How To Break Up With Your Paper

Are you suffering from paper love? It's defined as "The extreme attachment to paper". You want to touch it multiple times. You are afraid to let it go. You move pile to pile. Eventually its out of control and you lose things like checks or bills.

So how do you break this cycle? Where do you begin?

lots of paper

LIMIT THE INCOMING PAPER

* Opt out of catalogs through catalogchoice.org
* Don't donate through the mail- they send you more solicitations
* Get your bills and financial statements online

SET UP A FILING SYSTEM

* Set up a clearly labeled filing system- keep only what you need
* Have one file marked "current tax" for donation receipts
* Set up an archive box for taxes, legal, and house closing documents

WHAT YOU DO NEED

* Current tax file
* Medical- current and medical history
* Personal Documents
* Home Repairs
* Home Improvement
* Insurance
* Car
* Retirement Info
* Major Purchases
* Furniture
* Decorating ideas-Home Projects

WHAT YOU DON'T NEED

* Cards/Letters- They take up too much room- put them in a box
* Medical- If you have a chronic condition, keep these papers in a binder
* Articles- Keep in a binder by category

ACTION ITEMS

These are the items we use everyday. They should be filed in a small file box, a vertical stacker on your desk or an accordian file. They include:

* To Do
* Pending
* Social
* Bills to Pay

Even as most of us are trying to go paperless, we still have a little paper in our lives. Take those two minutes and process your mail on a daily basis. Also be realistic about how many magazines you have the time to read. If you travel for work, take some with you to read in the hotel or airport.

I have greatly reduced my paper. I have one small file box for my business and one for personal. Everything else is online or I have elimited it. See the picture below.

file box

Take it one step at a time! Reducing your paper also reduces the processing and filing time!

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