Before you jump into that project, let’s make sure you have set yourself up for success and completion. You can do this by reviewing the Six Stages of Getting Organized. These six stages apply to most any organizing project, whether you’re clearing that spare storage room (aka guest bedroom) to create an office, or decluttering the living room, organizing the kitchen shelves, cleaning out the garage, or tackling that pile of papers.
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.
Don't let it in the door!
You've put in a lot of work on your organizing project. You've created the space to enjoy your things and you've put in the time to maintain what you have. But what about new items? How do you bring in new items and prevent your hard work disappearing under clutter again?
The reason that many organizing attempts don't work is that the maintenance required for upkeep is beyond what we are willing to do. Sure you can beat yourself up and say you should do this or that, but I say go with your natural tendencies or at least don't actively work against them.
The second stage in getting organized (and working on your organizing project) is to LET GO of what doesn't work for you, what you no longer use or need, and especially what you no longer love. Letting go is not just getting rid of things, it's about creating the space and the time and the energy for what you do want.
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.