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Dealing with One of the Most Challenging Forms of Clutter: Paper Clutter.

https://gretchenrubin.com/2019/04/dealing-with-paper-clutter

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Dealing with One of the Most Challenging Forms of Clutter: Paper Clutter.
Paperwork is one of the toughest forms of clutter to vanquish. Often, it's much more anxiety-provoking and draining than going through a clothes closet or a desk drawer. To decide what to keep and what to toss, ask: Do you actually need this piece of paper or receipt?

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Paper clutter

Paperwork is one of the toughest forms of clutter to vanquish.

Often, it’s much more anxiety-provoking and draining than going through a clothes closet or a desk drawer.

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To decide what to keep

Ask yourself:

  • Do you actually need this piece of paper or receipt? 
  • Will it quickly become dated?
  • Will I find a replacement on the internet? For exa...

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Worrying about regret

Some people think they'll regret getting rid of papers and wished they'd kept some of it.

You can create a holding box: put papers in that box for six months—or even a year, if you're ...

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Getting too organized

We want to get organized, but not too organized.

Don't make files so specific that you can't find anything later, or so that you spend all your time labeling files.

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  • When you don’t have financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing you to accrue fees for being late with the payments.
  • Replacing lost items and buying duplicates of those we didn’t realize we already had can carry a cost that adds up quickly.

Stress

Examples of stress clutter can cause:

  • Having guests over becomes an embarrassment or an event that takes all-day preparation.
  • Each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.
  • According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy.

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