40 Easy Ways to Eliminate Paper Clutter Forever

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Everybody knows that being a parent means having more clutter around the house than any childless person ever thought possible. From toys to baby gear to zillions of miniature socks, there's no end to all the space-hogging stuff that comes with starting a family. But bottles and blankets and binkies aren't the worst of it. What really clutters up our lives as parents is paper -- and lots of it. Who knew adulting came with so much paperwork (especially in the digital age), or that it would be so hard to keep it all organized?

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Maybe school field trip permission slips and book fair fliers are spilling out of drawers everywhere. Maybe there's so much junk mail piled on the kitchen counter that it's nearly impossible to actually prepare food. Maybe there's so little time to go through the "non-junk" mail that the bills never get paid on time (because nobody can find them). As for the refrigerator, it's likely so covered in kindergarten art projects that a construction paper avalanche begins every time somebody tries to get a glass of milk. The problem with paper is that it never stops coming. It's like an endless stream of clutter that's always on the verge of turning into a flood.

The good news is, there are lots of ways to get paper clutter under control. And once there are some solid organizational systems in place, it's so much easier to keep the paper situation from getting out of hand again. Some of these ideas are practically effortless, while others might take a little extra time to implement. But all of them are potentially life-changing!

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