Here is the videos I promised to get through the paper piles in the house.
This is part of a free video series I have where we dejunk certain areas of the house together.
The first 5 days we dejunk a 1. tupperware cabinet 2. lots of laundry 3. underneath a bathroom sink 4. a catch all cabinet and 5. papers (The one that you have here) Then once a month those who wanted to be a part of this free series gets another video where we dejunk something else together. If you like you can have this free video series too. Just CLICK HERE
We will get rid of all the paper piles that have accumulated all over the house and learn how to stop that from happening to you forever and you don’t have to go digital to do it!
This is step 1 – The Gather
Here is what you will need: 1 or more apple boxes (it depends on the amount of papers you’ve got) some twine (you can use yarn or ribbon if you have that hanging around) a pen and some scrap paper, rubber bands (the kind that the mailman uses to wrap up the mail sometimes) and a scissor.
Go around the house and tie up or put a rubber band around one pile at a time, after you have it all wrapped up you will want to name the pile. This will help you easily identify it should you need to find something and also will help you when it’s time to go through each pile.
The way you determine what to call it can be by location, for example: “End table in the living room” or what that pile represents, such as “Car accident papers”
Write what it is called on a scrap piece of paper and stick it under the tied yarn/twine/ribbon or under the rubber band and toss it in the box.
Then go to the next pile till there are no more piles left in the house.
When you are all done put the lid on the box(s) and put it/them in a particular area in the house, maybe a closet, or a spare room or in a corner in a room.
Then make a commitment to take 15 minutes a day to go through each bundle. Most will be shredded and or recycled.
Those that you will keep put in an empty box marked “KEEP” and we will deal with those things after all the piles and boxes have been gone through.
Be sure and keep the KEEP in the same batches you have before, maybe now they will be held in a paper clip or an envelope, but be sure to keep the name on it that was it’s original.
In the last video we got rid of all the paper piles that have accumulated all over the house and today we will learn how to stop that from happening forever and you don’t have to go digital to do it! (But I do tell you how you CAN go paperless, and I do recommend that fyi)
This is step 2 – Management YOUR way!
In this video instruction we will learn how to keep the piles from ever accumulating again, and how to manage papers that come into the house.
Here is what you will need: 2 mid size decretive boxes (one with a lid preferably hinged) one picture storage box.
You can use any mid size box or basket you have in the house, but the picture storage box you’ve got to get. Here is the size of the storage box 11.2″x 4.5″x 7.8″ they sort of look like shoe boxes and can be purchased in any craft store. You will need 12 letter sized envelopes, a rubber band, a pen, calculator, postage stamps (if you snail mail your bills) and a sandwich size plastic baggie.
If you have done yesterday’s work of “The Gather” then you are ready to put an end to the piles so that they will never accumulate again.
It’s pretty simple actually, we love simple.
It is all outlined in the video step by step, let me know what you think and if you need any more additional help.
Now, as part of this series expect one video a month for a total of 12 months where we will dejunk a section of the house together.
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