the end of the school year! We want to keep some , but we end up keeping them all…how do you organize them? And then there is the never ending pile of receipts, hate those. I recently bought cute boxes, but they are not enough so I found some more at Walmart, hope they keep them in stock…I will be needing lots of them!

  23. NaTasha says:

    I need a paper intervention. We are a family of 6 and my husband has a small business so that adds to the mounds of paperwork. I have stacks tucked here and there…..kids artwork and school papers, bills, mail, reciepts, notes, and the list goes on……HELP SAVE ME FROM THE PAPER!!!! I am a clean freak and have everything organized but my paper!

  24. Julia says:

    Our worst paper clutter comes from my boyfriend. He’s terrible for losing paperwork, and hates sorting, and I’m never sure what to keep, so it all ends up in a box, the important and the junk. If only I knew more about taxes and self employment!

  25. Emily says:

    Mail! Mail covers our kitchen! We can’t seem to find a good way to organize it all! ugh!

  26. Emily says:

    Mail and things from the kids – sports schedules, artwork, camp forms, insurance papers, etc.

  27. desiree says:

    It’s the mail I have to save because I need to do something with it. School papers too! I’m drowning in paper! Throw me a life jacket!

  28. Virginia says:

    Kids school papers. My papers of things I print (recipes, newsletters, etc) that I am sure I need at the time. Just make a pile and wonder why I keep doing that!! My husbands papers. Financial news, mailings about them, baseball coaching papers. Now, the youngest – football papers to add to all this!! Keep thinking if a big wind just blew it all away………right Dorothy that is really gonna happen.

  29. Cathie says:

    My biggest paper clutter challenge is all the paper that my husband thinks he needs to keep. I throw things out when he’s not home. I mean, do we really need an electric bill from 5 months ago? And if we do, can’t we just scan it? H E L P !

  30. Christy says:

    Its all of it, I used to be pretty good when I lived alone and my desk was by my front door so as soon as I had the mail I could easily file things and paid bills electroniclly. Now that I am married my husband wants paper everything. All mail, magazines, work, craft, blog everything is in one mass pile on my desk in the basement. I mostly avoid going there now so I dont have to see it :-/

  31. alsmouse says:

    OH BOY! do I NEED this class!! I’m knee deep in paper, boxes of old paper, news articles, recipes & craft supplies. All my life blood is being drained from all the paper cuts. Help me find my floor & stem the tide of blood. Please pick me!!!~C8>

  32. Sonia says:

    Omg! I need this course. I struggle between organizing receipts in my purse and how to rid my house of junk mail.

  33. Wendy L says:

    My biggest problem are the non-important things I want to save from magazines like random articles. My husband could us this too; he has stacks of receipts. I just wonder what he is going to do with them all!

  34. Wendy L says:

    Posted on Facebook!

  35. Shevon says:

    Oh, how I despise my paper clutter. Kids school & activity papers, bills, receipts, coupons, etc., etc. Two of my kitchen countertops are always covered and sometimes parts of the dining room table. Then there are the drawers with receipts, menus, etc. Arrrgh. I’m going to facebook for a second chance at this. I need it!

  36. Shevon says:

    Okay, just linked this giveaway on my facebook page!

  37. Amber says:

    I would love to be a part of the workshop! I would say one of my biggest challenges is the magazines and cataloges I collect! Oh, and the coupons! I’m terrible with coupons! I collect so many that I don’t know what to do with them, pile them up, can’t find what I need when I need it, and end up throwing away everything that has expired! Such a waste!

  38. Katrina W. says:

    My biggest paper struggle are the things that need filing. I tend to let them pile up instead of instantly filing them away, and then I get overwhelmed.

  39. Stacey says:

    Paper clutter is taking us over here too! I’m actually great about getting rid of the junk mail but I’m getting buried in things that I keep to reference, “important” papers, notes, etc. We just moved so of course I have lots of “lists” laying around, notes and all of those papers that I brought from the last place. We did a major downsize so I’m having a really difficult time trying to figure out where to put these papers now!

  40. Laura says:

    Coupons! I clip them and save them but then never use them because I have to search all over for the coupons I need! UGH!

