Organizer offers clean-up tips

Piles of papers pushing you down? Organize your Home Office Day may have come and gone, but it’s not too late to celebrate the occasion, especially since it’s never too late for some spring cleaning.

Here to help is Miriam Mennin, a professional organizer in Greenwich who has tips for cleaning up excess paper  in your home.

First and foremost, Ms. Mennin said a day and time must be scheduled to begin the paper decluttering project. It is also important to decide where you will start and have necessary tools ready. It’s best to limit the first organizing session time to an hour or two, she said.

Secondly, when reviewing files, throw away any papers with information that can be easily Googled and also out-of-date information.

Next, create a filing system for sorting papers that separates them into three different categories — action file for things that require immediate attention like paying bills;  pending file for things that don’t require immediate attention, but should be attended to within the next few weeks, e.g. pending medical insurance claims, an invitation that asks for a call back or an email reply; and reference file for papers that must be kept, e.g. bills for household improvements, bills for big-ticket items, insurance papers, tax records and other important documents.

Finally, Ms. Mennin recommends scheduling 15 minutes every week to review action and pending files so as to eliminate papers that are no longer necessary to keep.

Once a system is in place for filing papers and some time is set aside to deal with incoming documents, your home will be much more enjoyable and organized, Ms. Mennin said.

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