Drowning in Paper Clutter? Here’s Your 3-Step Path to Clutter-Free Calm

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Drowning in paper clutter? This helps…

Finding time to deal with clutter is a challenge we all face. And paper clutter, for many, presents its own unique challenges.

As someone who accumulates paper, and yes, paper clutter, I definitely have moments when I feel like I am drowning.

Maybe it’s the interesting article I plan to read. Sometimes it’s the letter I need to answer or the receipt I need to file.

Whatever the specific content, “How do I deal with all the paper?” is a perennial question.

3-Step Process

So here are 3 steps that I’ve found helpful in my paper decluttering process.  And before initiating this process, the over-arching advice I have for you is to start small. No matter what task you’re tackling, chunking it down into bite-sized pieces helps you experience success, build momentum, and keep going.

  • Recycle that Paper: I’m a big recycler. And an extra benefit of recycling is that it creates an intermediate stage in letting go. When you put pieces of paper that you’re finished with into your recycling box you create space for changing your mind. Decide on when you’ll empty your recycling, giving yourself whatever time span feels comfortable. I generally recycle every two weeks. So, if I haven’t needed those papers in those two weeks, I’m much more comfortable letting go.  And if I do need it, in the interim, I know right where to find it.
  • Scanning Helps: A second step that I am considering as an aid to letting go is the idea of scanning certain key documents. Being able to categorize and store things on my computer is new to me, and I’m exploring it with some trepidation! I can see the potential, though. The key here is to make sure that you’ve got a really good backup system. You certainly don’t want to throw out any key documents. So, before you do, make sure that you’ve got them saved, secure, and backed up.

Last, but not least…

  • Everything Counts: A third tip that has been helpful for me in letting go has been to remember that even small accomplishments “count.” I try to get rid of a few pieces of paper a day and validate my choices each and every time I let go.  This slow, steady progress builds on itself.  I am gratified by the results and am gradually creating new habits for myself.

Is letting go of paper a challenge for you?

Are there systems that you have in place to help you with it?

Any tips you’d like to share?

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