This Sunday the Austin American-Statesman’s Life Guide column, by Sarah Lindner, featured some of my tips on managing paper. Here are some snips from the article:
What makes paper so hard to deal with? "Every piece of paper represents a decision that hasn’t been made yet," she says. "And so when people see that large stack, they see all those decisions ahead."
"The first thing we do is pull out all of the reading material," Marrero says. Catalogs and magazines are bulky and make your stacks look "a lot more scary" than they really are. Another trick is to start with your most recent papers and work your way back.
Get electronic statements instead of paper ones when possible. But if you go the e-statement route, remember to back up your hard drive regularly. [See my previous post on backing up]
Get off marketers’ mailing lists. There are several services that will take care of this for you, including one from the Direct Marketing Association at www.dmachoice.org/MPS .
Process your mail quickly. If you live in a community with a trash can at its mail station, throw away the mail you don’t need before it even gets inside your home.