Some of the hardest things to keep clutter free has to do with paper and mail and everything that piles up over a period of weeks. In the first of my series of clutter clearing tips, I want to focus on paper clutter.
If you are a victim of this paper clutter like I was, I want to give you a few tips that you can use to cut your paper clutter in half in a few minutes. First, I want you to understand that this is not going to be the definitive declutter discussion but after we cut your pile of papers in half, then you can move on to the next stage. In addition, when you see you paper pile dwindle, your subconscious will also realize that it can be done, your clutter psychology will be activated and you won't be able to stop there.
My desk at home has what I consider to be an enormous amount of surface area, and I utilized every little bit of it. My papers were often piled high in the back portion of my desk and not only was I not paying my bills on time, even my business was suffering because I was not able to respond to customers whose letters I had lost.
So I did one simple thing. I quickly separated the pile into three categories:
1. Act on now.
2. Recycle or shred.
3. Leave for now.
Act on now consisted of bills and business communications. Recycle or shred is self-explanatory; papers that I did not need that got mixed up with everything else. Finally, leave for now, I realize sounds like an incomplete declutter plan. The important thing for right now, is that you have removed what you really need right now and what you do not need ever, leaving you with papers that can be filed at your leisure.
Learn how to declutter your entire living space or office immediately. The average home can be decluttered in one to two days.