• Elizabeth A.

March Madness... the paper kind

Spring is around the corner and tax season is here! This time of year is perfect for a little Spring cleaning #whoiswithme and today I'm focusing on your home office space. How can you clear the clutter so that finding tax paperwork and receipts will be easier? What to do with all the piles of paper? Where to even begin?

In a previous post I shared a step-by-step decluttering and organizing process for your office space. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to click the link. I find that paper organizing is a common need for clients (it's so difficult to keep track of it all!) so in addition to those tips I posted before, I'm sharing a few more today. Are you ready to tackle the paper madness? Here's where to begin:

1. Categorize- This always comes first, no matter what space you're organizing. Categorizing means sorting, sorting, and yes, more sorting. Create piles of like-items or papers that fall under the same category. Health bills, manuals, home receipts, etc. Naturally, while you sort, you'll be skimming through papers and hopefully recycling anything you no longer need to keep.

2. Edit- One you're done with all the sorting (whew!), it's time to edit. Editing means you're getting rid of items you do not need, use, or want to keep. In this case, be sure to shred any papers containing personal information (if you don't have a shredder, places like Office Depot will charge a small fee to shred your documents). Also, please consider recycling any paper instead of trashing it!

3.Contain & Organize- Now that you've edited and know exactly what you are keeping, it's time to organize (my favorite part, y'all). If you're wanting to purchase new products for organizing, make a trip to The Container Store or shop online and be sure to get measurements of your spaces beforehand! The organizing part can be tricky, so if you're feeling overwhelmed or just want the help of a pro

organizer, get in touch with me! Ultimately, you want to be sure that you're planning for products that will fit your space and contain the amount of items you are keeping. In addition, consider what style of products you prefer (clear plastic? metal/ wire? fabric? acrylic?) You want to not only buy containers for their size and functionality, but also for their style, because your space will look all the more #aestheticallypleasing :)

And one last quick tip: Don't be afraid to buy extra product, just be sure to save the receipt. It's so hard to "get it right" when shopping for products and I find more often than not that I'll be short a bin, or that I should've gotten more drawer organizers, etc. So get a few "extras" because you may just end up needing them!

As always, I hope you enjoy the process and feel free to reach out if you need a helping hand.