Today’s challenge from The Living Well Spending Less Clutter Free program was to tackle the incoming mail. I know this is a big issue for some but this is one area I’ve always been pretty organized with. As soon as I bring in mail, I sort it into: bills, items that need action, coupons I want to keep, and junk.
The junk mail goes straight into the garbage. Then the other items are sorted into their places. Recently, I got rid of my office desk and with it the baskets, drawers, etc where I kept all those other things. Instead, I now use a binder that I keep in the kitchen. I use a zipper pouch to hold the coupons (I keep very few coupons) and a couple of 3 punch folders to keep the bills and action items. The folders are plastic and have a pocket cut on an angle so it’s easy to get things in and out.
The thing I’ve had problems with with this system is the binder cluttering up my kitchen island. Because of today’s challenge, I decided to find a better home for the binder. For now, I’ve decided to put it in the pantry with my cookbooks.
I just put up something like this in my kitchen for my paperwork and notebook. Not sure if one would work for you but so far I really love it. Easy to access but out of the way.