Tips to Organize Paperwork: Reduce Paper Clutter And Stop Your Mutter

Tips to Organize Paperwork: Reduce Paper Clutter And Stop Your Mutter

If you follow the rules to reduce your clutter you will eliminate every reason to mutter.

The great news is that this can be done by each and every one. It's time to put your paperwork where it belongs - that doesn't include your counter top, under your bed, or just remembering it in your head.

All you need to do for achieving success from your cluttered paperwork is follow some simple rules that will help you know where to put your paperwork and where to find it when you need it.

1. Decide if you really need all your paperwork.

We tend to save many of the things people give us in paper form. It's hard to tell why we do that but we do.

You need to evaluate if it's really important or necessary to save every program or flyer you receive when you're participating in an activity. I would be willing to bet that it's not.

Your chances of reading last month's performance schedule ever again are practically non existent.

Some paperwork helps you with the present, but has no place in the future.

2. Have plenty of file folders, labels, and storage containers for paperwork.

If you give each type of document its own file and label it you will keep up with filing and organizing in the future.

A helpful hint is to not have a miscellaneous folder because people very seldom think of looking in the miscellaneous folder when they are searching for something. It will end up being your put everything in file and then you will not be truly organized.

As a rule of thumb, anybody should be able to go in to your paperwork and find something if you have organized it correctly.

3. See if you can save some paperwork on a computer.

There are certain documents that you need the originals of and those need to be kept in a safe place. They need to be in a spot where you can find them quickly.

As for other things, you would be well served to invest in to a scanner and save them on your computer. Computer back-up systems are very small and take up no more room than a small container.

4. Get a fireproof safe or filing cabinet.

The important paperwork you have should be protected by either having a safe deposit box, a fireproof safe, or a secure filing cabinet.

Fireproof is important because original documents are either impossible, time consuming, or expensive to replace.

5. Create an inbox of paperwork that you need to organize and file.

As your paperwork comes each day, put it into a tray or box.

Make a habit of filing whatever is in that box in the garbage or proper place at least once a week. That will keep you current and ahead of the game.

You will be thankful for that when life is busy and hectic.

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