5 Tips to Clear The Paper Clutter

Many people think because we are in a digital age that paper clutter no longer exists but that is simply not true. We still receive junk mail, receipts, papers to sign, bills to pay, and items to be filed.

How do you feel every time you walk by a stack of papers that just keep piling up? Did you promise yourself last weekend that you were going to tackle it but it never happened? Do you start to add something to the pile and think to yourself I really have to do something about this it’s causing me stress, anxiety, and guilt? Do you wonder why you can spend hours on Pinterest but cannot make a dent in the paper clutter?

You are not alone but now is the time especially before tax season to tackle the paper clutter and get organized with these simple tips and some of my favorite things.

GATHER ALL PAPERS IN ONE AREA  The reason piles begin and get out of hand is they are not in one central location. Set up a designated space for a small office. It doesn’t have to be an entire room just an area to keep office essentials neat and organized.

SHRED OLD PAPERWORK  Invest in a shredder! Open mail where the shredder is located and shred anything you don’t need. That includes all of the multiple credit card applications you receive on a daily basis and any other junk mail. It can be tedious but shredding all old paperwork can also be a freeing experience when you are done. If you have too much to shred put it in a box and take it to a local office supply store or UPS store and they can shred it for you!

SORT Now that you have everything in a central location and old paperwork is shredded or recycled it’s time to sort. The easiest way to do this is to think in categories for example Insurance, Auto, Home, Bills to Pay, Health, etc. Making easy to read labels not only helps you but helps other people in your family if there is an emergency.

SCAN AND FILE  Most printers come with a scanner but even if you don’t have one there are apps like Scanner for Me and Scannable that work great and make scanning and filing a breeze.

COLLATOR  If you want to keep important files at your fingertips invest in a collator. I have talked about this one on Instagram and in this previous blog. It not only keeps you organized but looks great on a desktop or credenza.

Once you have simplified and organized your paperwork you will realize how much better you feel. Clutter causes stress and anxiety and implementing systems prevents future clutter.

 

A New Golden Rule to Update Your Office

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Are you looking to spruce up an existing office or design a new one? Start with a color scheme that is calming and relaxing and has your sense of style. One of my personal favorite color combinations right now is white and gold.

It’s simple, clean and a bit modern when you add a touch of gold.

Here are some simple tips to get you started. Don’t forget to click on the links above for some of my favorite office essentials.

Purge anything that does not belong in an office.

Paint to give it a brand new look.

Plan before you buy.

Please keep it simple.

Make your workspace a stress free environment and see how much more productive you become at home and at work.

5 Easy Tips for a stress free work environment

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One the most popular areas of a home I’m asked to organize is the home office.

Whether you work from home or just want a place to keep your home life organized these five simple tips will help you enjoy a stress free, clutter free place to work.

Clear the clutter

Clearing the clutter should always be the first step. Shred old paperwork and file or scan remaining papers into the computer. If you have a choice when purchasing an item to email or print your receipt choose email. You can make labeled files on your computer to keep you organized in case you need to return an item. It also prevents stacks of paper from accumulating. 

Remove anything that does not belong in the office

Boxes of memorabilia, pet products, old luggage or anything else that doesn’t belong in there move it out. If you are going to store items on shelves in an office closet use containers that are labeled so you can see what you have so you don’t buy more.

Pick a color scheme

White always looks neat, clean and calming so its my first choice when styling an office.  Whether your renovating your office or starting from scratch it’s helpful to keep the colors simple. It prevents your work space from looking to busy.

Keep it simple

Many people over think office products and accessories and the room quickly becomes cluttered. Simplify what you need and use. If  your office space is not free of clutter you will not want to work in there and your kitchen table becomes your new office.

Utilize the office closet

Do you need a file cabinet? Shelving? Make the space fit your needs. When you remove and purge everything from a small closet you will be surprised how much space you really have.

“It’s never about having enough space its having too much stuff in the space”