Taming the Paper Tiger: Part 2
The clutter is gone. The rooms looks tidy. You know where to go to find a document or piece of paper. Now the trick is making it stay that way.
Here are 10 steps to maintaining your home as a clutter free zone.
- Commit to making decisions. Don’t fall into the trap of procrastinating.
- Use your FAT system when you open the mail or bring paper into the house: File it, Act on it, or Toss it.
- Be aware of what paper is coming in and ask if you really need it. For example, if you have 6 bank accounts and therefore 6 statements coming in every month you should re-evaluate whether or not you really need them all.
- Buy a shredder.
- Make a date each week to manage the paper. For example, Monday mornings at 9 you will work on and clear out the Action file, and remove all items that are in the toss area.
- Establish the safe spot for filed items – a cabinet, or perhaps boxes in a closet.
- Make your filing system easy to use. Color code them and make the labels easy to see.
- Re-evaluate subscriptions. Do you really read them?
- Donate magazines to local hospitals, retirement residences and the like on a regular basis
- Review the filing system annually and purge older documents. For example keep tax returns for only 6 years.
Follow these easy steps and the paper tiger will stay in it’s cage!