Tips to Tackling Paper Clutter

See Lisa on Fox 11 ‘Living With Amy.

Tools Needed for Paper Organizing Process:

Recycle bin
2 “Keep” piles bins/baskets
Photo boxes

Steps to Organize Paper:

– Gather all loose paper in the house (leave files alone for later)

-Decide what space the “keep” pile is going in and how you will organize that space (use the wall with files or on counter up-right files or actual baskets/bins)

-Sit down and begin (don’t spend a lot of time reminiscing)

-Divide paper into:
Immediate Action Bin – bills, invite responses, school forms
Short-term Action Bin – receipts, school year info, monthly dues, deposits/ATM slips
Long-Term ActionFile Cabinet –Keep 1-3 yrs.: paychecks, Mortgage statements, Charitable contributions, Insurance records, Income related documents
7 years: State and Federal taxes, W-2 and 1099, Receipts used as tax deductions, Cancelled checks, Mileage reports, Real estate records

Steps to Staying organized:

Create a Command Center
▪ Calendar
▪ Chalk board-message center
▪ Immediate action bins
▪ Short-term action bins
▪ Place for receipts

Go through mail immediately-as you’re walking into the house and put in appropriate locations-discard junk mail

Rip out articles from magazines and newspapers and discard the rest

Try going paperless.

Scan important documents and photos into computer-remember to back-up computer