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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Use Filing Cabinets for Your Most Important Papers DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley LimitedDon't consign completed paperwork to the messy mountain known as "To File." Filing records promptly means you’ll always be able to find the information you need quickly.

Keep It or Toss It?

Desktop efficiency experts tell us that the 20/80 Rule is alive, well, and running amok amongst the filing cabinets. Specifically, we'll need only 20 percent of the papers that are entrusted to any filing system; the remaining 80 percent are never seen, consulted or handled again.

When adding to your household files, always keep the 20/80 Rule in mind in order to cut down on clutter in the filing cabinet. Resolve to limit the contents of your filing cabinet to that important 20 percent; discard any item that won't be needed again.

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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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