4 easy ways to organize papers in your home
By Aimee Heckel
Having an organized house can save you money. Especially when it comes to your papers.
Organization can save you money on bills, by eliminating late charges, service charges and interest, if you lose a bill or forget to pay it, according to Joanna Monahan, a professional organizer, aka “liberator,” with the women-owned organizing company Major Mom. Monahan’s specialty: organization for the whole family.
“Especially around the holidays, that’s when the spending can get out of control so quickly,” Monahan says. “You want to have a plan and be able to lay your hands on the things that you need to make it thru the holidays on budget and without the stress.”
Here are some of Monahan’s expert tips on how to control your papers, so they don’t control you.
1. Stop the incoming papers.
Subscribe to a service that opts you out of junk mail. Remove yourself from mailing lists. Stop those catalogues.
When you get the mail, sort it outside, over your recycling bin, and only bring into the house things that are actual pieces of mail that need your attention.
2. Organize all of the paper in your house.
Collect all of the papers from all over your house and bring them together. Sort them into piles and purge. Scan anything you can and then shred it.
Need a shredder? Find a wide assortment of paper shredders at Sears, like this SimplyShred for $129.99, built to handle even credit cards and staples. Save money on Sears purchases using these Sears coupons.
Read more articles about saving money at Sears here.
Keep all paper in one place. Schedule a regular time into your calendar, whether daily or weekly, to deal with mail and papers.
3. Sign up for electronic bills.
Some companies are still not offering this option, but most do.
4. Create a system for dealing with your children’s crafts and art projects.
We appreciate the sentimental value, but you cannot keep every piece of art your child makes. Set up a special rotating display, where you hang your child’s favorite recent piece for a week or two, and then recycle them. Keep only the most special.
Monahan has a personal rule: Nothing with glitter or food is allowed in the house.
“I’m not going to store anything that might attract critters, and the glitter just gets everywhere,” she says.
If throwing art away is hard, take a digital photo of the picture and store all digital pictures in one place on your computer or an external hard drive. At the end of the year, print the photos of the best in a hard-bound, full-color book and keep that in your library.
Save money on other products for babies and kids using these coupons.
Other articles you might also enjoy: