Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by piles of mail and stray papers cluttering up your home? This type of clutter can not only make your space feel disorganized and chaotic, but it can also make it difficult to find important documents when you need them. The good news is, decluttering your mail and stray papers is easier than you may think. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to declutter your mail and stray papers for a more organized home.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to declutter mail and stray papers.
The best way to develop a new habit is by slowly and daily application. We will begin a new daily declutter habit starting with the Entryway, Foyer, and Mudroom. In the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, we will declutter 30 minutes a day, five days a week on weekdays. Sign up to receive daily encouragement and motivation.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the Entryway, Foyer, and Mudroom. The daily task for today, Feb. 9, 2023, is to declutter mail and stray papers. Remember, we are focusing on just the Entryway, Foyer, and Mudroom area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Say Goodbye to Clutter: How to Declutter Mail and Stray Papers for a More Organized Home
Step 1: Assess the Situation. The first step in decluttering your mail and stray papers is to assess the situation. Take a walk around your home and make a list of all the areas where you tend to accumulate mail and stray papers. This may include your kitchen counter, your desk, or your coffee table.
Step 2: Sort and Categorize. Once you have a list of the areas where you accumulate mail and stray papers, it’s time to sort and categorize them. For example, you could separate them into categories such as bills, magazines, and miscellaneous papers. This will make it easier to know what to do with each item.
Step 3: Decide What to Do with Each Item. Now that you have sorted and categorized your mail and stray papers, it’s time to decide what to do with each item. For bills, create a system for paying them on time and file them away once they are paid. For magazines, consider subscribing to digital versions or unsubscribing from ones you no longer read. For miscellaneous papers, decide which ones are important to keep and which ones can be thrown away.
Step 4: Take Action. Now that you have a plan for each item, it’s time to take action. Start by paying your bills, unsubscribing from magazines, and throwing away the miscellaneous papers that you no longer need. Once that’s done, file away the important papers in a designated spot.
Step 5: Organize and Maintain. The final step in decluttering your mail and stray papers is to organize and maintain your space. Create a system that works for you and your lifestyle, whether that’s a filing cabinet, a paper organizer, or a digital filing system. Make sure to regularly go through your mail and stray papers, and get rid of anything that is no longer needed.
Decluttering your mail and stray papers can seem overwhelming, but by following these steps, you can easily get rid of the items that are holding you back and create a more organized home. Not only will your space look and feel more organized, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment and relief.
In short, decluttering your mail and stray papers is essential for keeping your home organized and your mind clear. By following these simple steps, you can declutter your home, boost your mental health, and create a space that you love.
I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.
Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.
As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.
Step By Step Decluttering guidelines for How to Declutter Mail and Stray Papers
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
How to Declutter Mail and Stray Papers
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
How to Declutter Mail and Stray Papers:
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:
Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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