Home Organizing Declutter Paper

Home Organizing Declutter Paper
Could you use more time and money? If you're not on top of your bills and paperwork, you're literally standing on a corner throwing money to the wind. Seems crazy, doesn't it? But if you're not aware of what's happening, it could be happening to you.

Habits can work for us or against us and it seems like the hardest part of any new skill is getting started. If you've struggled with out-of-control paperwork in the past, these tips can trick your mind into going along with positive change. When implementing a new system:

  • Starting with the right tools can make it easier

  • Adding pretty tools will make it fun

  • Choosing a system that works like you do, will make it easier to maintain

Create a System that Works for You

It doesn't take a lot of money to set up a functional paper management system, but it does take some commitment. As with anything, it works best when you do.

Most people fall into one of two categories:

  • Those who like to sort things into piles and have them out where they can be reminded of what needs to be done

  • And those who like to keep things neat, filed and hidden away

Whatever your preference, embrace it and look forward to happier times ahead. The following tips will put you back in the driver's seat and send a clear message to your paperwork that you're the boss.

What will I need to get started?

  • Choose a place in your home to function as bill and paper central

  • Have a wastebasket handy

  • Keep stamps, envelopes, pens and your method of payment at hand (checkbook, debit card, phone, computer)

  • Set up a filing system that suits your space and work style

  • Have bins or boxes ready to store things that are important to you

Tips to Make it Easier

  • Open mail every day

  • Make a decision about each piece of paper that comes in the house
    • Is it trash? Toss it
    • Is it a bill? Pay it immediately (if you can)
    • Is it a document you need to keep? File it
    • Is it something you treasure like photos or children's school papers? Store them in a pretty bin or box for safe-keeping

  • Stay on top of it. It's much easier to deal with five pieces of paper than 50. In three weeks, you can build a new habit that will eliminate late fees and missed dates forever. You're going to have to deal with the paper eventually anyway, why not do it now?

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