Susan Walko is a professional organizer who stays up at night dreaming of the best way to help others live an organized life. In her blog posts, she tries to stay short and sweet, but don't let that fool you. She has a depth of knowledge that has helped many on their path to downsizing to a clutter free existence. Check her out at www.organiz-er.com.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Organizing Paperwork – Where to Start
Piles of papers all over your home or office can seem
overwhelming. With bills, junk mail, reports, and other information piling up
on desks, tables, and counters, sorting through it all is a daunting task. Often, people don’t even know where to
start. Luckily, we can help!
The first step to tackling the
paperwork mess is to make a commitment to lighten the load of information your
brain must process. Simply put, you need
to receive, read, and consume less data overall. How would one do this, you might ask. The most effective way of accomplishing this
would be to change your habits. If you
stopped watching multimedia, quit listening to music, decided not to read
books, and didn’t view magazines, you’d certainly by well on your way to
shielding yourself from the extra, unnecessary information in a world plagued
by information overload. Since that is
obviously hard and may be unrealistic in modern society, I suggest that you
minimize the amount of paper information you receive and keep in your life.
simple enough, but how does one go about limiting their consumption of
information in a world constantly calling for your attention? It all starts with physical mail your home takes
in. I have worked with countless people
to wade through their mounds of paperwork that they have accumulated over
varying periods of time. The sad reality
is that about 80% of the mail I open is unsolicited. In other words, they are paying me to open
their junk mail that they didn’t want or ask for!
To stop the
paper pileup, you first must get through the backlog and keep mail current. There’s no other way. One idea to help is to put a recycle bin
right next to the door to stop junk mail from entering your home. You can even consider putting a fun sign on
the container! Once you’ve accomplished
that, you can then spend time to remove your name from the many marketing lists
you’ve probably found yourself on, whether you found yourself on them
voluntarily or not. Writing to or
calling any of the current “DO NOT CALL” lists alone is usually ineffective at
stopping all marketers in my experience.
Doing so might stop a few senders, but it won’t stop them all. The best way to get results is to contact the
individuals who have sent or continue to send you unsolicited mail. It may seem tedious to contact all the people
and organizations sending you unwanted pieces of mail, but in the end, it will
be worth the extra effort when the flow of junk mail lessens. It will save you time in the years to come by
preventing you from opening and paying attention to future junk mail and this
will lead to less paperwork occupying your fridge, counter, and kitchen table.
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