Organize + Energize: 6 Reasons You Can’t Get Rid of Your Paper Clutter
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Some will say they know exactly what’s in their heaping piles. It never fails, as I help clients go through their piles, we always find something important in there. We also find things they forgot they had and let’s not forget all of the cash, checks and gift cards that are found. If you want to find money, start going through your paper piles.
Here are 6 reasons you’re paper piles keep forming:
No systems in place. When there is disorganization and chaos at home and work, it’s because there aren’t any working organized systems in place. When there are systems in place, life has a better flow. Create a working filing system for every piece of paper that enters your home.
You continue to work with broken systems. You may have made attempts at creating systems with your paper, but the systems have failed. Re-visit your system 3 months after you implement it. If it’s not working, it’s time to re-evaluate and tweak your system to work for you.
Postponed decisions. You may have a piece of paper in your hand and you don’t know where it belongs, so you place it on a table. This will continue to happen on a daily basis. Before you know it, all of these postponed decisions will lead to piles and piles of paper.
A life-changing event occurred. You may have had a death in the family, a newborn baby, or you are going through a break up or a divorce. A life-changing event can turn your life upside down. Routines that you practiced before now get pushed to the wayside and you let things slide. Before you know it, the paper management system that once worked really well, has turned into paper piles all over the home.
Not enough time in the day. This is an excuse many people use. Do you have 5 minutes in your day? Once you have systems in place, it’s a matter of taking your mail when it arrives, sorting it and processing it. Tackle it when it arrives, take less than 5 minutes, handle it and be done. Create that routine, the routine will become a habit and it will become an everyday way of life.
It’s too overwhelming. You may have tried to tackle this before and it was too stressful, so you just decided that it was easier to continue to pile than to actually tackle the project. Believe it or not, there is a way out. How many attempts have you made to tackle this project? You may find you get distracted and lose focus easily while tackling this project. Break the process down and take it one pile at a time. Decide what to keep, toss, shred and categorize what you’re keeping. Create your systems from your categorized piles. Remember; take it one pile at a time. Move out of the room where the paper is and take it to a clear space so you can stay focused.
After you tackle this project, you’ll have a fresh start. You’ll have a process and a system to handle every piece of paper that enters your home. Your mail will arrive, you will take less than 5 minutes, process it and be done with it.
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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