Handling paper clutter is the bain of our existence, right? Paper clutter piles up on all the surfaces in our house. I’m thinking counters, desks, and entryway tables! Do you feel me? I see you nodding your head over there. Pretty much, everyone, I know struggles with this, but I have a solution. And now I’m sharing it with YOU!
The best way to deal with paper clutter is IMMEDIATELY. Hang child art. Toss junk mail. Put bills in the room where you pay them. It’s simple when you break it down like this, but we are so resistant. Why?
Well, I hate to say that it’s laziness, but I think that we can all admit that sometimes it is. We come home from a long day at work and bring the mail in and just dump it versus deal with it. It seems easier until the giant pile starts to stress us out. Don’t worry I’ve got a solution for those of you who just don’t have the brain energy to deal with it immediately. Are you ready?
Get a basket! Put your mail in the basket daily. Don’t let it set there FOREVER though. I want you to pick a mail day and on this day you will deal with all the mail that is in there immediately and without fail. It will cut down on so much stress. The basket helps you to neatly put it away until you’re ready. I have suggestions on how to deal with bills too, but we’ll leave those for another day.
Where should you put this basket?
Putting this basket in the place where your mail and/or school paperwork are already cluttering your house will massively cut down on your paper clutter problem. It is more likely you will use it. Also, you will see it on MAIL DAY!
Mail day becomes an exciting day when you get to deal with all the paper and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve you. Regularly I toss all the junk mail. I put return to sender on all the mail that comes to previous tenants and place it back in the mailbox. Bills are on a monthly system here so I deal with most of them before they arrive in the mail. Medical bills pop up though and I relocate those to the office where I will deal with them later.
School documents do not belong in the mail day basket. These documents move quickly into the child’s backpack for returning to school.
All of these systems come in handy for times when you are not home or heaven forbid something happened to you. Trust me when I tell you that you want to make sure you and your partner are on the same page about your systems from the start. I suggest setting up the systems together (especially when it comes to finances)