October is Paper Clutter! Yes, you heard it! Paper Clutter! We all have it. In the electronic age, we still have paper clutter. Why? Many of us have not gone to paperless. It is that simple. Many don’t feel comfortable. There is something about getting that envelope in the mail to make it real.
3 Stages Of Paper Clutter
In The Midst Of It
Whatever stage you are in, it is important to simply
Set up an area in your home to Cha! Cha!
Sort by ‘THROW AWAY’ and ‘PUT AWAY’
Designate Amount Of TIME You Will Spend On It Each Day And
As a kid, I used to like to play the game, ‘Secretary’ where I loved having piles of paper on my desk. At the time it made me feel important. Of course all I did in the game was move the piece of paper from one side of my make shift desk to the other side never really looking at it.
This is where I developed the bad habit of:
It started rather innocently. Today I would like nothing better than to get rid of this habit. What do I do I do instead? I find myself moving the piece of paper from one side of my desk to another.
Most say to deal with the newest incoming mail first. And that is where my problem lies. What is it about it that I don’t like opening up my mail that I end up with this huge pile of paperwork in a month’s time?
Bills & Medicare
I am on Disability for Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. I WISH I could work full time. But no one will hire me because I can only work for about 30 minutes and then I have to break for 15. This is where the bills pile up. I don’t get enough each month to pay all of my bills.
I would like to point out that this money I get from the government is what I have paid into. Many think it is a government handout. It is not. I get a disability check based on the income I was making at the time of my disability. This was back in 2002 and the monthly check worked. Today with inflation it no longer does.
For some reason Medicare can’t seem to say everything they want to say on one piece of paper. And all letters from them look the same so each has to be opened up. I used to file it away, thus all the paperwork. Today it gets recycled but not before it seems to create a big pile.
In October 2012 I did a major Paper Declutter and wrote about it for 31 days. Because of my technically challenged skills I haven’t been able to get those blogs moved over to here. The following photo is what I did get rid of and it was very freeing.
If you would like to know how I stayed with this for 31 days, I will have to redirect you to another blog of mine. I will give you the link to follow there.
It’s 8:00 PM And I Haven’t Gotten Rid Of Any Paper Clutter!
I promised myself I would do some everyday. The paper clutter I am going to be dealing with is just basic paper clutter.
Do A 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie!
So tonight, I am setting my goal as doing a 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie and grabbing trash bag to go through the house looking for paper clutter. Be advised that some may not be paper clutter, just simply clutter that needs to be tossed as I will be doing the “Do It Now” principle as well.
Yay! I got it done! I did a 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie! 25 Stands for the day of the month I was born. It really didn’t take too long either and my surfaces are thanking me for it!
Keep Getting Rid Of Paper Clutter and Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS
I am glad now that I took the time to do a 25 Fling Boogie. It wasn’t hard at all. Hardest part was getting started!
Today not much paper clutter eliminating going on today. I have gotten through my mail and thrown the envelopes and fillers out.
Today I just had to be outside dead heading flowers for seeds for next year. I did pick up twigs and that is where paper comes from so I guess I did some paper clutter eliminating. Just in a different form. You know what? That is okay too! Why? Because I am keeping this month’s habit “Paper Clutter” in a very important part of my brain. It is called “TODAY.”
So what type of mail did I have today that I went through? I had 3 bills, 2 junk mail letters that looked important, 1 thank you letter, 1 magazine, 1 sale book, 1 yellow post card saying I have something too large to put in my mail box and 1 phone book. Those 2 junk mail letters sure looked official and I think that is what gets us hung up.
Junk Mail Pays The Bills!
Through this challenge I took upon myself and hope you are playing your own game, I have learned something new about our mail. I have found that mail carriers get paid according to the amount of mail they deliver. So they WANT us to have junk mail! Now isn’t that interesting? Do the research yourself and you will find information about it.
Not All Is Junk Mail!
There was one Thank You Letter I received and it is so appropriate for this month. It is a thank you letter from Watertown Women’s Resource Center where I donated self help books last month that I can count as my paper clutter and their need for books like these. I also donated my business suits and a sewing machine. You see the Watertown Women’s Resource Center is a center that empowers families and individuals affected by domestic abuse to achieve self-responsibility and initiative through advocacy and support. It is one cause very dear to my heart as I have been affected directly and indirectly with this social issue.
So it was a nice pleasure to get a thank you letter from them inviting me to visit or schedule an educational program. You see my clutter is blessing someone else right now that is working at getting out of a difficult situation called “Domestic Abuse.” I feel proud now that maybe in some way I may help someone to have the courage to get out of their situation. Not only is October’s Habit “Paper Clutter,” but it is also Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Disabilities of invisible illnesses and a few more.
Donate Self Help Books To Domestic Violence Shelters
October is also ‘Domestic Violence Awareness’ Month. I ask you if you have self help books that you have read and feel you no longer need them, instead of them collecting dust in your home or in a box or that you see it as clutter, please donate these books to a resource center like I have. It has been a great feeling that I have done something positive for my community. I may even save someone’s life by releasing my clutter that will benefit a facility that helps families of Domestic Abuse.
Keep Ridding Yourself Of Paper Clutter and Keep FLYing!
It was so nice to receive a Thank You Letter for appreciating my clutter.