It crawls in our mailboxes, out of our children’s backbacks, and colonizes on our kitchen counter.

It’s Paper.

  • Cutting off the supply Line

To reduce Paper Clutter, one means is to cut of the ways in which you receive paper. Begin by cutting off unnecessary catalog deliveries. Usually, a quick call or email to the catalog companies will cut off all deliveries as soon as two months. If credit card offers are the majority of your incoming paper, there are a few options:

Junk Mail is not the only incoming paper into our housome, and it is very unlikely that it is for your household as well. Other incoming sources of paper many include children’s school work, church flyers, coupons, etc. One method to cut out paper into your home is to place a small box (cardboard boxes are cheap and environmentally friendly) and sort through all paper that comes into your home daily or weekly. Typically, my two sons will bring home 10-15 sheets of paper each from school a week. Each Friday, I try to make it a point to go through their weekly paper pile. I keep a select few for mementos and scrapbook items, mail some to grandparents, and use the others as scratch paper.

Eliminate Unnessary Paper Waste

Not to sound a little Environmentally biased, I do think that one way to conquer paper is to cut out unnessary paper waste. I “repurpose” as much paper as possible into my scrapbooking, into making mini notepads, or as collage materials for my local church. Other ways to cut unnessary paper waste include recycling, and using non-paper methods (electronic).

Divide and Conquer what you have

Having reduced the amount of paper that comes into our homes and eliminated unnessary paper waste, the next portion of the Paper Conuest is to Divide and Conquer. Begin by getting a large cardboard box, storage tub, or milk crates and piling all your paper clutter into them. Grab some smaller boxes or even bags. Begin by quick sorting through all of the paper items. This first quick sort is to toss out anything that you are certain beyond all reason is trash. Don’t daly on this one – just sort through it quickly. Secondly, Repile all the paper back into the box/boxes. This is where true organization comes into play. Go through your paper mountain again, this time carefully evaulating each and every item. Ask yourself the following:
        1. Do I HAVE to keep this for Legal/Financial Purposes?
        2. Do I WANT to keep this for personal reasons?

If you answered yes to one of these questions, you place the paper items into a seperate box. Be your own critic here over the necessity of the paper items. When this sorting (The Dividing) is through, it is time to Conquer!

Conquer what you have decided to keep by immediatly taking the time to put it in a designated place (and no ,shoved up underneath your bed is not a good place). File it, place it into binder, mail them to family members – deal with (Conquer) your paper pile. If you do not have the needed tools to deal with it, make a POSTED date by which you will do it and place reminders to yourself everywhere to the point of annoyance.

Things to keep in mind

Try to reduce the amount of paper that comes into your house. Make efforts to recyle and/or reduce paper waste. Sort and Find a Home for the paper that comes into your house. By setting down basic guidlines, you will be able to prevent your home from becoming a permanent rest stop for paper.

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Most of us know that organizing your home will save you countless hours searching for an item, or how it will save your sanity from the clutter. It can save you money as well.

Paper: By Organizing your paper clutter, you will not lose bills and be forced to pay past-due fees. Paper organization also includes organizing your coupons, keeping up with an employment benefit packet, or not buying another ‘Happy Birthday” card when you already have 50. Sort through your paper, dispense of the unnecessary, and organize what you want to keep. Use an organization method that works for you.

Clothes: Organizing your clothes should be important, whether or not you want to save money. I know people who have so many piles of clothes that they have to go out and buy more just to have something to wear. If you haven’t wore it in a year, get it out of your house!! As for saving money, organizing your clothing will keep you from making unnessary clothing purchases, and allow you to make a few bucks by having a yard sale with the excess. Many areas have consignment stores that buy clothing, and don’t forget to donate some articles to a local homeless shelter or church clothing ministry.

Office Supplies: I don’t think I have to explain how organizing these can keep you from making unneeded purchases. You may also find that there are somethings that you bought that you no longer need or use. I am sure that a local church or school could put those little extras to use.

Your time: I am a reluctant scheduler myself, but I have learned the great value of organizing my time. By planning my week, I can often find ways to combine tasks to save precious (and expensive) gas, and accomplish more in a short amount of time. Scheduling does not have to be a minute-by-minute thing, and must always include room for the unexpected. Scheduling does mean being more disciplined and structured. However, discipline and structure are required in most major lifestyle changes. If you want to get yourself out of debt, it will require disclipline and structure.

Here are a few blogs on the same subject:

WISEBREAD: Zen Spring Cleaning (and making a little cash off it too)
MOOLANOMY: Throw away junks, Organize, and save Money