Saturday, July 12, 2008

Paper Clutter

Ok.... I am needing some help here.

Please tell me how you handle all of your paper clutter. It seems to grow in the night and I am having a horrible time managing it. !!!!!!

Today I am working in my office.

Tell me - what do you keep as far as receipts/paid bills/ etc. I think I keep too much.


I am looking for some words of wisdom. Practical Words that I can apply. Today.


HumanClay said...

Buy folders n manage all paper through folders. I hope it will work...

Darlene said...

15 minutes at a time is what Fly Lady says. Label folders and get a box for folders for last year items and make a month folder to go in the box. These are some tips given to me. Sometimes it works if you take the time to do it. I completely understand. My office is horrible. I could spend a while in there. Good luck!

Jenifer said...

When in doubt THROW IT AWAY!!!! Don't keep receipts, write down what you bought in your check book and once again THROW THEM AWAY!!!!

DeeDee @ No Greater Joy said...

human clay - I have folders - probably too many of them LOL Even my folders need sorting.

Darlene- I have tried 15 mins. You know I love my flylady. But sometimes 15 mins is just enough to take care of today's items. I am BEHIND... and needing to catch up... I think I just need the discipline to get in there and STAY until I am caught up - MAINTAINing will be easy (I think) if I can ever get caught up LOL

I think I am even using my time on the blog just to keep me from having to tackle it some more

And Jen - I AM TRYING - i promise!

Thanks for you input ...
I am seeing some light at the end of the tunnel (of paper).


Girl After God's Heart said...

Hi! I dont really have any ideas about the clutter, but I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog! Hope you have a wonderful week!


bev said...

An easy way to sort and prioritize at the same time (both paper and email) is to create a folder for today, a folder for this week, and a folder for sometime. Try to get through you today folder by the end of the day. When new tasks or emails come in, drop them into one of these three folders, then you're not overwhelmed by clutter.

Tricia said...

We keep a receipt basket, when it gets full I record the receipts in our budget on Excel, so we know where our money goes... then I shred receipts I do not need, file the ones I may need to keep for some reason.

I have a tax file, a "receipts" file with separate folders for appliances, lowes/home depot (James is always needed to return something to one of those stores so I never throw those receipts away), clothes, etc... I also have medical files for everyone..., a bank file, a file for each vehicle, (the list could go on and on, we have a tall 4 drawer filing cabinet and it is full) about once a year I go thru our filing cabinet and thin out and throw away...

Hope this helps... I can't imagine helping you, you always help me with your great ideas!!

Darlene said...

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