“I can’t work at my desk because there is paperwork and stuff everywhere. I’m using my kitchen countertop as my ‘office’ because my desk is so cluttered. But the green bin doesn’t work either. It’s become a dumping ground that I rarely sort through.”
— Contest Winner, 2013
- Left handed or right handed? Placement of storage items is important. For the left-handed contest winner, we placed the paper sorter and pen holder to the left of the computer.
- Label categories and take the guesswork out of where to put items. Your chances of finding an item when you need it should also improve.
- Write a to-do list. Place the list in the To-do section of the sorter. When you add a task, write it down. When you complete a task, check it off. If you prefer a digital list, take a look at Remember the Milk, TeuxDeux, Todoist, and Prioritask.
- Sorter: Create categories for incoming mail and paperwork.
- Binder clips: Use binder clips to attach labels to the sorter.
- Cardstock: Make cardstock labels. Use either a single color or a rainbow of colors. Choose colors you enjoy looking at.
Photo credits: © Paula Berman Organizing and The Container Store (paper sorter)