Here are a few suggestions for how to declutter your desk!
Your desk is cleared, papers are sorted into categories...now what?
How to declutter your desk? Prioritize and accessorize!
If you don’t have a filing system set up, now is the time to do that. As you are going through the papers that need to be filed, sort them into categories that make sense to you. Some examples are Bills, Income Tax, Bank Statements, Receipts, Insurance, Contacts. Keep any files that you use frequently close at hand so that it’s easy to file those documents right away. Filing isn’t a fun job so make sure you get a good filing cabinet that opens easily.
You may find business cards as you are sorting through your paper. Decide if you need to keep each card and if so, file it into a business card holder. Better yet, download a business card scanning app. I have been trying out CamCard and am finding it to be quite useful.
The main thing about paper is to have a home for everything. It should either reside in a tray or desktop folder, in a file in the file cabinet or in the recycle bin.
To further tame paper clutter going forward, think about going digital as much as possible. Sign up to receive your bills digitally. Scan important documents and keep them on your computer. If you do go digital, however, you still need to maintain good computer habits. Regular backups and keeping a good digital filing system are very important or you will just move your desk paper clutter to your computer.