Occasionally, a bank charge will pop up on my statement because I wasn’t paying enough attention to the rules. (Note to self: Don’t forget to use the business debit card at least once a month to avoid a service charge.) A similar thing happens at the library. We always have a LOT of library books at our house, and I would need a staff member to truly keep track of the due dates. My daughter has taken on that role. (I’m so thankful for that!)
Online banking and online access to my library account have, of course, helped me keep track of things much better. I also now keep lists on my phone, as opposed to paper ones. Virtual sticky notes on the computer work best for others. I used to think I had to have things out in front of me to remember to do them (which means for years I was a piler, not a filer. That changed somewhat when I discovered binders for filing and for organizing my paper clutter. I use them in much the same way as this from The Happy Housewife. This system has CHANGED MY LIFE.)
|Does it bother anyone else that the Cooking label is the only one that is horizontal?|
I will always tend to be a piler, though, and I have to keep the daily mail and paper clutter controlled, or the piles will grow. The reality is, there are many systems out there, and it took me a long time to figure out which systems work the best for me.
The following ideas have helped me organize my daily life:
Handle each piece of mail or paper only once. (Toss or file immediately.) I hear this one a lot, and it’s a lofty goal, but I have to say, working toward it (although I’m not there yet) has helped me tame the paper.
Don’t try to stick your To Do list, coupons, schedules, etc. on the fridge with magnets so that they’re always in your face. (I’ve tried this, and it doesn’t work. The fridge clutter just becomes a part of the kitchen scenery and makes me nervous. It’s amazing how peaceful a clean, blank fridge front can be.)
Go over the next day’s tasks and schedules the night before. You’ll sleep better.
- Set aside a time each week to declutter and file paperwork. If it’s on your schedule, you will be more likely to do it.
How about you? Do you have any tips for organizing your daily life and keeping paper clutter down? I’d love to hear them!