Creating Good Habits: Keep up with Paper and Email Clutter

Since blogging about things helps keep me held accountable, I’m trying to add a new task each week that I’d like to work on. This week, I am going to work on a creating a good habit of keeping up with paper and email clutter.

After spending much of the summer de-cluttering our house, I still have one area that I am working on keeping up with and that’s the paper clutter. There always seems to be certain areas that pile up over time. I’ve been working on a few new tricks to keeping them maintained. I think that will a little effort and just getting in the habit of keeping those areas cleared each day will prevent the pile ups.

I started to get into the habit of not going to my mailbox unless I knew I had the spare 10 minutes of handling everything that might be in there. Bills to the proper folder. Magazines put away in there proper areas. Junk mail recycled. Awesome coupons put away in the coupon organizer. And freebies put away or eaten! This seems to help most of the paper and clutter pile-ups.

As far as email—I’m still working on that one! :)

In the last few months, I’ve been trying to analyze all my magazine subscriptions as to whether each one is worth the money spent on them so I’ll know whether or not to renew them. A few of them I knew I wasn’t reading so I canceled them, even though the subscription wasn’t up to save on paper waste.

I’ve also been taking the info off of any catalogs I’m mailed and not reading and asking those companies to take me off their mailing lists. Some of them are nice to flip through but not having them reduces my chances of buying something I don’t need, too.

I once read that if you get a lot of credit card applications that instead of recycling them and continuing to get them time after time, to open them and mail them back with a note to take you off their mailing lists. Most of them you don’t need to pay postage on and in the end, you’ll save the company money by not soliciting you if you don’t use credit cards, like us. I think I’m going to try that over the next few months. I hate that they waste their time and money when we won’t ever accept their offers.

So this is the good habit I’m going to put my focus on this week. I want to set aside a few minutes a day to keep those pile-up areas free and clear of clutter. I’m hoping some of you will join me. I’d love to hear your progress—and I’d love to hear your great tips on handling paper and email clutter.