13 Ways to Organize and Get Rid of Paper Clutter Forever


Do you have random piles of paper covering your work area, dining table, and kitchen counter tops?

Doesn't it seem like papers always find a way into your home creating clutter?

If it takes you forever to find important papers because you have no clue where you put them, it's time to get organized!

Keeping important papers organized also requires you to get rid of any paper clutter that is not important. This way you know everything you keep is important and not useless.

Creating an organization system will make sure all papers are either filed or discarded. 

13 Ways To Organize And Banish Paper Clutter

1. Create an inbox


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Leave a box or tray on your desk or entryway table and label it as Inbox. This will be where all your papers go.

It doesn't matter what kind of paper they are, in the box they go!It will be the designated area where all papers go as soon as they come into the house.

This will help you keep all the paper together until you are ready to go through them.

2. Or create multiple inboxes


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Ok, maybe one inbox is not enough. You can always have more!Having more than one inbox means you can sort papers right away the moment you get them.

Label them "read" "file" "send" "sort" or anything you want.

3. Make your own personalized mail organizer


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To take it to the next level, you can also follow this tutorial to make your own mail organizer. It not only looks nice by the entryway as part of a command center, but it will definitely help you keep your mail organized.

4. Go paperless with online statements and bills


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One way to reduce paper clutter in your home is to get rid of as much mail as possible.

Make sure you sign up for paperless statements with your banks and any service provider that sends you paper statements. All your bills and records should be available to view online and sometimes you might even get a discount for opting for paperless statements.

5. Keeping receipts in a jar


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If you are keeping your receipts, keep a jar near the entrance of your home. Make it a habit to empty your pocket and wallet as you come in the door and keep the receipts in the jar.

This will eliminate receipts found at random spots in your home.

6. Displaying children's art


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Want to proudly display your children's art but you're running out of space on the wall and fridge?

You should scan or photograph the artworks and make a collage out of the pictures. This will save you so much space on the wall.

7. You can also make kids' art into a photo book


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You can make your kids' artworks into a photo book. This helps to keep all their art pieces together in one book and also reduces paper clutter. It makes it easy to flip through the pages and everything stays nice and neat.

There are different companies that make custom photo books such as Shutterfly and Snapfish. Shop around and compare different companies to see what they have to offer.

8. Designate a space for all paper 


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Organize your office space so you have a designated area for everything, including papers. This is where you can place your paper inbox so all incoming papers have a place to sit before you sort through them.

You should have a section for papers that need actions and another section for filing. Make sure you have an empty box or trash can to collect paper to recycle.

9. Mobile command center


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If you don't have room or an office, try creating a mobile command center. This shows that you don't need the perfect dream office and desk to keep everything organized.

All you need is a cheap file box and some dividers.

10. How long to keep papers?


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Ever wondered how long should you keep receipts? Or do you need to save your paycheck stubs?

Check out this printable page created by Clean Mama to learn how long to keep your important papers.

11. Recipes from magazines


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If you save magazine recipe cutouts, you probably know how important it is to keep them organized. Keeping the cutouts organized will save you so much time.

You can keep them in folders by categories such as breakfast, bread, desserts, etc. This makes it so much easier to look for a recipe you want. Make sure to label the tabs and you can keep all the folders in a file box.

This method is also useful if you like to print out receipts from the Internet.

12. School paper storage


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Keep your kids' school work organized in a paper organizer. You can divide the paper by grade levels.

13. Color code important papers


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Keep important papers organized in color-coded folders. This will make it so much easier to find something you need.

 Do you have any tips and tricks that you like to use to organize paper clutter? Feel free to share your ideas with me!