January 5, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on 4 Decluttering Tips for Managing Mail
& Other Piles of Paper
Keeping kitchen counters and tabletops free of clutter can be frustrating – especially after the holidays. The biggest offender? All the mail and paperwork that we receive each day.
Here at Country Curtains, we’ve had enough. So we did a little research and a bit of brainstorming to develop simple but surefire ways to manage that paper clutter. Follow these tips, and start your year fresh and clutter-free!
TIP #1: Make an inbox or a special place to put all incoming mail.
Place a basket on your kitchen counter or desk. Drop all mail and paperwork inside when you don’t have time to sort through it. This keeps everything contained and safe until you have time to review it on the weekends, or as often as you can. Make it a habit to keep mail in one place, and you will never go crazy looking for a catalog, coupon or your child’s permission slip again.
TIP #2: Sort your inbox on a regular basis.
Divide everything into three piles:
- Important mail and papers that need action.
- Junk mail to discard. If your community recycles, drop this entire pile right into the recycling bin.
- Shred pile. This pile should contain credit card offers and any mail of a sensitive nature. Run this pile through the shredder.
TIP #3: Sort the important documents again.
Once you have whittled that massive paper pile down to important documents, separate it again into three more piles:
- Bills to pay.
- Items that need attention (such as invitations that require a response or paperwork that requires a phone call).
- Items to file.
If you can sit down to pay bills, file and make calls at this point, do it! Procrastination is your worst enemy, because it means clutter sticks around (and so does your stress).
If you don’t have time to take action right now, keep these three piles separate using rubber bands, paper clips or file folders, and label them accordingly.
TIP #4: Make it fun.
Organizing is a lot more fun (and beautiful!) with the right tools. If your organizing station is located in your kitchen, entryway or anywhere else visible to your friends and family, make sure it looks lovely.
Here are a few of our favorite organizing tools that perfectly balance function and style:
If you have additional tips on how to organize and declutter your home, we’d love to hear them. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook.