Let go of feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.
Learn a simple and effective system for decluttering your paper and getting organized.
What You Will Learn:
One-time Investment, Lifetime Benefits!
Paper is and has been a constant source of clutter for many. Paper is also the most time-consuming projects with the least visual “after” impact.
If paper leaves you feeling overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, and uncertain if you have enough time to get it all done, this paper clutter course is for you.
This course aims to overcome all 3 of those challenges, by introducing a tested method for Taming the Paper Clutter designed by two Professional Organizers who have been in the industry since 2012!
Learn our step by step system for taming the paper clutter and get results right away!
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Start and finish any paper decluttering & organizing project efficiently.
- Apply best practices in a variety of settings including how to handle receipts, how to build a system for monthly maintenance, and creating a home office.
- Feel inspired and empowered to tackle any paper project.
- Use valuable skills that will help you get control over your paper and ideas for going paperless.
There are many benefits of taming paper clutter. You become more confident in your ability to find and make decisions about your papers. You will develop productive habits that reinforce this new way of living, so it’s a life-long investment of your time spent learning.
Your ability to be open-minded and change your current behaviour will have a positive ripple effect in all areas of your life including work, relationships, and overall mental health.
We have attached the 3 exercises included in this course.
These are some guidelines that we follow in every paper project we do:
- The first goal should be to clear your working space from paper. Making this space inviting and functional will empower you to use it.
- While clearing the space have ready a small box for “Important documents to take care of immediately”. Bills to pay and other documents that require immediate action will go in this box.
- Have the recycling bin and a “To shred” bin ready.
- You can store the “To deal with” paper in boxes. You can label them and you can stack them nicely in the corner or out of the way in another storage area. Schedule time to deal with it later.
- If you have space on the floor, you can start creating piles. Use “post its” or masking tape to write the name of the categories.
- You can also use a temporary filing system. You can use a bankers box, a collapsible filing box or similar solution. Start creating temporal folders with categories. You can always change them very easily as you go. Once the project is done, you will know how much filing space you need. You can decide then if you require additional filing space. Don’t forget to measure before purchasing any product.
- Some financial papers need to be kept for up to 7 years. Some other you will need to keep them forever. Make sure to double check with your accountant before discarding anything valuable.
- Break the project down into several sessions. No one likes to spend too much time dealing with paper clutter. Make sure to deal with it in stages. A good idea could be to spend time dealing with it while watching your favorite TV program, watching the kids, listening to nice music, radio station or interesting podcast. It can take around 1 hour to go through 1-2 inches of paper.
- Keep a to-do list. Every time you find a paper that requires an action from you can add it to the list. Schedule it later in your calendar.
- You can reduce your paper by signing up for electronic correspondence when possible and unsubscribing from services you no longer need. Most owner’s manuals and instructions can be found online.
- You can digitize documents and store them on your computer or use a cloud service. Be aware of the time that this will require. Maybe you can start doing it from now on. Some tools to do this could be using the “tiny scanner” free app or similar product.
- When using digital solutions to store your files, make sure to create a simple system easy to follow. If some papers are stored physically make sure to use the same labels in digital files as you do in your paper filing system.
- Consider using your local library system for books/magazines/movies. This will help you reduce the clutter.
- Have a “home” for all the paper that comes in/goes out/to deal with. Having a command center could be an idea. Make sure to involve everybody in the system. Make recycling easy and convenient.
Happy Paper Organizing :-)