Paper, in all its forms (mail, flyers, notes, photos, books, newspaper, magazines, note cards, stationary) is one of the most commonly mentioned clutter issue. It's no wonder it clutters up our spaces and our lives. There is so much paper coming at you today and it requires a decision to move it forward.
It's easier to know when you've arrived, if you know where you want to go. So before you file that paper, store that item, create that great filing system or organize your stuff, begin with the end in mind.
Prevent identity theft, shred your old tax records that you no longer need*. Shred any current charge receipts and statements that you don't need for tax purposes or reference. Shred the credit applications, insurance forms, credit offers, or other deals you get in the mail that contain your name and personal information. Shred physician statements, checks and bank statements. Any paper that has personal financial information on it — shred it.
Be prepared for an emergency, organized for a move, or keep your bills and financial information orderly every day. The PIC will even be a resource if the primary bill payer needs someone else to take care of the finances.
One ream of paper contains 500 decisions, a file storage box holds 6 reams of paper which is a total of 3,000 decisions that have to be made. No wonder paper can be overwhelming. Even the most cluttered garage probably wouldn't hold 3,000 decisions. But here are some questions to ask that can help you organize paper clutter.