This part is a piece of cake because you only have 10% of the paper clutter to deal with, but you gained an extra 90% of space – how’s that for a deal?
All you need to do is set up a system to keep track of those few papers you do need to keep. Here are some tips that worked for me.
- Daily Reference Info – For phone lists, sports schedules, other papers that I really want to keep track of, I tape them up INSIDE my cupboard doors. It’s neater looking than a bulletin board and I don’t have to dig through a pile of papers or a drawer to find them.
- Bills – I have a special bill drawer and nothing but current bills is allowed to go in this drawer. We just toss them in there as the bills come in. Then on payday, I just go through and grab them and pay them with my bank’s online bill pay. Even if they aren’t due yet, I can set them up for the following payday. Then I shred them.
- Coupons. I will admit it, I’m not a big coupon person. I do have one of those coupon organizer thingies, but it’s usually pretty empty. However, I do a TON of online shopping and I have a great technique for managing the flood of Email that comes in after you buy something online. I have Gmail and I set a filter to send then Emails directly into a Shopping folder. Then if I want to shop at a particular store, I go right to the offers for that store. There are all the latest coupons – super easy! Bonus – I’m not tempted by a constant flood of attractive offers popping up in my inbox!
- Actual important papers – genuine important papers like passports, birth certificates, theater tickets, and stuff I do keep in a special file. But it’s a small file.
One thing I haven’t tried yet, are these cool new scanners that scan receipts and all sorts of stuff. That sounds like something really handy. Software like OneNote and Evernote are both terrific tools for this.
If you really have a need to keep pay stubs, utility bills, or recipes, you can easily scan them into OneNote or bookmarks the websites where you found them and then search them in your notebooks. Much faster and easier than stacks of magazines.
- I hope this helps you with your paper challenges!
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