NEVER FEAR! HELP IS HERE!
I have been looking at the same pile of papers on my living room floor for over a month. The thought of organizing them stresses me out. I think many of us have piles or spaces that seem too overwhelming to start organizing. However, there comes a point where we surrender to our desire to be organized and dive in.
The internet seems to be the first place to go for help. So we do a simple Google search on “How to organize paperwork.” Okay, about 45,700,000 results. Whew! Pinterest will give us some ideas, let's go there. Five minutes later and we are still scrolling through pins. How about a good book on paper clutter? Amazon results: 65 books. Not as scary as the google search but still kinda overwhelming. Finding a solution to clutter can be as intimidating as the organizing project that you are trying to start. So I've come up with few things to help you move forward with your project.
ASK FOR HELP
If it’s in your budget, hire someone to help you organize. A professional organizer can take away the guess work on which solutions work. If it’s not in your budget, ask a friend to help you. They can be an accountability partner that helps keep you focused and motivated.
THERE IS NO "PERFECT" SOLUTION
As the old saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome.” Which means wildly different ideas on organizing can still lead you to your desired result. Before you go on a search for a solution, first acknowledge that no one book, website, blog, and/or pin has the only usable solution. There are many ideas that work and some that don’t. Trial and error is the best way to figure out what works for you.
START SEARCHING FOR IDEAS AND SET LIMITS
When searching for a solution be as specific as possible. Instead of searching for “paper clutter” do a search for “organizing children’s artwork.” Break up your space or project into smaller sections, then look for solutions to each of those sections individually. Starting small and completing that first section will give you the win you need to motivate you to move on to the next section. During your search, set limits for yourself. An Internet search can be a never ending rabbit hole. Set a timer for 15-30 minutes to search for online ideas. That will give you plenty of time to find some usable solution
If you are organizing your office, work or personal, check out the follow along printable worksheet
we created to help you with your project!
GO EASY ON YOURSELF
Clutter is a common problem. Even if you are completely organized right now there is a good chance clutter will find its way back into your life at some point. That is okay. Even the best organizers can revert back to old habits. The important thing is to be forgiving of yourself and try again.
I don't know about you but I’m ready to tackle my pile of paperwork. I can’t wait to see the empty space on the floor, to have less clutter to manage, and to have more time to do what matters most to me.
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At JLB Simplify Home and Unpacking Organization we help people on a regular basis who are overwhelmed with the state of their home. It is a normal thing and even happens to professional organizers! This is because life tends to throw more at us than we can handle from time to time. We created the JLB Simplify Organizing Blog to help provide tips and advice for anyone trying to get more organized as well as to be honest about how hard getting organized can be. We hope that you find useful information as well as comfort in knowing we all struggle from the JLB Simplify Organizing Blogs.
Thank you for reading,
The JLB Simplify Team
The JLB Team