As much as I hate to admit this, one of my wicked indulgences is watching TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” I’m not sure why I love this program so much. It could be because it makes me feel better about my small-in-comparison amount of clutter. Or maybe it’s because it truly does motivate me to get (and keep) my life together so I don’t end up in the same predicament.
Either way, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” emphasizes the fact that staying organized, reducing the amount of stuff that comes into our homes, and keeping things neat and clean is both a necessary and ongoing battle for all of us. And when we give up the fight? Well, you’ve seen the previews …
One way I wage war against the clutter monster is by keeping my paper piles under control.
As soon as mail, etc. comes through our front door, I have a little mail sorting station to help process and organize it. (I would also recommend keeping a shredding machine and recycle bin near your door so junk mail never makes it inside.)
My mail center includes a set of wire baskets marked “In,” “Out” and “Attn.” The wire sorter came from T.J. Maxx. I think I paid around $13 for it.
I used my Silhouette cutting machine and some scrapbook paper to create the labels.
My mail center also includes a magnetic dry erase board where we jot down important messages and lists for the day/week. My board came from Target.
You’ll notice I keep a dry erase monthly calendar and magnetic note pad handy, too.
My mail center is just one more attempt to reduce my chances of making it on “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” Do you have any tips or tricks for preventing paper overload?
I’m linking this up to Women Living Well.