Is every flat surface in your home covered with papers, magazines and newspapers? If so, you’re not alone! While some people love all things digital, many families are struggling to keep paper in their home at bay. Here are some strategies to help you ditch the paper clutter.
1. Be honest with yourself
Paper enters our home two ways — we either bring it in or we print it. So, we’re the problem, not the paper! It’s important that we’re diligent about the paper we print and allow into our space. Once we place paper where it doesn’t belong, we give ourselves permission to add to it. Before long, it’s a pile and out of control. Think before you pile!
2. Open your mail over the garbage
Before you have a chance to even put the mail down, open it over your garbage. Toss anything you don’t need and doesn’t contain personal information. Keep a bag or box handy to store items that contain personal data and need to be shredded. When it’s full, visit our friends at Confidata (confidata.com) who are more than happy to assist in your quest to eliminate unnecessary paper in your home.
3. Limit your subscriptions
Many of us subscribe to more magazines than we can ever read. They arrive by mail, get placed somewhere that we may not even remember, and are never seen again. Sound familiar? It’s best to limit your subscriptions to only a few a month or switch to digital copies. When you have read the paper versions, pass them on to others or put them in the recycle bin.
4. Declutter and Decorate
Replace paper clutter with something beautiful! Eliminate the paper and in its place put a framed photo, candle or vase. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the piles, you’ll feel relaxed looking at something that brings you joy.
5. Set up a system to handle the paper that enters your home
A place for everything and everything in its place — that includes paper! If you never plan to refer to a piece of paper again, then there’s no need to save it. For things you will reference, set up a system that is labeled and easy to access. It could be file folders or wire baskets. The key is to use the system daily so that paper won’t pile up.
Look for more tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.