Paper Control Tips

• Move the tabs on your hanging files to the same side (all left or all right).  Your eyes will thank you for it.

• Rip out articles of interest when you first receive your magazines each month.  Simply scan then table of contents, note what you want to read, tear out the articles, staple, and place them in a reading file.  No more bulky magazines lying around!

• Keep track of monthly business and personal expenses by labeling a file folder or an envelope with the month.  Just throw in receipts.  All your expenses will then be together for end-of-the-month accounting.

• Read with a highlighter in hand.  Mark the important parts to avoid rereading later.

• Take a highlighter to meetings.  As you make notes, highlight anything which will require action on your part.

• Make a list of all your files.  Keep it nearby when you process your paperwork to avoid
duplicating files, looking for papers, etc.

• Gather all your household equipment manuals.  Attach a receipt to each one, or note purchase date, store and price on the covers.  Place them in an “equipment” or “appliance” file.

• Re-do a filing system by first making a list of all your file headings.  Analyze, delete, combine and add as necessary.  Do it on paper first.

• Reduce a large pile quickly by first removing the big items.  You’ll see progress and will be motivated to continue.

• Forget “pending files.”  Items placed there are often forgotten.  Try “consider” and “holding” files instead.  “Consider” is for
anything you want to consider doing or buying (concert, computer software, etc).
“Holding” is for an item which you will take action on in the future.  Be sure to note it in your calendar!

• Wait until you have enough time to sort all of today’s mail.  By avoiding interruptions, you’ll lessen the risk of piling.

• Use only clear tabs.  Throw away the colored tabs that come with color hanging files.  It’s difficult to read a label through color.

• Keep all your lists, ideas, to-dos and notes in one planner or notebook.  It will keep you more organized.

• Don’t know how to handle all the paper your kids produce? 

Every Parent’s Guide to Controlling Kid Clutter will help you tame the school work, artwork, and homework your kids leave lying around the house.

It also includes sections on bedrooms, closets, toys and morning mayhem.