- Set up two paper bags: one bag for paper to be shredded and one for paper to be recycled.
- Label the bags. At some point you may forget which bag of paper has to be shredded and which bag of paper has to be recycled.
- Gather all paperwork in one place. Work through one pile of paper at a time.
- Sort phase: separate papers into categories before filing them. Don’t slow down the sorting process by filing paper away during this phase.
- File with retrieval in mind. Give files names that make the most sense to you: Car or Auto?
- Buy enough filing supplies to complete the job.
- Onsite paper shredding. Hire a mobile shredding company to provide onsite shredding if you have a significant amount of confidential paperwork and you don’t want it to lie around until you can get around to shredding it. Time saved and money well spent!
- Sign up for online statements and bills. Reduce the amount of paper that comes into your home.
- Eliminate junk mail. Use PaperKarma.
- Hanging file folders
- Manila folders
- 1/3-cut tabs: The 1/3-cut tabs have more space for writing labels than the 1/5 cut tabs.
Finally, we are ready for paper shredding! Shawne from Pantera Shredding provided onsite shredding at the contest winner’s home. He arrived early (thanks Shawne!) and the paper was shredded in the blink of an eye.
Photo credits: © Paula Berman Organizing