Call it sentimental, but the Saver holds on to anything with a story. From a work standpoint, it might be your first winning business proposal from 1995 or that whiteout you haven’t used since you had a flip phone. Most likely, these items are just collecting dust, but the Saver feels reassured knowing that they are always there ‘just in case’. If you find yourself constant telling yourself, “I might need this later!” then read on for helpful clutter solutions.
Eliminate Paper Clutter
Paper is a huge issue for savers, and the vast majority of it amounts to nothing but unnecessary clutter. Take the time to go through your paperwork and throw away what you don’t truly need. If you come across documents that you’re really on the fence about, consider scanning them and saving them as PDFs on your computer rather than taking up valuable drawer space. When it comes to Saver clutter, digital filing methods are your best friend.
Learn to Let Go
Paper isn’t the only problem for Savers. From little desk trinkets to unread books on your shelf, do yourself a favor and learn to let it go. Keep your most important everyday items nearby and important but infrequently needed items filed away. Everything else? Toss it. Shred it. Donate it. As much as you may think you need every anniversary card your manager has ever given you on your desk top at once, you really don’t. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve used something, let it go.
Prevent New Clutter from Coming In
The best way to eliminate clutter is to prevent it from becoming a problem in the first place. Use tools like SpamDrain and PaperKarma to unsubscribe from catalogs and mailings. Toss unneeded paperwork away as soon as you can. Most importantly, turn uncluttering into a daily or weekly habit by setting aside time just to clean out your desk.
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