Going paperless is pretty much a pipe dream at this point, but we can all take one or two free or easy steps to have less unwanted paper in our lives. The less that comes in, the less you have to organize. Take five minutes to act on one of these steps below to reduce paper in your life.
Steps to go PaperLess
1. Stop your newspaper, or subscribe to only one day a week.
2. Get off direct mail lists at the Direct Mail Association site.
3. Reduce unwanted catalogs in one fell swoop by signing up at CatalogChoice.
4. Stop donating to charities that mail to you, because they sell your name to other charities. Don’t stop donating to your favorite charities, but do it via the web or local office and ask to be removed from frequent mailing list.
5. Let magazine subscriptions expire if you didn’t read them last month.
6. Transfer business cards your phone or Outlook contacts on the spot using a free smartphone app like CardMunch.
7. Display kids’ artwork with clever front-loading storage frames from DynamicFrames. You don’t have to keep or display every piece of artwork your child creates. But you can easily have a heavy rotation of your favorites.
8. Scan decaying family photos and share the disks with everyone in your family to preserve the memories.
9. Stop hoarding coupons you won’t use anytime soon, and instead, get special offers right when you need them at sites like RetailMeNot
10 . Toss all the recipes you’ve never actually cooked, and store the rest digitally, making them searchable by ingredient, using NeatDesk or similar paper scanner.
What step will you take to reduce your paper piles?
Get Organized wishes to thank Darla DeMorrow for contributing this post.
Darla DeMorrow is an award winning Certified Professional Organizer®, Color With No Regrets consultant, decorator, author, speaker, and owner of HeartWork Organizing. She helps her clients to reclaim control and add beauty in their lives, their homes, and their workplaces. Request your free 31 Simple Tips for Organizing Space, Time and Paper & Information at www.HeartWorkOrg.com. Her new book for new moms, www.PregnantEntrepreneur.com, is available in hardcopy and e-book.
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