Hey busy ladies and gents, I know I’m not alone in the constant barrage of papers that enter the house on a daily basis. From mail to magazines to school notices, paper clutter piles up so darn quick you could drown in it. Despite my best efforts to go paperless, I find there is still a constant stream of paper, paper, and more paper coming through the door.
It used to pile up in my house until I thought it would eat me alive. It used to give me such anxiety, but I finally developed a system that really works for me. The real key for me was eliminating as much as I could, and then finding a place for what was leftover. I think that’s the key for keeping just about anything organized: purge often, and have a place for what remains, then you’ll stay sane.
My method for paper organization isn’t sexy and I’m no organizational pro. I was asked about a month ago by a reader how I keep it all organized, so here are a few of the tricks I use to control my paper clutter.
1. Identify It. It took me years to figure this out, but now in hindsight it seems so simple. The very best trick I ever came up with was sitting down with my piles of paper clutter and making a list of exactly each type of paper that was coming into my house, then creating a solution for each one.