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It's important to reduce your paper clutter as much as you can. Unsubscribe from those catalogs or magazines that you don't really require. If you're receiving junk mail there are websites that can help you avoid getting it like the FTC.gov. That way, it won't accumulate in the first place. Arrange to get your bills online and don't print out anything unless you absolutely have to. For example, those recipes those you found online can be bookmarked for future reference instead of printed out. Do you enjoy reading? Why not invest in an e-reader so you'll never again have to buy a hardback book.
Step 6. It's time for the O word
Yes, it's now time to get organized. You should by now have gotten rid of all that clutter and the stuff you don't need. So it's time to organize what you have left. It's possible that you will even find stuff that you don't really need like those storage bins or file cabinets you had on your To Do list. You should now be able to put everything in its place according to where and how you use it. Also, if you keep items always in the same place you'll never make yourself crazy searching the entire house for them.
Step 7. Automate everything you can
If you arranged to get all of your bills and statements online as suggested in Step 5 you should now automate all your bill paying. You should be able to do this through your bank where you could have money automatically deducted from your account and sent to your creditors. If your bank doesn't offer this service you might be able to do it through one of your credit cards or by going to your creditors and setting up automatic payments.
Step 8. Get rid of the digital clutter
The odds are that your computer is full of digital clutter such as photos, files, emails and so forth. You need to create a system for backing up stuff like this and then storing it off-line like on the "cloud." If you don't have a Dropbox account get one and move all of those files, photos, emails, etc. into it and then delete them from your computer. Your data will be safe but no longer cluttering up things. Be sure to unsubscribe from those emails or newsletters you don't really need to receive or use an email program that will prioritize them for you.
Step 9. Go into maintenance mode
Now that you de-cluttered and are organized determine to keep things this way. You might want to develop daily, weekly and monthly strategies for keeping things clean and organized. Be careful of those bad habits that can start small. Don't let dishes sit in the sink overnight or leave things just laying around. Also, don't let things pile up on your desk. Keep it clean, too. You should be able to spend just a few minutes at the end of every day cleaning and tidying up so that you will stay clutter free.
Step 10. Relax and enjoy the fruits of your efforts
Now that you’re organized and de-cluttered take some time to sit down, relax and enjoy the fruits of your efforts. GoodHouseKeeping.com reveals a couple of benefits of being organized and all of them leads to an improvement in your well-being. You will now have less stuff and need less storage space. Given this, you might be able to downsize into a smaller place. You would then have both more money and more time to enjoy life. And wouldn’t that be great?