No doubt the largest source of paper clutter in your home is incoming mail. Learn how to manage all sorts of including mail: junk mail, fliers, bills, invitations, tasks, greeting cards and more.
You can also read How I Manage Mail.
Incorporating paper management into your Weekly Organizing Routine will mean less hassle in the long run. The more often you declutter by sorting, recycling and shredding, the less stress.
You don't remember signing up to receive announcements from company X, but here they are each week in your mail anyway. Stop junk mail from piling up in your home by getting off mailing lists. Here's how:
Don't keep more paper than you absolutely have to! Use our easy reference guide for how long to keep paper documents. Then decide if you want to keep a hard copy, or scan them.
Here's a very handy checklist to use while going through your paper work, organizing a home filing system or even just opening your mail. This printable list sets the guidelines for what to shred and then gives a specific list of documents that need to be shredded as soon as they are out of use or out of date.
Read a long as I review the Fellowes Cross-Cut shredder to learn about the latest in shredding technology and the features you should look for when purchasing a shredder.
Wells recommends establishing a desk top filing box ready for the following documents:
"Group like with like--just like when you organize clothes," says Wells.