  41. Rebecca S. says:

    I never know what to do with papers like restaurant/oil change/store coupons and other papers that I don’t want to file away. They end up on my counters so I won’t forget about them!

  42. Rebecca S. says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway here:

  43. Gena C. says:

    Wow! Where to start?! I am overwhelmed with papers, magazines, receipts, etc. I try to keep up with it but it’s just kicking my butt! I’m not sure how long to keep receipts. I also want to keep special projects or papers that my kids have done in school. My biggest problem is putting mail and other stuff on our kitchen counter. I would love a chance to create a system that will work. Help!

  44. Gena C. says:

    Just posted a shout out on Facebook. :)

  45. ~vee says:

    I’d have to say my biggest struggle is all the “important” stuff! I have no trouble with immediately trashing the junk – but when I have important dates, bank paperwork, house papers, insurance… It’s a mess. I have TWO filing cabinets. I can never find anything and I end up with piles all over my house. I’ve even been known to stuff a pile into a cabinet in an effort to “clean” quickly for company…and then leave the offending pile hidden away. This is a mess when I later have to FIND something important. HELP!!

  46. Magazines for sure–I never throw any out because I am sure I’ll use them someday for something…so they just pile up and collect dust. I just feel so wasteful throwing them away!

  47. Amanda says:

    The paper in my purse is a huge problem. I let the receipts and mail and appointment cards build up until it’s impossible to deal with and then empty out the purse. By then, it’s a much bigger job than it needs to be!

  48. Mandi says:

    Haha, I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted to win anything more! Piles of mail, receipts, important documents, dog pedigrees – all shoved in a box just waiting to be filed. My hubby is a hoarder of paper and I have no systems to help him maintain the paper piles. Even our filing cabinet is filled with anything but paper. I’m drowning in paper!

  49. Sue says:

    Definitely office paperwork…both my home business and personal banking and billing etc.
    I always think if I just had a system I could do this! :-( It is probably the only area that my hubby gets irritated with me…paperwork is my total downfall… :-(

  50. Juniper says:

    I’m fine with junk, I just trash it. My biggest problem is important papers that need to be filed. My filing cabinet is a mess and needs to be organized and updated so I avoid it. I don’t want to add anything to the chaos so the papers pile up. When it gets out of control and I decide to sort it, i find that most of it is no longer important!

  51. Kate Sprague says:

    I would have to say that all the articles/clips I pull from magazines turn into the clutter I need to tackle most! I’ve tried to organize things in notebooks, but then I don’t remember to look there for project ideas or resources…Help! :)

  52. Juniper says:

    And I posted on facebook!

  53. Claire says:

    Oh I need this! My biggest paper work challenge is medical stuff, having had 2 babies in the last 2 years we have been bombarded with all sorts of stuff from hospitals, insurance, doctors and on and on and on! My medical paper work would fill a whole file cabinet on its own!

  54. Becky says:

    This is one of my worst areas as well. Daily mail….arghhhhhhh! Not knowing what to pitch or keep and if kept how to organize it or find it when I need it (just today I had to call my doctor because I lost my perscription for a medicine I need.) I think I am hopeless, so I would really, really appreciate winning this one (my husband would thank you, my children would thank you, my countertops, kitchen table, night stand, etc, etc, would thank you!!!!!)

  55. Mila says:

    My worst kind of paper clutter is class notes as well as administrative forms etc, for school! College is a mess of paper!!

  56. Julia says:

    I’m a little late to this one, but so NEED a paper clutter intervention! Those piles seem to mulitiply like rabbits, don’t they. And just when I think I’ve got a handle on one area of the house, I see a new pile has develpoed somewhere else. For me personally, a challenge is those 401K mailers that I thought I opted out of, but still seem to get so they must be keep worthy, right? And it’s not like it’s just a one page promo thing. I’m talking BOOKS of 401K info on some random investment that just happened to fit the profile for me. I never look at them, but I hang on.

    Off to link up to FB. :)

  57. Julia E. says:

    Just linked up to FB and realized I’m not the only Julia. So now, I’m Julia E the one who ranted about the 401K mailers.

