Day 19 and we’re going to deal with the dreaded paper clutter. Gather up all your important, unimportant and down right random papers and documents you have laying around. You’re going to make three piles (keep, scan, shred).
Keep important documents like birth and marriage certificates in one place so they’re easy to find in case of emergency. For example, we keep our important papers in a binder and put the binder in a fire proof safe. All the other papers that are not absolutely vital, but still important (tax documents, old medical records, etc) go into a box we keep in storage.
Make sure that any documents you’re keeping are filed away in a organized manner. Make file folders, binders, and labeled boxes your best friend.
Scanning papers and saving them digitally is a great way to decrease clutter, but still have those documents easily accessible. If you’re scanning sensitive information, make sure that the storage system you’re using is secure and password protected in case of theft. Be sure to store away any scanned items you need to keep and shred/toss the ones that you can live without.
If you’re up to your eyeballs in kid related school papers and art projects. Consider scanning them or taking a picture of them and putting it into a photobook.
Shred anything else you no longer need, but contains sensitive information. Another great idea is to keep a paper shredder and trash can by the front door. That way any unwanted mail or credit card offers can be dealt with immediately instead of cluttering your counters.