How to Conquer the Paper Overflow

You’ve cleaned up your lawn and at your old holiday decorations. Now let’s look at something that may fill you with dread: all that paper!

First of all, remember the electronic storage available to you. If you’re still receiving paper bills, switch to email to save both trees and clutter. Many documents can be stored electronically: scan or take clear pictures of receipts, old leases and contracts, old records and invoices, pay stubs, etc. Save a copy in your computer and consider backup storage on a secure cloud server in case of emergency. Not only does electronic storage clear up space in your home, it makes it easier to sort and find these when you need them.

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Of course, some documents can be dealt with immediately and then tossed out. Set aside a spot for any paper that needs immediate attention: invitations, notes from school, forms to sign, etc. Check on this every day, or at least every other day. Likewise, some documents should be kept in their original form. Set a specific file for birth certificates, marriage certificates, mortgage and tax documents, car titles, and important medical paperwork. 

Of course, what about children’s artwork? This is arguably some of the most precious paper in the house, but it can quickly become overwhelming. Designated a place such as the front of the fridge or a specific spot on the wall and fill it with artwork. When your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, etc. present you with new treasures, either snap pictures or scan old art for storage, and then replace it on the wall. This way you can share artwork with family for years to come.

Conquering the paper overflow is a huge step to making your home feel tidy and free of clutter. When you’ve decluttered your paper, call Mr. Junk in metro Atlanta and let us haul it away for you!

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