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TTM #17: Dealing with Paper Clutter

on January 10, 2018 by Jami Balmet 6 comments

Do you ever struggle with paper clutter? Do you find yourself drowning in all.the.paperwork? You are NOT alone!! Join us today as we discuss a 4 part system for dealing with all the paper clutter. 

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How to process paper clutter: 

Here’s what we cover in today’s episode: 

  1. Process immediately
  2. Make a weekly folder
  3. Pick a set time each week to deal with it 
  4. Process and throw out the REST!! 

Out of sight, out of mind: 

 If you struggle with trying to find a way to keep up on daily/weekly tasks I have two suggestions: Start using a planner or a daily disciplines sheet to write in those daily/weekly tasks! 

I personally use a daily planner to track everything, but I used to use a daily disciplines sheet on my fridge. I actually may try getting that out again. I have a free one you can download to keep track of daily disciplines here

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  1. No idea what to do with bills and important stuff, but for kids’ artwork I have started taking a picture of the artist holding their masterpiece. (It gets printed in my chatbooks later) I love this because I only keep a select few pieces of the actual artwork and when i look back I can see how proud they were- and how tiny! Haha.

  2. We too are trying to get a handle on our paper clutter. Does anyone have advice about art my kids do? I don’t want to stifle their creative projects but the amount created piles up quickly!

    • I like the idea of having one file folder or box for each kid and storing away things in their boxes/folders! I know other moms who take pictures of their kids artwork so that they can always save it but don’t have to keep all the paper clutter!!

  3. I enjoyed listing to this this morning! I have a suggestion for the Mom(s) who want to keep every piece of childhood artwork. A (very tidy, super organized) friend only keeps artwork with fingerprints on it. (Like handprint turkeys, etc.) Her son is 9, and only creates artwork at school, (he has special needs, and visual art is not his preference for leisure time) so she doesn’t have he challenge of a parent of a teen who paints, draws and sculpts. But, that does help draw a line so you don’t feel compelled to keep every piece of artwork that comes through the door. (A big relief to me with a 3 year old who loves coloring, stickers, glue and all things crafty!) Anythink else special, but not necessary to keep she photographs and she is building a digital photo book.

    For my own paper clutter, I take pictures of recipes, articles, etc (or find the link online) and put it on a Pinterest board if I think i’ll Be looking for it again someday. Then I recycle/donate the magazine.

    Thanks for the podcast! It’s giving me a boost to go clean off my desk! 😉

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