Today I’m sharing four tips to help you eliminate paper clutter from your home. Let’s face it, sorting through mail, filing papers, and paying bills are not chores most of us enjoy doing. However, it’s a task that needs to be completed and having a system in place to do so will simplify your life.
I’m pretty sure every home needs a “command center”. This is probably my #1 must-do tip for dealing with the never-ending papers that come through your door daily. A command center will give you a place to sort incoming paper so that it doesn’t end up piled on your counter. It’s a simple solution and once you have it set up, you (or anyone in your home) won’t even have to think about where to put the mail, bills, coupons, etc.
Command centers certainly don’t have to be fancy or cost a lot of money to set up. If you’re ready to create yours, you can find inspiration on my Pinterest board. Before you make yours, think about the papers that come into your home on a daily basis and create yours based on your needs. Most command centers files are “To File/Scan”, “Action/Bills”, “To Shred”, and “Coupons”. If you have school-aged children, you may want to have a file for each of them to place their artwork, homework, chore charts, etc. Do what makes sense for you and your family.
Set aside time each week (for most, this task can be completed in about 15 to 30 minutes) to go through all of the papers that have landed in your command center. Letting the papers pile up for too long will not only look cluttered, it will make the maintenance task overwhelming. The idea is to keep the process simple and stress-free!
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There are several things you can do to minimize the amount of incoming paper to your home. First, make sure you are agreeing to receive electronic statements. Not only will this reduce the number of bills you receive in the mail, it will also mean you no longer need to write out a check, buy a stamp, buy an envelope, or go to the post office! Talk about saving time, money and your sanity 🙂
The next thing you can do to minimize paper clutter is to reduce the amount of junk mail and catalogs delivered to your house. You can use an app such as PaperKarma to simply snap a photo of your unwanted paper mail (catalogs, magazines, credit card offers, etc.) and they will try to stop it from being delivered to your house again. CatalogChoice is another option for stopping junk mail for good.
There are many great apps to use if you want to significantly reduce the amount of paper in your household- or even go completely paperless! I highly suggest using Evernote along with Evernote Scannable.
With these two apps, you can easily scan any document and organize them into digital notebooks to minimize paper clutter. The app also makes is super easy to share your scanned images with anyone- think how easy it would be to scan your child’s newest art project and share with family across the country! Evernote is also fantastic for taking notes, creating to-do lists, and saving things that you find online (or in a magazine!).
That’s it! I hope you found these tips super helpful in eliminating your paper clutter. If you want more tips on decluttering your home, be sure to check out this blog post and don’t forget to download your FREE declutter workbook.
I’m curious- How do you organize your incoming paper? Have you ever tried to go completely paperless? Leave a comment below!