“I love paper clutter!” SAID NO ONE EVER.

Mail, statements, school papers, household projects, medical records… just a few of the things that infiltrate our counters on a daily basis.

There are a few things less frustrating than looking for “said paper” only to have it vanish into a black hole of clutter.

This time of year we are inundated with tax papers, which can make keeping track of everything seem like a part-time job. It should come as no surprise that stress levels run particularly high this time of year with April 15th just around the corner.

Imagine a world where all your tax documents for the year were compiled in one place. No scrambling to find your donation receipts, HUD-1 statement, year end records, plus all of the miscellaneous items required by good old Uncle Sam.

As someone who runs a business and manages a household I know the value of finding what I need quickly. I don’t have hours to waste searching for paper, and neither do you.

Establishing a system to streamline and organize the hundreds of pieces of paper that enter your home on an annual basis can mean the difference between feeling like you should be on an episode of hoarders and well…keeping your sanity.

It’s the combination of a good system and the right products that allow you to not just get organized, but STAY organized.

It should come as no surprise that Staples is on my list of happy places. Walking inside instantly makes me feel more productive. At the same time, it can be overwhelming to walk in and not know what to buy.

Below are some of my favorite Staples ® products along with a step-by-step guide on how I use them on a daily basis.

staples better binder

1. The Staples® Better Binder ® With Removable FileRings™ is the easiest way to corral all of your paperwork in one central place. They come in an assortment of colors, which is great if you like to color code. (I have a separate binder color for everyone in my family plus household documents which makes grabbing what I need super easy.)

The removable rings are a brilliant perk to these binders. They are a huge space saver and make filing a snap. Each D-ring holds up to 275 piece of paper and comes with a label for easy identification.

 

 

 

staples better dividers2. The Staples® Better® Dividers allow you to keep categories separated (I.e.: investments, donations, household, employers, receipts, etc.). As important papers come in, I know exactly where to put them, which prevents me from creating one big mound of paper clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sheet protectors

3.Staples® Standard Sheet Protectors are a game changer for me. I store blank sheet protectors inside of each divider category. As soon as an important document arrives in the mail, I automatically place it inside a sheet protector (within the appropriate tab) which makes for instant organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-hole punch

 

4. The other option is to use Staples® Adjustable Hole Punch, which can accommodate up to 10 Sheets of paper at one time, yet it’s narrow enough to store easily .

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I love most about Staples ® Better ® products is that they affordable and functional. Details like interchangeable labels and reinforced covers are what make them my go-to products above other brands.

Having the freedom to spend less time in the office is important to me.  Using these products allows you to be productive and still have time to get outside to enjoy the first breaths of Spring.

Happy Organizing!

Laurie