I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but trust me, your life is going to be 100 times simpler after today! Papers are everywhere in my home, they span every room from take-away menu’s in the kitchen, manuals in the living room to old school documents in the office. Going through this much stuff can seem daunting, but I promise, it won’t be as bad as you’re imagining.
- 1. Go through every drawer, shelf and cupboard. For some of you, this section is going to take a lot more than a day. If you have a lot of paperwork, try tackling one room (say, the office) and gathering all the papers from there. Then task yourself with decluttering a different room every day this week, you’ll be done in no time. No matter if you’re doing the whole house or just a room, make sure you’ve gathered up every post it note and scribble!
- Divide your papers. Rather than dividing papers according to type, try dividing them according to importance. This should leave you with 4 piles;
- Keep (I need a physical copy of this document)
- Keep (I could make this document digital)
- Shred/burn (this document contains sensitive information, but I no longer need it)
- Bin (just utter rubbish).
- Now that you’ve divided your papers, let’s start with your most important pile, the documents you need a hard-copy of. I suggest getting a display folder with clear pockets. That way, everything is together, and you won’t have to hole-punch all the pages. The folder I use also has a pouch on the inside cover where I keep my passport and other smaller things that may get lost in the shuffle. The folder will include everything from exam certificates to recent bank statements, make sure you go through it regularly to keep everything current.
- Scan. If you have a pair of shoes you might want to return, or a warranty that hasn’t expired, scanning these documents can be really helpful, both now and when you go looking for it. Personally, I use an app called Scannable, which backs up my scans to my Evernote account. It’s such a speedy app to use as it senses where the document is meaning I don’t spend loads of time hitting buttons and setting corners.
- Shred/burn. Anything with your address or other sensitive information should be disposed of appropriately through whatever means you have available. If you don’t have a way of destroying it right now, put all these papers in a bag by the front door as a reminder the next time you’re heading out.
- Bin. This one should be easy, chuck the rest in your recycling bin – no need to have it sitting around.
So there you go! Hopefully, you’ll have freed up a lot of space in your office or bedroom today, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on in the comments or over on Instagram or Twitter! See you tomorrow!