If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of paper piling up on your desk, in your home office or even in your personal space at work. It can be really tough to stay on top of it all and keep things tidy, but it’s important to try. A cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind, and that can negatively affect your productivity. Here are 10 tips for dealing with paper piles, clutter and overwhelm.

1. Get organized. Invest in some good organizational tools, like file folders, labels and a paper shredder. This will help you to keep track of what needs to be dealt with and what can be safely disposed of.

2. Set aside time each day to deal with paperwork. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or last thing at night, carved out some time each day to go through your paper pile and take action on items that need attention.

3. Don’t let the mail pile up. As soon as the mail comes in, sort through it and toss out any junk mail or items that don’t require action. Place bills in a designated spot, so you don’t forget to pay them. And recycle any envelopes or other materials that can be reused.

4. Recycle or dispose of unwanted paper responsibly. Once you’ve sorted through your paper pile and dealt with everything that needs attention, recycle or dispose of the rest responsibly.

5. Go digital where possible. Whenever possible, opt for digital versions of documents instead of paper copies. This will help to reduce the amount of paper coming into your space on a daily basis.

6. Take action on items right away. If something can be dealt with in two minutes or less, do it right then and there instead of letting it sit in your pile indefinitely.

7. Delegate where possible. If you have employees or team members, delegate some of the work of dealing with paperwork to them. They can help to lighten your load and free up some of your time for other tasks.

8. Hire a professional organizer. If the thought of dealing with your paper pile is just too overwhelming, hire a professional organizer to help you get things under control .

9. Scan important documents . If you need to keep certain papers but don’t want them taking up physical space, scan them and then store them digitally.

10. Create a system that works for you. What works for one person might not work for another, so find a system of organizing and dealing with paperwork that works best for you and stick to it.


Paperwork, clutter and overwhelm can be really tough to deal with, but it’s important to try. A cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind, and that can negatively affect your productivity. 

By following these 10 tips, you’ll be on your way to having a neater, more organized workspace in no time!

Kathi Burns

Kathi Burns

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