GO! Challenge #30: Pieces of Paper

Organizing Paperwork

We are nearing the end of the Get Organized! Challenge, so it seemed like a good idea to design a task you will feel good about. Today we are simply recycling 30 pieces of paper. Once you start digging around, you may even find more!

Whenever I work with clients, I suggest beginning with things that are out on surfaces. Clearing these areas builds confidence and provides a productive surface on which to work. If you have a stack of paper on the kitchen counter, the desk, the dresser, or the coffee table, tackle that pile first. If your surfaces are already clear, move into other spaces where you may have unwanted paperwork, such as a drawer, a bulletin board, the car, a briefcase, etc.

Any pieces of paper qualify, but to get the ideas flowing, here is a list of potential candidates:

  • 2015 calendars
  • Old “save-the-date” notices and invitations
  • Expired coupons
  • Junk mail
  • Travel brochures
  • Address labels for an old house
  • Old reminder notes
  • Old bills you have paid
  • Receipts you no longer need
  • Business cards for suppliers you no longer use
  • Bookmarks
  • Mostly-used sheets of stickers
  • Out of date notices from schools, activities, or clubs
  • Old homework pages
  • Used shopping lists
  • Doodling pages
  • Unused/damaged envelopes
  • Clothing tags
  • Random “to do” lists
  • Flyers from street vendors
  • Crumpled papers

The goal of this challenge is to move quickly, so if you come across a piece of paper you struggle to shed, keep it and move on.

We may live in a digital age, but most of us still have paper. Where do you tend to stash paperwork when you don’t feel like putting it away?

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