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Do you have random piles of paper covering your work area, dining table, and kitchen counter? Doesn’t it seem like papers always find a way into your home creating clutter?
If it takes you forever to find important papers because you have no clue where you put them. Its time to get organized.
Keeping important papers organized also requires you to get rid of any paper clutter that is NOT important. This way you know everything you keep is important and not useless.
1 Create an inbox.
Leave a box or tray on your desk or entry way table and label it as inbox. This will be where all your papers go. It doesn’t matter what kind of papers they are, in the box they go.
Have a designated area where all papers go as soon as they come into the house. This will help you keep all the paper together until you are ready to go thru them.
2 Create multiple boxes
Ok, maybe one inbox is not enough. You can always have more.
Having more than one inbox means you can sort papers right away the moment you get them. Label the “read: “sort” and “file” Or anything you want.
3 Make your own personalized mail organizer.
You can refer back to one of my previous posts for this. How to create a family command center that really works.
Take it to the next level by reading. It will keep you organized AND look nice in your entry way.
4 Go paperless with statements and bills.
One way to reduce paper clutter in your home is to get ride of as much as possible.
Make sure you sign up for paperless statements with your banks and service provider that send your paper statements. All your bills and records should be available online to view, and sometimes you might even get a discount for paperless statements.
5 Keeping a receipts jar.
If your keeping receipts, keep them in a jar near the entrance of your home. Make it a habit to empty your pockets and wallet as you come in the door and keep the receipts in the jar.
This will eliminate receipts for in random spots in your home.
6 Displaying children’s art work
You want to proudly display your children’s art work, but your running out of space on the wall and fridge?
You should scan or photograph the art works and make a collage out of the pictures. This will save you so much space on that wall!
For more Ideas on this refer back to another of my previous posts, How to save kids art work.
7 You can also make kids artwork into a photo book
Or you can make your kids artwork into a photo book! This helps to keep all their art pieces together in one book and also reduces paper clutter. It makes it easy to flip thru the pages and everything stays nice and neat.
8 Designate a space for all paper clutter
Organize your office space so you have a designated area for everything including papers. This is where you can place your inbox so all incoming papers have a place to sit before you sort thru them.
You should have a section for papers that need actions and another section for filing. Make sure you have an empty box or trash bin to collect paper to recycle.
9 mobile command center
If you don’t have a room or an office, try creating a mobile command center. This shows you don’t need the perfect dream office and desk to keep everything organized.
All you need is a cheap file box and some dividers.
10 How long to keep papers
- receipts – non deductable items
- deposit/atm slips
- reconciled bank statements
- check book ledgers
- paycheck stubs
- mortgage statements
- insurance records
- all business and income relate documents
- proof of deductable purchases
At least 7 years
- State and Federal income tax returns
- w2 and 1099
- medical bills and statements
- any receipts that were used for tax deductions
- cancelled checks
- millage records
- real estate tax forms and records
- Birth certificates
- marriage/divorce papers
- auto titles
- investment statements
- home improvement receipts
- receipts for major purchases
- medical records
- education records
- pension/retirement plans
- property agreements.
11 recipes from magazines
If you save magazine recipe cut outs, you probably know how important it is to keep them organized.
You can keep them in folders by catagories. Such as breakfast, lunch, and supper. This makes it so much easier to look for a recipe you want. Make sure to label the tabs and you can keep all the folders in a file box.
12 School paper storage.
Keep your kids school papers in a paper organizer. You can divide the papers by grade levels.
13 color code important papers.
Keep important papers in color coded folders. This will make it so much easier to find something you need.