What IS it about figuring out how to organize papers that
throws us into a tizzy?
a era where we have more technology than ever before, and more
opportunities for storing things electronically and virtually, we still
have an epic love affair with paper
I completely, wholeheartedly love
paper, too...the smell of
paper, the feel of paper under my fingertips,
the way it crinkles
But I also recognize that paper
is one of the most insiduous forms of
- it just keeps coming at us!
can easily get overwhelmed by piles of paper if we don't keep up with
it, because it walks right in the front door uninvited, in the form of
mail, junk, bills,
fliers, magazines, catalogs, books
...you name it,
it's coming in.
as much paper as you can first,
before you even think about organizing it.
Most of the paper you keep and
organize and file away is not worth keeping in the first place (studies
show that over 80% of
what gets filed is never referenced
If you can easily find the information somewhere else (on the internet
or at the library), throw it out.
you keep it because you mean to go through it someday, set a date and
if you haven't gone through it by that date, throw it out.
you get down to the smaller piles that you will actually keep, the
easiest way - by far - to organize papers is to get yourself a good
(or bankers boxes) and some hanging file
simple categories (like "phone bills" or "insurance" or "clients"), and
then put the papers in the appropriate files.
For more information on how to organize papers and files:
And for more information about which papers to keep (and
which to toss):