Have You Looked Around Your Home Lately?
Since most of us are stuck inside, it might be a good time to look around your home for paper clutter you do not use, need, or is taking up space.
Since the dreaded pandemic hit and I was stuck in the house more often, I couldn’t help but see the clutter that I didn’t see before. When I was honest with myself, I realized that I do not and probably will not ever use or refer to all the binders of paper in my office. Most of it is training and educational materials for real estate and sales.
Assess What To Keep
While I’m still working from home, I am no longer gallivanting about like I usually do and therefore have a little extra time on my hands. Today, I was thinking about the mass amount of paper clutter in my bins, on my shelves, in my office. Quite a bit was given to me during my real estate training, and some are notes and training for other areas of life and business.
I just kept filing what I received because, then, it would be organized. Also, I thought I’d be going through the notes, following every step, and referring back to the pages. Sadly, there are probably two or three reams of paper in binders or containers that are just clutter. I have not referred back to any of it even once.
While I have them all organized and labeled, the mass amount is overwhelming.
Give, Shred, & Move On
So, what did I do? I went through everything and phoned a friend who may need the training materials. She said she wanted two of the sets of training and asked me to keep them for her. They are now packed in a bag with her name on it.
(Update: The papers have been delivered to their new home!)
I gave some, threw some away, and the rest was shredded and forgotten.
If I need any of the information in the future, I can repurchase it or download it for free. Besides, how often do we save educational or training information only to realize that there is newer information available when we need it?
There is not much I cannot get online. So, I blocked time to shred or toss. And trust me, I had to get tough with myself because I tend to hold onto certain things.
How about you? If you’re honest with yourself about your paper clutter, are there items you really don’t want, need, or use?
What do you have taking up space that you haven’t referred to or used in a really long time? Can you think of someone else who can use it? If not, is the space it’s taking up or the visual clutter worth keeping it?
You decide, and then, let me know in the comments below.
Is there an area in your home you are struggling with? How can I help?
Until next time…
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