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22 TIPS FOR PAPER CLUTTER

by Rita Emmett

 

 

  1. Create a place for each paper to belong. If it doesn't have a "home", it becomes clutter.

  2. Handle each piece of paper only once. Make decisions the FIRST time you touch a piece of paper.

  3. Feed your wastebasket or recycle bin. It's not an evil monster that gobbles your important data. It's your friend who needs to be nourished. Feed it.

  4. Get rid of what you don't need.

  5. Skim material as soon as it arrives.

  6. Open all snail mail near a wastebasket or recycle bin.

  7. Try to get off junk mail lists and if they insist on sending you mail you don't need or want, don't even open it. Send it straight to the recycle bin.

  8. If it takes less than a minute, do it now (read, recycle, toss, file, delete).

  9. Create a place where all incoming mail goes till it can be sorted, tossed, recycled or put where it belongs.

  10. Create a place where all incoming school papers go till they can be sorted, signed, reviewed, acted upon or filed.

  11. Pass on to the appropriate person any papers someone else can handle.

  12. Put papers where they belong.

  13. Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. Saves time, cost of stamps, and paper clutter.

  14. Realize the world won't end if you get rid of much of your paper.

  15. Do you have stacks of magazines you will read "someday"? Why do you need all those? You don't! Eliminate whatever you don't have time to read. Stop subscribing.

  16. Recycle it. Put used papers in a stack where people who need something to jot notes or print out an email joke can help themselves instead of taking a new piece.

  17. Ask yourself: Do you really want to be caretaker of this paper? Do you really want to devote precious space to this? Can you get this information elsewhere?