Free Yourself From Paper Clutter

Keep paper in its place by using the following tips to cut down on paper clutter.

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Incoming Household Papers DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley LimitedEstablish a home for incoming paper, and use it daily to contain the incoming tide. You'll always know where to find the week’s bills, mail and announcements.

Decide to Decide

What force lies at the bottom of paper pileups? Like all clutter problems, the culprit is deferred decision-making. It's fun to flip through the day's mail at the kitchen table, but if it's left there to molder, it'll have to be sorted again later. Chances are, important items will go missing.

Instead, decide what to do with each piece of paper the first time you handle it. Ask yourself, "Will this item need to be paid, answered or filed?" then drop the paper into the appropriate folder of your Action File. An immediate sort-and-stow operation heads off paper clutter at the source.

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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