For the month of May, I challenged myself and you to do a Paper Purge.
Have you joined me? If not, it is not too late. If you have, what insights have you gained?
One of the ways that I am getting rid of paper is to stop it in the first place or handle it as it comes in. Here are some of the tips that I have employed this past week:
- Handle mail as soon as it comes in: toss, recycle, shred, scan or place in an action folder (requests for donations).
- Stop tearing out recipes from magazines and take a photo of the recipe. Suggestion: If you do not use it in a month, delete it from your phone.
- Schedule a day and/or time to file the small numbers of paper you intend to keep for records (only save records), scan (if you did not do it when you handled the paper) and shred.
By not having a few “working” piles of paper in my visual sight this week, I have gained some space and freedom.
I am excited to create more space this coming week.