11 Ways to Organize Important Papers and End Paper Clutter

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Home organization is so essential when you have a lot of papers to deal with every day. It seems like important documents pile up in our homes every single day – it’s no wonder we get paper clutter!

Whether you are a busy mom or just someone who has to deal with tons of bills, it’s important to organize your papers effectively and efficiently.

Fortunately, there are ways to do just that. Try these seven tips below and see if they can help you get organized.

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1. Determine how much space you need


Decide how many papers need to fit on each shelf and make sure they don’t over-flow onto another shelf (no matter how tempting!).

The goal here is efficiency – you want easy access while being able to keep things sorted appropriately as well.

If necessary, add more shelves or invest in a filing cabinet depending on what works best for your situation. For example, there may be room in your kitchen cabinets to store important documents such as insurance policies or tax returns – but if it becomes too cluttered you will have problems finding them quickly when you need them.

2. Sort through old files and weed out duplicates


We all love paper clutter but unfortunately it can pile up very quickly! The next time you get new papers, sort through your current ones to see if there are any duplicate documents or papers that you don’t need anymore (such as an application from a few years ago or a newspaper clipping from when your child was born).

These things can easily pile up so now is a good time to start purging them. When determining what stays and what goes, remember to keep important tax documents such as W-2s, birth certificates and social security cards.

If you have too many of these in your home already, consider storing copies at a safe location like your office or with relatives for easy access – but only store one copy of each document so they won’t take over your life either!

3. Donate unneeded papers to worthy causes


You may not be able to part with every piece of paper on your desk but rest assured knowing that others can make great use of those extra stacks you want to give away.

Donating unneeded paperwork is a great way to lighten up while helping those who could benefit even more than yourself; charities or other organizations will often gladly accept these items and assist those who may not have easy access to what you throw away every day.

4. Consider Using Dividers


Use dividers, tabs and colored folders to separate different types of documents. For example, most filing cabinets come equipped with individual drawers where you can sort based on categories such as income taxes or business expenses.

Label these drawers with clear color-coded labels so you can find what you need quicker when searching for specific papers such as receipts.

Furthermore, adding tabs to individual hanging folders gives you even more room for subcategories.

Also consider using colored hanging folders which allows you to maintain a cohesive system and look professional when presenting documents to clients or co-workers.

5. Get creative with storage solutions around your house


Maybe there aren’t enough cupboards in your kitchen or living room to hold all of your files so think outside of traditional ways.

In fact, try looking at non-traditional places for ideas such as under a bed or behind furniture – you may find that extra floor space in just about any room to be extremely useful for storing excess paperwork.

Some people also suggest printing invoices directly from their computer/printer onto blank pieces of paper before throwing them away; doing so makes it easier to file and retrieve later on down the road when needed.

6. Keep up with your calendar and set reminders for bill due dates


If you’re constantly losing track of upcoming appointments or failing to pay bills on time, getting a handle on your scheduling and finances can dramatically improve your ability to stay organized.

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First, figure out what works best for you and whether that’s physical calendars or online apps, then decide how much you actually need that calendar to do.

Do you need the alert sound when it hits the date so you know its coming?

What else would help? Can you have a personal assistant pop up and remind you?

If it’s on your to-do list, can it be automated to appear on your desktop when its time to call someone or make a payment?

One thing is for sure: with all of these modern tools at our disposal, managing schedules and staying up-to-date with bill payments should not be that difficult.

7. Respond on Time

Maintain a place for all correspondence to and from family, friends and work: Not only is it polite to reply to letters in a timely manner but you’ll avoid future paper clutter by keeping a centralized spot for papers regarding these various subjects.

The same can be said of bills – pay them as soon as possible or setup automatic bill payments so you never have to worry about missing another payment again.

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