Conquering Paperwork

Use Google and Online Manuals To Reduce Paper Clutter

Use Google and Online Manuals To Reduce Paper Clutter

I don't know if you have noticed the trend of the last few years, but less and less things come with instruction manuals. And if they do include some kind of instruction, most often it is just a link to an online manual or company website. Environmental conservation and corporate cost-cutting measures have helped forge this new path, but what does it mean for also reducing paper clutter in our lives?

While companies might be helping set the trend for less paper clutter in our homes and offices now and in the future, they can’t do much about the stock-piles of manuals we already own. For those, I think digital solutions are plentiful, and for that, I strongly suggest that you be willing to part with your manuals. Just be sure that you keep any warranty information. As well as any identifying model or serial numbers that you can’t locate on the device itself.

For anyone who thinks this sounds like a drastic clutter-busting task, I suggest the five following re-assurances to help put your mind at ease and reach for your recycle bin.

File Under “f” for Fun: Tips For Sorting Paperwork

File Under “f” for Fun: Tips For Sorting Paperwork

So you are ready to tackle those mounds of papers that are falling off your desk and filling up your drawers! YES! I know the road to success seems far away, but rest assured, with a plan of attack and some realistic, attainable, goals AND a new plan for the future, piles of papers will be a distant memory.

The first thing you should do that will help set you up for success is to gather some basic office supplies. I recommend the following:

  • Box of manila file folders

  • Box of hanging files

  • File cabinet or box

  • Color-coded file tabs

  • Label Maker

5 Tips To Reduce Paper Mail Clutter

5 Tips To Reduce Paper Mail Clutter

I know it might be hard to remember, but there was a time before email. A time when correspondence had to be delivered the old fashioned way, with pen (or typewriter) to paper. And a time when mail was actually something to look forward to getting.

These days, however, all mail has become an annoying chore. We deal with email all day at work, and then come home to boxes full of bills and junk mail. With the pervasiveness of social media, who sends thoughtful notes or love letters? Life is very busy and I admit, with all my organizational goals, there are some weeks where my mail pile grows larger than I would like it.

But to help keep that from happening, if I am disciplined, these 5 tips help keep my mailbox from overflowing and overwhelming my already hectic schedule.

An Organizing Process for Magazine Clutter

An Organizing Process for Magazine Clutter

They kind of creep up on you— those stacks of magazines. Issue by issue they trickle in one at a time, maybe two, from all different places. Maybe from the mailbox, the grocery store, and the doctor's office (you know they won't miss it). And before you know it, piles of magazines are overflowing on kitchen counters, the dining room table and bedroom night stands.

For anyone wanting to live a simple and organized life, (and we know that is you, right?) mountains of magazines all around the house is not helping achieve that goal. So what to do? Do you just resign yourself to the fact you'll never have time to read them all so off to recycle they go? But you really want to know the best way to cook fried chicken and the latest craze in slingback sandals!

If your recent past is any indication of your short-term future, copious amounts of free time is not going to magically appear on your calendar, giving you the gift-of-time solution to your backed up– or should I say stacked up– reading dilemma.

So here are a few tips to help you tackle your stacks without sacrificing their contents, OR making you take hours to sift through piles of magazines.

How To Eliminate Paperwork Chaos

How To Eliminate Paperwork Chaos

Paperwork organizing can be overwhelming at times. Two weeks ago I said "that's it!" and declared my war on paperwork. First of all, this is a pretty big deal because even though I am a pretty organized person I realized I was still being held back by this persistent pile of paperwork that I just kept shuffling back and forth from one room to another.

Paperwork Filing Tips: A Step-by-Step Guide

Paperwork Filing Tips: A Step-by-Step Guide

Paperwork file organizing is a major component of an organized and functional office. In this post I write about how to keep paperwork from piling up into random chaos. This post is all about how to construct a filing system for all the papers that you have to keep.

5 Simple and Quick Steps to Organize Your Mail

5 Simple and Quick Steps to Organize Your Mail

Organize mail coming into your home or office and take a huge first step toward getting a handle on the paperwork clutter in your life. Six days a week you have to deal with it. The mail. Sometimes it is a trickle. Most times it is a stack. And it is almost always JUNK! Mail is the engine that keeps the paperwork motor in every home churning. The unfortunate truth is mail can get out of control very quickly.