Paper clutter. We all have it and yet many of us can’t seem to save ourselves from the sea of paper clutter.
Sometimes it can feel absolutely daunting of a task to tackle so you just put it off right. I’ve heard it.
I’ll take care of that next week, next month… Then it never happens.
You’ve been there. Don’t be ashamed of it.
So what do we do about it? How do we tackle paper clutter for good?
Paper Clutter Problems
There are so many reasons why we have paper clutter consuming us everywhere we go.
Here’s the deal… if you ever want to get past the piles of papers you’re drowning in you have to figure out why you’re drowning in them.
Not Having A System
When you don’t have a system in place then you will never tackle your paper clutter. Ever.
You have to have a system in place and you have to be consistent. Getting everyone on board in the house is also a must for it to work.
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Not Going Paperless
Here’s the deal… you don’t need everything in your life to be in paper form. If you are on autopay for bills then go paperless.
When you’re out and about shopping and have the option to have your receipt emailed… do it.
Cutting down on the clutter coming into your house will allow you to get organized quicker.
Having An Inconvenient Filing System
When you keep your filing cabinet downstairs but you come in and out of the door upstairs then it will hinder your ability to file things away quickly…
Don’t set up a filing system that is going to be inconvenient for you to utilize. Otherwise, that consistency I mentioned earlier isn’t going to work out very well.
So how do you get organized and stay organized so you can ditch the paper clutter?
How To Ditch Paper Clutter
There are so many different ways to take back control of your home. You may even try a few different things before you figure out what works for you. Don’t be afraid of trying things and ditching them if they don’t work out.
You can pick up a binder to organize your paperwork in. I’ve done this with my daughter’s school work that she insists on keeping. At the end of each school year, I would scan the items and put them into Trello.
I like to use a basket to collect all of the papers that come into the house for a week. At the end of each week, I filter through the basket and file, shred or scan papers to their appropriate place.
Ditch the paper invites and notices for things that come through your home. Put them on the calendar as soon as you see the invite then toss it in the trash. Don’t stack it in the pile of papers on your bar and ignore it.
It is unlikely you’ll remember that invite when the time comes.
By far my favorite way to go paperless in my home is with Trello. I organize my entire life with Trello, including my business.
This is the easiest way for me to organize everything including photos from my daughter’s classroom, her artwork, meal planning, home paperwork and more is to put it in Trello.
Consistency is the key, remember. Since I use Trello for literally everything in my digital life Trello was obvious for me.
How To Use Trello To Ditch Paper Clutter
I use Trello for everything when it comes to organization. I use it to meal plan, keep up with cleaning and organizing my home, our daughter’s school life, holiday planning and more.
So when it comes to going paperless think outside the box.
Here are a few ways I love it for this purpose:
School Paper Clutter
I use the school board to keep track of Natalee’s entire school life. I keep track of her school calendar here. Anytime papers come home with her I add them to her calendar list in her board then throw that paper out.
The artwork is another sticking point in our house. As all mamas out there can probably understand our kids want to keep ALL of the artwork. ALL OF IT.
I don’t want to keep all of the artwork and I most definitely hate cleaning it up every week.
I also keep Natalee’s school photos from her classroom which isn’t pictured here. This is a great way for her to look back on her school year and friends.
Home Paper Clutter – Warranties, Receipts & more
Receipts & Warranties
You know all of those receipts you’re trying to keep track of in case you need to return things? The ones that always fade or get lost? You know the ones.
I like to keep these in Trello along with the warranty paperwork and anything else that comes along with it.
Tax paperwork is another thing I organize in Trello. I upload my documents to a secure file in Google Drive then attach my folder to my Trello card. This allows me to keep my documents secure and allow for quick access.
I especially enjoy using Trello to organize my meal planning. When I find a recipe in a magazine or online instead of keeping a print version I simply save it to my meal planning Trello board.
I also like to keep all of our car registration paperwork here. While car registration belongs in your car it doesn’t always stay there. I’ve been known to accidentally throw it away.
So snapping a quick scan of my paperwork ensures I always have it.
I also attach insurance cards here too.
Shot Records & Health Insurance Cards
There have been times when I needed shot records and it’s so easy to misplace a single sheet of paper when you don’t have an adequate organization system.
I always snap a scan of shot records and keep a copy of insurance cards in Trello as well.
All In All
I know setting up a system can feel daunting. Honestly, I was overwhelmed at first too.
But once I embraced a single way to organize it got easier.
You just never know who might need a copy of your documents and instead of always having to go home to get them you have it right in your hands.
Using Trello to organize your home and life can really simplify things and reduce the paper clutter you’re drowning in.
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