My client took action organizing paper after attending my Piles To Productive workshop. You can take action, too, and follow these three steps.

Have you ever attended a workshop or event, learned some great information that you wanted to implement but never did it?

Client Implements Workshop Ideas

Not this woman. Barbara attended my workshop last week and within one week sent me this photo update {I’m smiling proudly}:

My client took action organizing paper after attending my Piles To Productive workshop. You can take action, too, and follow these three steps.

She says…

I didn’t take a before picture of this corner of our kitchen counter…sure wish I would have.  Our 12×12 inbox (cardboard box from Hobby Lobby – will upgrade to more sturdy box when found) has the lid on it because it is empty!!  Except for return address labels and stamps!  I found this kitchen soap/scrubber holder with suction cups at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It has pens, paper cutter, envelope opener and post-its handy for processing the mail.

I still have some tweaking to do with folder tabs and populating the ‘tickler’ file, but wanted you to know you have helped this family get rid of incoming paper AT the door.

 Oh, and in the soap/scrubber holder I also have a small note pad to jot down groceries, to do, etc.  My husband uses it to write me ‘morning’ notes about the status of our dog before he leaves home, and maybe an I love you here and there.

Thanks again <3     I’ll keep you updated as we become FREE.

Anytime you want to send me an update of your progress PLEASE do! I love it!

3 Simple Steps to Implement Today

Here are three simple steps to organize your paper right now.

1. Get an Inbox

Get a 9X12 box (or an old shoe box or a plastic tray or whatever you can find) to use as your inbox. ALL paper now goes in the inbox until it is processed.

2. Process paper daily

Every. single. day. Don’t skip a day. If you want to stay on top of the paper you need to act on it every day. If you are not recycling or throwing it out immediately sort it into these three categories:

  1. Keep – To file
  2. Keep – Needs action
  3. Out – It goes out of the house or to someone else

Simple, right? Then you:

  • File your “to file” pile
  • Do the things in your “need action” pile
  • Give the papers to your “someone else.”

Related Content: 10 Things I Do To Keep Paper Organized

3. Create a plan for temporary papers

Temporary papers create a lot of havoc. They need a home, a place to rest temporarily until they are needed. Without a plan they are put on any flat surface and then piles form. These piles build up and then we can’t find what we need when we need it = Clutter.

These type of papers include invitations, sports team rosters and schedules, permission slips, ideas for activities coming soon, a planned trip papers, coupons, bills, contact information and more.

Creating a plan for temporary papers will solve this problem.

In Organized Life Academy there are two months of instruction and content all around paper organizing, making a temporary place for paper (an action file), and processing your paper regularly. Learn more here. You can take control, organize, and create a system to handle ALL your paper. I’m here to help.

Take Action

Implement at least one of these 3 steps, starting with your most current pile(s) of paper, and become more productive, more organized and enjoy more paper-free surfaces.

If you want private help, schedule a call with me here so I can help you determine your next step.

My client took action organizing paper after attending my Piles To Productive workshop. You can take action, too, and follow these three steps.  My client took action organizing paper after attending my Piles To Productive workshop. You can take action, too, and follow these three steps.

Tracy Hoth