I have struggled for years trying to keep my counters and drawers free from clutter until I found a system that worked for us and then eliminating clutter became so easy.
Junk mail, children’s artwork, bills, receipts, papers you are not sure what to do with, you name it, we all have our fair share of papers coming into our homes. It can get out of control quickly, causing you to feel hopeless when it comes to eliminating clutter that sits in unsightly piles on your kitchen counters, nightstand, desk or some other place in your home. I am sure you don’t plan on your papers piling up and getting so out of control, it just happens. Eliminating clutter before it starts is the key to keeping your home free from unsightly piles of papers all over.
6 Tips for managing your paper flow and Eliminating clutter before it starts.
1. Commit to a strict policy of handling papers just once! In fact, some papers are not permitted to enter my house anymore as we deal with them before entering our home (now that’s one way of eliminating clutter!) If a paper does enter our house we file it away as soon as we have it in our hands.
2. Throw out any junk mail before it enters your home. We have a recycle bin near the garage door that we pass on the way into the house and I toss any junk mail into the bin before I enter the house.
3. Keeping a shredder in the kitchen pantry allows us to shred any mail or papers with personal information on them right away before they can find their way into a pile. Our kids think this is the coolest way of eliminating clutter because this is their job.
4. I keep a file folder box in my kitchen cabinet where I file my mail that needs further action. I have one folder for bills to pay, and another for paper work that needs to be filled out and turned in.
5. For our children and the papers they have I try to take a picture of each special piece of art work they make to keep a digital memory for them and I display their work for a time until it comes down off the fridge and is either tossed or if super special we have a box for each of our kids special works that they can choose to put it in. Each year I have the kids look through their work with me and we decide what to toss and what to keep. The rule is that if it doesn’t fit in their box then we can’t keep it.
6. Keep an address book in the kitchen where I will write addresses in if I need to save someone’s return address. I can enter it into my address book and then toss an envelope right then and there instead of letting it pile up.