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4 steps to rescue your space from paper clutter

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Is paperwork a source of clutter in your home? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to keep paper clutter under control, either at home or at work. For some, a messy desk might spark creativity. For most of us, however, disorder means stress, distraction and poor performance. The good news is, we have 4 steps to help you tackle paper clutter.

1.Create a paperwork sorting system and streamline your files

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Tamara Rahoumi of Martha Stewart Living suggests a paperwork sorting system should be created based on subjects and priority. Labels such as “finance”, “education”, “urgent” can be useful, have your most important files stored securely in a metal file box, while other files stored in magazine file organisers (as shown in the picture above). Additionally, it is important to have a file drawer close at hand for current projects, suggest label: current projects; another drawer for documents relating to finished projects you want to hang on for a little while, and files you may want to keep for a while but don’t need urgent attention (We recommend clear this drawer every 1-3 months depending on how quickly it fills up).

2. Set up an entryway paper organiser or kitchen paper organising zone

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If you are lucky enough to have a sizable entryway, “make it easy to keep mail in the same spot every time you make a trip to the mailbox by creating an organisation station right when you walk through the front door”, says Louisa Kamps of realsimle.com.

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Aby Garvey of simply 101.com points out kitchen is a natural landing spot for paperwork at any home, but this doesn’t mean your kitchen need to be filled with paper clutter. The solution is to create an organising zone in the kitchen, where incoming mails and other paperwork can be handled and organised.

If don’t have a lot of space in the kitchen, don’t worry, even a small counter-top filing system using a small basket or file box could help. One of the advantage of have a small basket or file box containing essential tools for dealing with everyday paperwork, as suggested by Aby, is that you don’t have to worry about lack of space for dealing with paperwork  when you have guests over. Simply move your file basket or box temporarily into your bedroom until your guests leave.

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Apart from incoming mails, other paper such as receipts, electric device user manuals, and business cards for local tradesmen and even takeaway menus can be sources of clutter, too. So it is equally important to dedicate space for items in those categories. i.e. a labelled binder for all your user manuals, a business card folders for local business.

3. Minimising incoming mail by going paperless

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Going paperless can reduce your paper clutter and benefit the environment. When you deal with existing paper, ask this question: can I find this information online, or somewhere else quickly? If the answer is yes, bin the paper.

4. Get rid of unwanted mail early, and declutter your paper along the way

Whatever system you go with, they key is to give your paper designated destinations, and act according to their urgency and importance.  This way, you will reduce your chance of losing important files and/or missing deadlines. An added bonus, is that you will have the space to display the nice post cards received from friends and family:)

Try these steps and see if they work for you, we’d love hear your feedback!

 

 

How to get organised and stay organised, forever!

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1. Don’t wait, start now, start small

Focus on one thing at a time, if you think you can’t manage the whole wardrobe, how about start with a drawer. Aby Garvey, who runs professional organising courses online says: “this is an incredibly useful strategy if you are feeling overwhelmed by clutter or your to-do-list.”

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2. Know yourself and create the right system works for you

Nina Saeki, a former architect and vice-president of JALO, the Japan Association of Life Organizers, believes that decluttering strategies must be individually tailored, that no single approach fits everyone. While some of us tend to be naturally organised, most people would benefit from hiring a professional organiser who is experienced and able to create and/or customise a storage and organising system which suits each family and/or individual’s needs. Once you have a functioning system, all you need to do is to maintain it regularly, sounds much more manageable than digging through a room full of clutter, right?

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3. Group it, label it

Of course, for those of you who are keen on DIY, it is possible to create a good storage and organising system with a few good strategies and some thorough understanding about your own lifestyle. To start with, space planning is essential, after you get rid of your clutter, plan your space and then invest in adequate storage. If you are renovating, work with your contractor to make a good storage system. Once you have the adequate storage, define the purpose of any space and group your possession, last but not least, label your possession.

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4. One in, one out

Once you get organised, stay organised by stick to the “one thing in, one thing out” rule. For example, if you buy a new frying pan, chances are your old one isn’t working, get rid of it now before clutter build up in your space.

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5. Make regular decluttering your new habit

Admittedly, it take time to cultivate a new habit. Take your time, edit your possession on a regular basis. Why not schedule your own declutter session now? Write down in your diary the space your want to tackle and when you want to do it. Or if it feels too overwhelming, contact us now. We’d love to help!

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6. Reward yourself

Here is the best part, celebrate your decluttering success, whether it’s big or small. “This step is one of the best ways to stay motivated as you continue moving forward.” Says Aby Garvey from Simply 101.

 

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Wouldn’t it feel great to get your place in order, find items and documents when you need them, and be more in control of your calendar?

We believe life is so much more enjoyable when you’re organsied and your home and/or working space is less cluttered. Since you are here, chances are you share a similar belief. You too can enjoy your life without looking at stressful clutter or digging through piles of stuff to find your needed items!

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Having too much stuff in your living or working space can feel suffocating. Decluttering and organising is about deciding what to keep and what to let go, creating a storage system and an organsing routine. With our tailor made solutions based on your lifestyle, in just a few hours you will feel enlightened and be able to enjoy your home and/or working space. Whether you are overwhelmed by a house full of stuff and don’t know where to start, or collected hundreds of organising ideas, but struggle to move from ideas to action, we can help.

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