4 Essential Tips For Organizing Paper Clutter in Your Home

by Simplify

Paper clutter is something we all have to deal with, and The Minimal Mom has a solution. She has developed an entire system on how to organize paper clutter. So if you were wondering what to do with your paper clutter, what to keep, and what to toss, keep reading.

The first rule of a paper clutter organizer is - small piles aren’t scary. Don’t let your papers accumulate and turn into a headache, sort them as soon as they enter your house, so you always know what’s in your piles.

Another tip is to keep all the paper clutter stations out of the kitchen, the busiest part of the house. Calendar events get uploaded into the phone calendar. Most importantly, The Minimal Mom sorts papers into four categories:

1) Trash/recycling/shredding. She immediately throws out or recycles any papers that she definitely does not need, including coupons for things she had not been planning to buy anyway.

2) To-do/action items. With things that require action, the rule is “if it takes less than 3 minutes, do it right away”. The Minimal Mom also keeps a clipboard with things that need action but have been postponed so far.

Tips for organizing paper clutter

3) To file. Things that should just be stored, like tax receipts, are placed in folders, divided by categories, and labeled, or in the safe. Papers that are accessed regularly are stored separately from the archived documents that might never see the light again.

4) Time Will Tell. Otherwise known as the “slow paper ban”, this bin reduces the indecision and “what if I need it later” stress. This is where things that will soon become irrelevant or things to be looked at later go. This pile is not scary, because nothing in it requires action, and the stuff on the bottom is probably expired anyway.

Tips for organizing paper clutter

This is how The Minimal Mom keeps her house paper-free. Good luck organizing your own paper clutter!

For more organizing ideas, discover these easy kitchen space-saving hacks or this guide on how to get rid of surface clutter.

To see more videos, check out The Minimal Mom YouTube channel.

Join the conversation
  • Joan Joan on Nov 30, 2022

    not helpful... it's the decision part that's hard

  • Trinity Trinity on Dec 10, 2022

    What about your child's drawings, etc? That's where I have trouble getting the kids to let it go.

    • Millie Millie on Dec 12, 2022

      Maybe they could have a binder notebook to store them in and at the end of the year ask them to keep just their favorites. I’ve held on to lots of drawings that later on they’re not interested in them at all.