  58. Tawny says:

    I am horrible when it comes to paper! I just went through old bins of every “important” piece of paper since I was a little kid. Nowadays I just throw stuff in a pile and when it gets to the overwhelming point I will do something with it but I still have yet to find a good system. I need help!

  59. Kat says:

    I wish I only had 1 biggest problem:

    um right now let’s say school work/papers from my 8 year old and all the fun projects my pack rat 3 year old makes and cries if I throw out.

  60. Leslie M says:

    biggest problem: MAIL!!! We don’t get that much mail, but it just piles up.

  61. Megan says:

    My biggest thing is papers that “might” be important. Paper clutter is taking over, and while it’s driving me crazy, I don’t know what to do with it.

  62. Margaret H. says:

    I am such a paper big which is crazy since the rest of my house is nice and organized. My biggest piles come from school, receipts, and mail. Blah.

  63. Alison Brown says:

    Paper clutter is my nemesis, I can’t ever seem to get control of it, I would love to take this course!

  64. jd says:

    wow this class looks so awesome! i know that i am in DIRE need of something like this!! im a med student and i wouldn’t call my notes clutter but they certainly need help organizing! random.org, pick me!! hahaha :p

  65. Courtney M says:

    My biggest problem is paper clutter that doesn’t necessarily have a “home.” For example, I know where to file regular bills, tax docs, etc. But, when it comes to odd things that I may need to hold onto for a while like a receipt or manual, I handle it 15 times rather than just once.

  66. Cindy says:

    School work/papers taking over my room. Would love some help.
    Thank you!

  67. Heldy says:

    Oh wow, what an opportunity. Would love to sink my teeth into my constantly growing stack of school work papers and bills. Thank you!

  68. Ann says:

    Our office is out of control right now with papers all over in piles or not in piles. And the paperwork just keeps coming! We got behind when we had our first child (but that was almost 3 years ago!) and the 2 moves we had since he was born and our 2nd child has been part of why we are now so overwhelmed with paper clutter. I’m ready to tackle it!

  69. Autumn says:

    Definitely kids artwork is my biggest issue although I don’t even know that this class, or professional therapy could solve it for me!

  70. Jamie says:

    What an awesome seminar to take part in!! I absolutely cannot control the paperwork in our home.
    From mail, to catalogs I WANT to look at, but never find the time to, to my 3-year old’s artwork, to coupons….oh the coupons!!!!! I literally walk into my office and take a look and walk out. I dream of clear desk-tops and organized folders!!!!!

  71. Carrie says:

    Please, oh please, contest gods let me win! Incoming mail and kids papers from day care have invaded everywhere.

  72. Heather says:

    PLEASE save me from coupon clutter! I cut and clip and rip and tear and swear I’m gonna save a zillion dollars this month.. until I get to the store to buy that one thing and realize the coupon is on the counter or in the other car. ER! Now I can’t throw it away because i can use it next time. Please help me stop this vicious cycle! Oh and did I mention I’m a gift card hoarder? That might need a 7th week :S

  73. My biggest paper clutter issue is pages from magazines. I see something I like or find some great info – I rip it out and it begins to accumulate.

  74. Alexis says:

    My paper clutter weakness is for my children’s’ school papers or everyday drawings. I can’t seem to part with any of it. Even those lovely scribbled masterpieces they give you.

  75. Lavina Dee says:

    Paper is my major issue. I have art work, paid bills, magazines, printed articles, newspapers, old files and my intention is to use most of it to start the woodstove but you only need like 5 sheets of paper to start the fire and so the piles grow!

  76. kayduh says:

    I would say my 2 biggest issues are the stuff that arrives in the mail that i have to deal with but can’t face immediately after a long day of work and articles/recipes i rip out of magazines.

  77. michelle n says:

    My biggest weakness is sentimental things… cards, drawings from nieces and nephews, etc.

  78. barbara says:

    I’m an ideaholic!! lots of clippigns, magazine pages, magazines, memorbilia…………….. to file piles .. boxes of “future sort”………………………….oh MY!

