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5 Simple Steps to Cutting Paper Clutter from Your Life

5 Simple Steps to Cutting Paper Clutter from Your Life

If you’re like most homeowners, paper clutter is the bane of your existence. Whether it piles up on the entryway console, the kitchen counter, the desk in your home office, or on every flat surface in your home, paper clutter can be a major headache. After all, it seems to accumulate so easily. But once it’s there, it’s a nightmare to get rid of.

At Maid Right, our house cleaning specialists know the importance of a tidy and organized home. So to help you cut down on paper clutter, we’ve put together a simple five-step process to keep paper clutter under control in your home.

1. Purge Existing Paper Clutter

The first thing you need to do to stop paper clutter from dominating your home is to purge existing paper clutter. Take a tour of your home, collect all paper clutter, and bring it to one spot. Then go through all of the papers, sorting items into important items and non-important items. Any non-important papers will go in the trash. Important papers are saved for step two.

2. Create a Filing Area for Important Papers

If you don’t already have an area for important papers, you’ll need to set one up. A filing cabinet, a desk drawer, or even a banker’s box can work as an effective filing area. To keep this space organized, use folders to organize papers by category (important receipts, bills, tax information, government papers, etc.) You can further organize papers by using dividers.

3. Set Up a Dedicated Incoming Paper Area

The third step to getting a handle on paper clutter is to set up a dedicated area for incoming papers. Whether this is a simple inbox tray or a more organized area where you can sort incoming papers by type. From now on, all new papers that come into your home with go into this incoming paper area.

4. Set Rules for All Paper Items

The easiest way to simplify sorting paper items is to create a set of rules for common papers in your home. Important papers will go into your filing area, but others — like coupons, magazines, newspapers, and notices — can have a habit of sticking around longer than they should. So set rules for where these papers go and how long they’re allowed to stay around before being thrown out.

5. Perform a Weekly Paper Sort

The most important step (and the hardest to stick with) is to perform a weekly paper sort. This means going through all of the papers in your incoming paper area, dealing with any that require your immediate attention, then assigning papers to their proper place in your home. Your paper sort should also include checking for any loose papers in your home and getting rid of old papers that have outlasted their welcome.

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