How To Get Rid Of Paper Clutter For Good (Bills, Letters & Receipts)

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Paper clutter can be unnoticeable at first, until they accumulate into a large pile and eventually gets out of control in your home.

Getting annoyed with all the unsightly letters, bills and receipts? These solutions will get you get started with getting rid of unnecessary paper clutter for good!


1. Sorting Out The Clutter

1.1 How Long To Keep Your Papers

If you have been asking yourself “How can I organize my paper documents at home?”, one tip to set you on the path is to create an organizing guide for your clutter.

Organize it according to how long you need your papers for: a few months, a few years, and forever. That way, you’ll have a clearer outlook on not just the amount of paper clutter you have, but also whether they should be in your home.

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Disclaimer: This infographic serves only as a guide. We acknowledge that different homeowners have different opinions on how to store their vital documents. Deciding that should ultimately be up to you! But, don’t be a paper hoarder!

Tip: Often experiencing faded receipts though items that are still under warranty? Simply snap a picture of the receipt once you’ve gotten your hands on them. Then, create a photo album tagged ‘Receipts’ in your phone!

Further Classifying Your Papers

To give yourself an extra edge over organization, think of what needs to be filed and how to dispose of unnecessary paper clutter.

  • To recycle
  • To shred – paper with personal information
  • To file
  • Sentimental clutter

1.2 Split The Clutter According To Family Members 

Now that you have your paper clutter sorted out, batch them according to which family member they belong to. For this method, you’ll need storage boxes with sufficient space, and label it according to the family members you have. If you have a pet, be sure to include their paperwork too!


1.3 How To Deal With Sentimental Clutter

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The thing about sentimental clutter is that they have loads of nostalgia associated with them. They’re like “adult teddy bears”, according to Julie Holland, an assistant psychiatry professor from the New York University School Of Medicine.

We also keep paper items from our loved ones, like cards and letters from family members, to keep them in memory. But these can contribute to the paper clutter, if kept unchecked. To solve this, here are a few ways to deal with that:

  • Back Them Up: Save a virtual copy of your treasured item, by scanning or taking a photo of the document
  • Scrapbooking: You don’t have to go all out with crafting supplies. Just use a simple unlined notebook, and glue the mementos to the pages.
  • Pass Them On: Consider contributing your personal items to a donation drive, such as Singapore Freecycle Network. 

2. Create A Filing System

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Filing isn’t just about lumping the papers into one folder! In fact, creating and sticking to a filing system will make your decluttering journey easier. Categorise your documents based on your lifestyle needs.

2.1 Filing Drawers/Cabinets

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Tab your sections by the types of document, such as

  • Manual & warranties
  • Bills
  • Taxes
  • Health
  • Personal
  • Work (& more)

This way, you’ll have a clearer distinction between every section. Don’t overstuff your folders, and make sure that the filing drawers/cabinets you pick can hold the papers you need to store.

Tip: If you’re unsure if your papers can fit, get a spare box to practise with first before storing them into folders.

And of course, remember to label your filing drawers to have a bird’s eye view of what’s in them.

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3. Go Digital

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3.1 Opt for e-Bank Statements & Bills

As our world is evolving digitally, certain aspects of life will change along. Part of the paper clutter comes from our bills and bank statements. These are unavoidable, but you can save some space by saving and keeping a note of your finances digitally.

3.2 Reduce Paper Subscriptions

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Subscribing to newspapers and monthly magazines can offer a great variety of reading material, but soon enough, you won’t need them. Reduce the pile-up by cancelling your existing subscriptions, and switch to electronic versions. You’ll still stay in the know, but save space at the same time!

If there is something important that you want to keep, tear out the page that you want to save, then donate your spare magazines and newspapers that cause the clutter.


It’s easy to accumulate paper clutter, but what’s more important is getting rid of that, and maintaining the cleanliness of your home! If you’ve been unsure on how to start decluttering, we hope these tips have given you a few ideas to help you kickstart your journey to a well-organized home!

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