  79. Kitty Hurdle says:

    My husband and I BOTH work from home…paperwork is eating us alive like that 80s movie…Attack of the Killer Tomatoes? Insanity. Please help :)

  80. Karla says:

    I SO need this! We have paper clutter on our kitchen counters and don’t even get me started on our office. I’m a bad procrastinator and I hate filing so it kind of piles up and gets out of control! I would love some help!

  81. Kari says:

    I was just talking to my dh about figuring out our paper “stuff” I have boxes of papers, I know the taxes…7 years or forever, whichever comes first…but what to do with all the reciepts and cc statements?

    Ugh. I need this class and I will link it with fb too, because…I need this class.

  82. What a great giveaway. Daily mail and medical / therapy / school papers for my son create an endless mound of paperwork. No matter how much I try to organize it always ends up a giant mess pile. Thanks for the links – off to check them out. Have a great weekend. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  83. Kathy T says:

    I so need to get organized-I don’t even know where to start -from school papers to daily mail-My husband has his papers from work , we have 4 boys and just daily life is consuming us -This sounds like such a good start .

  84. Michelle says:

    Bills, other mail, bills, other mail, bills… and school notes. I wish it were death by design mags but that is not the case in my house.

  85. Kacey says:

    Oh, I NEED this. I am buried under receipts!


  86. Sharon says:

    The mail, magazines, paver patio research material (brochures, estimates, etc.) and receipts are out of control! They take up one third of the kitchen table and most of the bar. I know there’s other stuff in those piles, but I can’t tell you what’s in there! I need help!

  87. wendy says:

    I’m so not good at keeping track of all the important papers that come in the mail… bank statements, tax returns (true confessions… right now I can’t find the bill for our property taxes. It’s in the house somewhere…)

  88. Caitlin says:

    I posted this on FB!!! Please let me win!

  89. Cristin says:

    I’m a cheerleading coach, I have a TON of paper, magazines, etc. My husband tends to leave paper all around and I just stack it.

  90. Angie says:

    I am terrible with ALL paperwork: important, junk mail, kids papers, etc…..I hate it!!! I need a new system!!

  91. Ashley says:

    ALL PAPER! oh my goodness, paper is the main reason I am so disorganized. I collect so much paper and I don’t know how.

  92. Shelle says:

    How cool!!! I HATE paper clutter and I try to keep it down. I’m getting better, but I would love some more help. Thanks for having this! Off to visit Simplify 101’s site. :)

  93. Krista says:

    I have all types of paper clutter…kids school work, cut outs of interesting articles, coupons, bills, sticky notes…Unfortunately, I have paper clutter in the kitchen and the office/guest room. It drives my husband CRAZY and he’s a neat freak! Help!

  94. lindsayvon says:

    I’m dealing with combing the new husband and my paperwork and it isn’t pretty. Neither of us have much of a filing system and it’s getting a bit out of control

  95. Kelly M says:

    I linked this to Facebook:) I run an event planning business from my home, have three children and a husband who is amazing, but has never gotten the mail during our 11 years of marriage! Needless to say, I am responsible for an overwhelming amount of paperwork each day. Oh and I LOVE magazines, coupons and recipes, all of which are in “organized” piles, but not in any type of order. My biggest challenge is finding a system that works and then sticking to it. I organize my clutter constantly, but can’t seem to keep things organized. Please help!

  96. joan says:

    I’m great at getting rid of the junk immediately – just the action items seem to build up. Luckily I put all my major bills on auto-pay but the few that creep up get thrown into a pile on the floor and that sucks!

  97. Dawn says:

    I so struggle with this. I get “caught up” and then fall off the wagon. I have piles of mail, magazines, stuff I want to keep for future reference. I even bought a basket thinking it would help me deal with everything…but it didn’t work it just over flows all over my desk new. I need help!

  98. Dawn says:

    Left a Tweet too! What a wonderful idea this is!

  99. Laura N. says:

    mail, magazines that I never read but plan to some day, son’s artwork, receipts, coupons, mail, super important papers that can not be filed away (yet I can never find when I need them), papers for my business, papers for my volunteer work, bills, mail, junk mail that for some reason doesn’t get thrown away often enough, greeting cards from holidays/birthdays/christmas/etc…. oh jeeze I could really use some help! I HATE paper clutter, but it always wins in my house!

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