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Remember sometime back in the late 90s when people were first figuring out how the Internet worked—everyone talked about how one day we won’t have paperwork or junk mail anymore, and it will all be digital.  

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing those days for a while.

Even well into the new millennium we’re all still awash in doctor’s bills, house paperwork, and loan contracts we need to keep around for whatever reason, and it can all start to pile up after a while. But…you can’t just get rid of it, right? So where’s it supposed to go?

We’re glad you asked. From the desk to the entryway to that part of the kitchen table (admit it, we all do it) you’re bound to find yourself with a lot of paper clutter around the house—worse yet, some of which you might need to keep.

Since every home will have different paper clutter needs, instead of listing different organization strategies, let’s take a look at a few different organization tools and see what they can do to help your home mail clutter:


Desk organizers: We’ll start with the big one first. Desk organizers are, at first glance, an awesome way to organize a home office. And they are! Anyone who has any kind of at-home work to do, from freelance jobs to homework, could stand to benefit from a desk organizer or two on their desk. But they can actually serve a lot of useful purposes elsewhere in the home—leave one in the entryway to help sort mail, use them on coffee tables to organize magazines, and so on.


In and out boxes: Whatever you choose to use, from old shoeboxes to plastic storage bins, setting up two boxes to process incoming and outgoing stuff like bills, doctor’s appointments, house paperwork, and the like. It’s not an ideal long-term solution but it’s good for reminding yourself what still needs to be attended to.


Filing cabinets: It’s an old standby, but filing cabinets can serve a number of needs around the house. Even if you’re not a home office kind of person, you can use file cabinets to store important long-term documents like home deeds, birth certificates, prescription information, and more in a way that will keep them safe while making sure they’re easier to get to. (As a bonus, many of them come with locks for an extra layer of safety.)


Magazine racks: True to their name, magazine racks are great for those of us that still read magazines (or with kids that still read comic books) to keep their living rooms free of mess, but there’s a few other uses you can squeeze out of them too. Try placing them in the bathroom to hang onto reading material (again, we all do it, it’s okay), use them in the pantry to hang onto cookbooks and old issues of Bon Appetit, or mount them into the wall to create a mounted corner side table.


A shredder: Trust us—there’s plenty of documents around the house you don’t need that still have enough personal information on them to make it worth your time to invest in a shredder and make confetti out of it all.


Have you come up with ways to reduce paper clutter in your house? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

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