We all have paper clutter. It's one of the hardest areas to manage because it comes from all different areas. Some you need to keep long-term, some you need to keep short-term, others you need to keep temporarily, and ones you want to keep.
Here are my top 7 Clutter-Free Ways To Manage Papers.
Go electronic with all your important papers and scan!
You know the papers I am talking about: tax returns, bank statements, checks, etc... There are many scanners out there. Find one that works for you and work through your piles. If you have a large number of papers to scan, purchase an external large hard drive. Make sure it is 2 TB or more.
Go paperless with your bills!
Contact your bank and set up bills to be paid electronically or set up reminders. If your bank is larger, you will most likely find almost all your companies. Or, you can go and make an auto payment through your credit card. Then, log into the different companies through their website and change your bills to electronic filing. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the companies and write them down on a piece of paper. Go through one by one, write the login information(username and password), account number, and change your paper mail to electronic mail (use the same email address for your bills).
Scan receipts with your phone.
Whenever you get new receipts, scan it right away by taking a picture with your phone. There are many apps out there. In the past, I used Tiny Scanner on my iPhone. I can upload the scanned PDF image to a Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive accounts. It's great for papers that are not private.
Go paperless with your articles and research.
Use an electronic notebook like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote. I wrote a post about Microsoft OneNote on my Admin Blog. You can create notebooks for your different research topics. You can share with others. In Microsoft OneNote, you can add a password to the notebook as well. I am not sure if Evernote can do that. If you know, please leave a comment below.
Get rid of your printer!
If you like to print out papers from your computer, minimize this by getting rid of at least one printer. I know this may be hard, but you can do it. It will force you to find other ways to save stuff. And, it may help you minimize what you save.
Scan your paper recipes!
If you are like me and love magazine recipes, this one is for you. I wrote a post about how I went digital with my recipes. Here's the link.
Have a large shredder near the recycling bin!
This one is to help you with mail that comes into the house. Place your shredder near your recycling bin. This will remind you that you need to shred the papers right away, every day. When you purchase a shredder, spend extra for a large capacity shredder, that way you can shred entire envelopes of mail at once without having to separate it.
I hope this gives you some clutter-free ways to manage paper. Do you any tips or tricks you want to share on this topic? Please leave a comment below.
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