Since we are in the third week of the month, tell me how you are doing decluttering paper daily. I have received emails and had comments from many of you who have implemented this routine into your day.
Decluttering paper is a necessary habit for us. If we do not declutter paper regularly, it will take over our homes. Papers cause some of you emotions. Papers cause some of you to make decisions on what to do with it. Some of you are paralyzed when it comes to getting rid of papers.
What should you keep?
What should you toss?
Will I ever need it again?
Will my kids want to have their papers when they grow up?
I need to make a decision, so I should keep this paper.
Meanwhile, you have papers you have been holding onto for months.
I want you to take a deep breath, set your timer for 15 minutes, and start dealing with your paper stacks.
Really try to take action with one piece of paper at a time.
Trash it or shred it.
File it. (Set up files if you don’t have anything set up.)
Make that call if needed.
Decide how to handle your children’s school papers. You are not obligated to keep every piece of paper your children produce. Keep what is necessary for state laws for homeschoolers. Keep some sentimental papers. Share their artwork and writing with others. Then, whatever is left, toss it in the trash.
While you are decluttering paper, keep telling yourself to let it go. Having a lot of paper in your files is not your security. You will be decluttering paper for the rest of your life. Even in a digital age, we produce a lot of paper.
Keep practicing this habit. Write it down on your daily schedule. This habit will also help you if you struggle with keeping up with your bills because you will be going through your mail daily. Set up a file or envelope to put bills as they arrive. Make a note for bills that are on auto-pay. Make a note for statements that you receive electronically.
I want you to have cleared flat surfaces and no piles of papers sitting around your house. You can do it!
Today’s Zone Mission is to shine the bathroom sink and counter. Toss items from your Stash and Dash.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!