Start with just five minutes a day.
“But I can’t accomplish anything in just five minutes!”
Five minutes a day is more than nothing, it’s a containable time period, and by the end of one week – you’ll have dedicated more than 35 minutes to your de-cluttering goal. Here are some road rules to follow, five minutes at a time.
Today’s 5 Minute Fix: Designate A Paper Processing Zone
Paper accounts for up to 75% of people’s clutter. This is often because without a system to handle incoming paper, papers are placed wherever there is open space. The result is piles of papers in different areas throughout your home. Papers land on the counter, the table, on your desk, in a drawer, on top of a dresser, in the car if there is no designated spot for incoming papers. No wonder it is difficult to find anything!
Here’s the secret to handling your paper piles. Create a paper drop zone somewhere near your most-frequently-used entrance to your home. It can be an inbox, tray, counter, or any designated area in your home (and your office, for that matter) where you put ALL incoming papers IF you cannot process them when they come in. Do NOT drop papers anywhere but in that spot.
Got incoming mail and don’t have time to process it? Put it in the drop zone. Got school papers you can’t manage right away? Put them in the inbox. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? Everything that you need to keep, but do not have time to process goes in the drop zone! This one little change can really transform your paperwork. The caveat to your success is committing that you WILL take action on those papers regularly (and often). How often is up to you, but processing incoming paper is a MUST to keep the items moving forward.
See Tips 2 & 3 to help manage the paper and put it into action!