A common form of paper clutter is caused by short-term projects. Since you know these papers will only be around for a short period of time, and you’ll be accessing them frequently, putting them away can seem like too much trouble. Guess what? It’s not! Establishing a spot for project paperwork will help prevent paper clutter from piling up on your counter tops and other flat surfaces.

If using a folder with a label feels too permanent for your short-term projects, create temporary labels using sticky notes or erasable labels. Corral your project files into a portable file basket or box. All that’s left to do then is say “goodbye, paper clutter,” and get busy taking care of those projects!

temporary file folder labels

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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