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Simple Paper Management Tips

99% of my clients struggle with some type of paper clutter. No matter what they have called me for in the first place we always find piles of paper around. It is a real struggle for a lot of people.

Paper can come in all kinds of forms. It is not just piles of un-filed bills and mail but encompasses a wide variety of things.

Here are the most common types of paper clutter I see:

  • Financial and bill statements
  • Legal papers – contracts, mortgages, insurance papers, birth certificates etc
  • Flyers and notices
  • Coupons
  • Magazines
  • Old cards and letters
  • Pictures and other memory items
  • Work papers
  • Notices and school announcements
  • Newspapers
  • Sticky notes and random papers with writing on them
  • Reference materials - Handouts and info from events or courses attended
  • Materials created for school or work 
  • Papers that you have to do something with – fill out a form, send back to someone, call someone, etc.

So why do you keep all this paper? The answer is normally one of three things:

1.You have not taken the time to actually go through them and decide what needs to go.

2. You are emotionally attached to it and can’t seem to let it go.

3. You have an intention to actually do something with it…but have not got around to it!

Paper clutter can lead to lots of frustration and financial strain. If you do not have a system to keep your financial papers in order, late fees, missed deadlines and bad credit can be a result. Too much paper clutter can be visually overwhelming and mentally exhausting. 

For most people paper management starts with making a pile, then making another pile, oh then another. It’s time to find a better way!

my paperwork has paperworkA few simple paper management tips:

Focus on the now - Start with today’s piles and work your way backwards.

Trash it -OPEN the mail and throw out envelops and junk as soon as they come into the house. Throw out flyers and other irrelevant papers right away if you know you won’t need them (if you do not have a baby in your life then you don’t need the baby’s R Us flyer, right?)

Get Organized -Find a home for your paper! Develop a good paper organizing system that works for you. Keep it simple!

The toll paper chaos can have on your life is wide, and can lead to depression, anxiety and stress if not dealt with. Managing paper piles is key in our life to keep things simplified and under control.

If you are ready to tackle those pile, get them under control and want my help then my virtual Calm The Paper Chaos course is for you. During the 5 week course we will tackle the piles and get your paper clutter under control. Sorting, purging and organizing the chaos! Sign up NOW to take action!   www.CalmThePaperChaos.com

Happy decluttering,

Kim

change one habit at a time

Why I love my job

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I have a coaching client that I have been working with over the past few months to help her get her financials and paperwork in order, she has been struggling her whole life to be 'good' at keeping up with paperwork and payments and just can't get it!

Last week she came to our session with a big win...we have created a financial tracking sheet that is helping her stay on top of her financials, she has been using them for a few months now and at this session she was proud of herself for how well it is working.

You see, sometimes it takes time to change your habits...there is no miracle solutions! Change one habit at a time, really get it solid then move to the next stage. We are now moving her to the next stage of her frustration and adding some more tracking. 

I love to see the progress that people make as they take control of their life!

change smallMy coach Darlene Smith always says - 'Change small, but change often' to keep moving forward and growing.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with paper, financial tracking and all the piles that gather in your space then I can help. One step at a time, showing you the process I use with each of my clients!

Join my new online course Calm The Paper Clutter launching March 15th.

I have created this program to take you through the process of sorting, purging and organizing all the papers that clutter up your life – including financial, personal, legal, work, activity, kids stuff and we will also be touching on organizing all those extra ‘memory’ papers like pictures, cards, etc. I will be doing 3 online live training sessions and at least 2 open forum Q & A sessions over 5 weeks. All the recording will be available to anyone who takes the program if they cannot make the live sessions and for you to go over again as you move through the process at your own pace, one habit at a time. Other resources will include worksheets, homework assignments and other resources I have that I will be sharing with the program participants as we go.

The program is going to start March 15th and only cost $49 as an intro price...you will not get any lower price for my time, this is a pilot price for sure! Less then 1/2 the price of 1 hour coaching from me, you get at least 5 hours during this course!

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It is amazing how much and how quickly paperwork can pile up on our counters and desks.

In part 1 of taking control of your paperwork we talked about sorting through all you paperwork to understand what categories you have been collecting.  today we talk about reducing the paperwork we keep.

Are you ready to take control of the paper clutter that is covering your counters and piled up on your desk?

The first step to learning how to be in control of the paper flow in your space is to actually know what all those papers are.  This seems like a huge task but a necessary one to actually see and understand the type of paper that is gathering in your space.

Well we are a couple of weeks into the new school year… Always a very busy time in our house and the beginning of some very chaotic schedules that is for sure.