Getting Rid of Paper Clutter – 7 Simple Ways to Reduce Paper Clutter
Reducing paper clutter will help keep your home tidy and organized. So, here are simple tips on how to get rid of paper clutter in your home.
It seems that the most difficult part of keeping your home clutter free is getting rid of and keeping that paper clutter out of your home.
The reason being that, most often, it seems that within days of decluttering the papers from your home the clutter is back.
So getting rid of that paper clutter seems like a never ending process.
However, there are some steps you can follow to eliminate paper clutter for good. You can even use apps for decluttering your papers.
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7 Easy Tips on How to Get Rid of Paper Clutter
#1. Cut Down on the Junk Mail You Receive
If you get a lot of junk mail such as catalogs and flyers from various businesses then you can cut down on your paper clutter by opting out of various mailing lists and cutting down on the amount of junk mail you receive.
Many companies now post their catalogs online, so opting out of receiving actual magazines can go a long way in reducing the paper clutter in your home.
#2. Purge those Take Out Menus
If you and your family enjoy a lot of take out food, then chances are you have a drawer full of take out menus.
However, like catalogs, most restaurants these days post their take out menus online.
So there is really no need to keep those paper take out menus that are taking up value drawer space or simply lying around on your kitchen counters.
#3. Go Paperless for Bank Statements and Paying Bills
Those monthly bank statements and those checks from paying bills can build up over time and eventually become overwhelming.
You can cut out all those papers completely by electing to get your bank statements and pay your bills online.
In fact, if you elect to get those bills automatically paid you won’t have to worry about making any late payments.
(Going paperless also helps to make organizing a desk without drawers easier).
#4. Consider Recycling Old Newspapers and Magazines
If you are one of those people who really enjoy reading the newspaper or magazines rather than doing your reading online, then you should be recycling them.
Find out where the local recycling center is and take those old newspapers and magazines on a regular basis to keep those paper products from building up in your home.
#5. Scan Documents Whenever Possible
When you purchase a new product with directions or other paper information that you feel you need to keep, you can cut down on those documents by scanning them.
Scan the documents onto your computer or a disk and then dispose of the paper document.
Chances are when you need the information contained on this type of documents it will be easier to find on the disk than trying to find a pamphlet you have shoved in a drawer someplace.
#6. Have a Set Place to Keep Incoming Bills
Too many of us check our mail and then toss those incoming bills on a stand, the table, or the first handy place we come across.
Instead of just dropping those incoming bills here and there, have a set place to place those bills until they are paid.
This can be a drawer, or an actual holder placed on the wall or some other handy but contained place. (I know someone who keeps their incoming bills in an old napkin holder on their desk, keeping everything neat and tidy.)
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#7. Organize All the Papers You are Keeping
Invest a little money into a small file cabinet and organize all the papers you feel you need to keep. (Copies of your income tax or whatever)
Keep the files organized and purge them periodically. By keeping those papers organized all in one place, not only are you reducing the paper clutter in your home, but you are also making it easier to find the documents you need when you need them.
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Final Thoughts on How to Eliminate Paper Clutter
Yes, I get it, getting rid of paper clutter can be difficult. In fact, it can make you feel overwhelmed. However, by following the few simple tips above you can get rid of the paper clutter and keep your home clutter free and organized for good.
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Do you have other tips on how to get rid of paper clutter? Leave your comment below.