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The Problem with Paper

By Jennifer Snyder
Look at your home or office.  Are there more pieces of paper lying around than you would prefer?   If we were keeping track, I would guess that more than 50% of readers would answer a resounding YES!   Paper continues to be the #1 organizing challenge in most households.  In spite of the attempts to go "paperless", paper clutter continues to plague many people.

I have said this before and it bears mentioning again:  It is not the paper that is the problem, it is what the paper represents – our hopes, dreams, fears, intentions, history.  Don't believe me?  Pick up the piece of paper nearest you.  What does the piece of paper really mean to you?  Why is it important?  Is it really?

Here is a perfect example.
Believe it or not magazines are paper too.  We have made enough progress in our clutter-busting to tear out the articles from our magazines that are meaningful to us.  Now what?  They sit around until they are filed and if they get filed they are forgotten.  A simple Google search will provide you with the same information as any reputable magazine will have an online version.  Those papers aren't necessary to your happiness, no matter how cute the fruit bouquet found in the article may be.

If you would like your papers to be more organized but don't know where to start, you have come to the right place!  Gather up one pile, preferable your most recent then look at each paper individually.  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does it require action?

  2. Is it recent enough to be useful?

  3. Is it difficult to obtain again?

  4. Are there tax or legal implications?

  5. What is the worst thing that could happen if it were gone?

Once you have eliminated what you can realistically live without, you can now better organize what remains.

I offer, through my website, a step-by-step method for managing your files that are necessary to keep.  This workbook is completely free.  Please visit my website at www.neatasapin.net to sign up to get yours emailed directly to you.

Paper does not have to keep you bogged down.  You are in control and we can help!

Have a Neat day!

Jennifer Snyder, CPOÒ
Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts

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