Organize Your Paper Clutter

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Paper clutter…ugh. The mere thought of piles of paper everywhere is enough to make me cringe. I am compulsive about organization and I don’t skimp when it comes to making sure my papers are organized as well. This post will outline a few options to help YOU get your paper clutter organized!

The first option is hanging file folders and a file cabinet…

or hanging file box (if you don’t have a lot of paper clutter). The way you set these up is completely up to you but I will list a few examples below.

  • Alphabetically Order: This is always an easy option. Simply order your labeled files according to the alphabet and your good to go.
  • Order of importance: This option allows you to keep the most important labeled folders at the front of your file and the ones you don’t use nearly as much at the back.
  • Color Coded: This is a good option if you have a lot of the same type of files. Such as; Bills, Family Documents, etc. You could label your Bills with a blue label, Family Documents with a green label, and so on.
The second option is regular folders and a folder holder

or hanger. I really like folder hangers as they are a convenient option if you don’t have a lot of desk space, but you have some free wall space. Here are a few examples of how to organize this type of set up:

  • Have a specific color or type of folder for each of your categories.
  • Use labels to identify each folder and order them alphabetically with a few letters in each pocket or section.
  • Use labels to identify each folder and order them by importance by putting the most used files within reach.
The last option I have for you is binders.

Binders are great if you have the space to store them. For this option it will work best if you have a designated shelf or cupboard. Here are some suggestions for using binders as a paper clutter solution:

  • If you don’t have a lot of paper clutter you can use a few binders and divider tabs to organize your papers into categories in alphabetical order or order of importance.
  • However, if you do have a lot of paper clutter, I suggest useing multiple binders and having one or multiple binders for each category.
    • If you use multiple binders for each category I suggest color coding them for easy identification and also labeling each binder with the contents it contains. Such as: Bills (Worksheets and Bills Due) and Bills (Rent, Storage, Utilities, and Trash). Also use the suggestions below if you have multiple sections within each binder.
    • If you use a single binder for each category I suggest that you use divider tabs with labels to separate the sub categories within each binder.

Example: Bills Binder

Sub Categories: Bills Worksheet, Bills Due, Paid Bills.


Sub Categories: Bills Worksheet and a section for each of your bills (Rent, Water, Utilities, Car Payments, Credit Cards, Etc. )

I have a freebie for you! It’s a pack of printable labels to help you get started on your journey to a paper clutter free lifestyle!

This pack has blank labels from file folder size to half page size. Print them on full page sticker paper (my favorite is Maco Full Sheet Sticker Paper), fill in the labels, cut them out, and stick them to your files, folders, or binders. (They also work great on other items as well.)

Check out the pictures below to get an idea of what you will be getting. (This pack has 26 pages of label options!!) Then snag the pack below the pictures by clicking the link. There is a color option and a black and white option.

Click the links below to download your FREEBIE!!

Don’t forget to take a look around the blog at all the other great free printable I have available. You can find them in the household and free printables sections.

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