Are you overwhelmed by paper clutter? Let's organize our paper clutter starting today. In the paper clutter challenge, I'll break it down into a manageable, step by step process to help us get our paper clutter under control.
I really need this challenge. A couple years ago I had all my papers nicely organized, but then a baby, another baby on the way, a quickly growing business, and life happened. Somehow the papers have just multiplied. (Maybe some of you can relate to the multiplying paper syndrome?) I'll be doing this challenge side by side with you.
Since getting our paper clutter completely organized can be a huge undertaking, I'll be breaking this challenge into bite size steps. I'll be issuing a new task every 1-3 days (depending on how extensive the task is). Sign up here for my e-mail newsletter to make sure you don't miss anything.
The goal by the end of this month is to have most of our current paper clutter organized plus have a good paper management system in place for incoming paper going forward. However, this is a big project, and I know you all probably have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. Therefore, I don't want you to feel pressured to get everything done by the end of the month. All the steps of the challenge will be right here on the blog when you're ready for them, so if it takes you 3 months, that's totally fine. You can definitely go at your own pace.
Of course, no challenge is complete without a pretty printable to help keep you motivated and on track. I've created a couple different versions of the printable for you. One has a place for you to check off the other challenges that we've done so far, and one doesn't include the previous challenges for those of you who are new to my challenges. Sign up here to get the free printables sent to your inbox.
Put a sticker or draw a smiley on each day that you complete the challenge. Today's task is something that should be done every single day (and I promise it won't even take you a minute), so you'll need to do at least that each day along with the other tasks as they are issued.
For our first task, we want to stop all the paper clutter from building up all over the flat surfaces in our home. No more starting at piles of paper all over the place. Since most of us don't have time every single to process all the paper we receive, we just want to create a spot for all incoming paper. Set up a decorative box or basket in a main area of your home and always put all incoming paper there. This should only take you an extra minute or so each day at most and will make a huge difference in how your home appears! Here's where my basket is:
It's a basket from Target that I spray painted white (since I couldn't find a white one). All our incoming mail and papers are supposed to go there. It's in our main living area so it's easily accessible.
See all the posts in the challenge:
Step 1 – Intro and set up inbox
Step 2 – Gather all papers
Step 3 – Decide whether to go paperless and gather supplies
Step 4 – Process your paper inbox weekly
Step 5 – Set up your file system
Step 6 – Set up a finance binder
Step 7 – Organize your receipts
Step 8 – Organize your coupons
Step 9 – Paperless billing & set up file structure
Step 10 – Organize Kid’s Papers
Step 11- Tackle Your Backlog
Step 12 – Celebrate!
I hope you'll join us for the challenge. Click here to sign up and get your free challenge printables.