How to Avoid Paper Clutter
Having just spent countless hours going through stacks of bills, receipts and warranties, I realized I have to go back to a method that worked for me in the past to avoid all this paper clutter in the first place.
As soon as I return home from errands or open the daily mail, I take a few moments to decide what to do with each and every piece of paper at hand.
If there is something that requires an action or follow-through, that paper goes in the paper holder on my desk. For information that needs to be kept or perhaps referenced in the future, that paper goes in the to-be-filed holder. Paperwork with sensitive or confidential information that will be discarded goes into the holder for the paper shredder. Everything else finds it way immediately to the biggest "file" of all -- the waste paper can.
At least once a week, I then go back through each of the respective paper holders to file, act on or shred whatever has accumulated.
In this way, I never become to overwhelmed with paper, clutter is minimized and best of all -- I can find what I'm looking for when I need it.
What system(s) do you use to avoid paper or other clutter in your home?
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