Want to de-clutter all of those piles of paper and stay organised?

declutterLast year I revolutionised how I work with paper messes at the office and at home. Today I wanted to share this system again so that you can say goodbye to piles of paper and hello to an organised space!

I had been notorious for working with a desk full of papers. People would scoff at the mess and I would always say “I know where everything is” and in my defense I usually did. The trouble was that one job gets piled on another job, and then it gets higher and higher.

When a new job comes in there is no room to work on it. Jobs were moved around and bits get finished here, pieces get done there, but it was generally a slow messy process. Its not organised chaos, its was just plain old chaos.

The same could have been said for my filing system and incoming mail at home. It would all get piled in my mail pocket until that gets too full to fit any more, then it migrates to another spot where I should then file it, make a note of it, read it, or throw it away. But who has time for that?

These days I am happy to say that I have time for that. With only using as much time as it takes to open my mail each day I have managed to sort out all the incoming mail and keep on top of appointments, invitations, bills, and newsletters. 

Here it is!

Open mail.

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Sort immediately (bills, invitations, letters, and any items that need further action go into my in tray, statements and summaries can go into the in tray, any other material that I want to read in full also goes into the in tray, any junk can be flicked through and then thrown away).

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Once a week I go through the in tray and make a note of all due dates of bills, dates of invitations and RSVPs, and any other actionable material in my diary. Once noted these then go into individual files that sit in the bottom of the in tray for when I need to action them. All other documents are read and filed as necessary.

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Yay organised!

What do you do to keep the paper piles at bay?

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About Kathryn

Hello and welcome to the Brick Road Creative Studios blog! My name is Kathryn, feel free to take a look around. I hope you find some helpful and inspiring bits and pieces here.
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3 Responses to Want to de-clutter all of those piles of paper and stay organised?

  1. smtgoofy says:

    Great job! Paper clutter can definitely take over fast if not kept in check. I have a wall mount magazine rack with three compartments by my entry. Labeled “action,” “to file,” and “to read.” When I bring mail in I immediately go through, junk gets trashed right away…catalogs or things I want to read go in “to read,” things requiring action go into “action.” I process “action” every few days and move items to “file” as needed, “read” or trash. When the file section gets full I spend a few minutes filing into my filing cabinet. As I read items I file or recycle.

    • Kathryn says:

      Now that’s what I like to hear! Its so good having it sorted and organised I forget how much time I use to waste looking for things, while now everything is sorted! Love your system!

      • smtgoofy says:

        Thanks! Organizing is definitely one of those things where some time and effort at the front can pay dividends back in more time everyday. 🙂

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