Paper is a problem for everyone. Even the most organized people hate dealing with paper…
As we approach tax time, the paper piles always seem to grow just slightly bigger. There is no magic wand. There is no super secret trick to dealing with the paper. You just have to deal with it.
The first thing you need to consider is how it’s coming in the door. Did you ask for it? Did you bring it? Did you (at one time) find it interesting?
Here’s are four ways to control what you have and possibly stop it from coming in the door:
Recycling Station: Have a designated spot in your home where you process paper. Make it easy to recycle what you don’t need. It can be in the same spot as your other recyclables, or a separate station for just paper.
Go Paperless: Things like monthly bills can be emailed to you and/or put on automatic withdraw. Simplify what comes in by taking advantage of paperless billing.Go paperless with magazines, newsletters, books and/or catalogs too! Simply check your subscription settings to see if the option is available. Additionally, things like user manuals can be saved electronically rather than a paper copy (one of my biggest pet peeves) for most every new purchase. It helps you and the planet!
Opt Out or Unsubscribe:Although this takes some time, it’s amazingly powerful to get your name off various mailing lists. Websites like DMA Choice and Catalog Choice are two websites that can help you in removing your name off various mailing lists. There are other services such as Opt Out Pre-screen (which takes your name off the pre-screen mailing lists), Yellow Pages OPT Out (Stops those pesky books from coming to your doorstep) and the ever popular Do Not Call List (one of my favorites).
Shred! Shred! Shred: Having a good quality shredder in your home can help support your “recycling” and/or disposal steps when it comes to paper. For years we had a small garbage can top shredder that took forever to use (one page at a time) and kept getting jammed. We invested in a larger more industrial shredder and it was amazing how much it simplified the process. Shredding your documents can help protect your identity and ultimately make it easy to discard unwanted mail.
It takes time to eliminate the paper piles. Start small and do a little bit each day; before you know it, the paper piles will be gone!