Spring Cleaning Part II. Organize: Documents, nicknacks & stationary

Now that you have purged and cleaned up your wardrobe, it is time to organize your mail. Surprisingly, in this day and age where technology is taking over every part of our lives, we are still receiving physical mail.

Documents & Letters

Sort them into different piles – bills, taxes, personal, shred pile (whatever categories suits your need). 

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Once you put them in the piles and decide which ones you need to keep, put them in different boxes. No decorative boxes on hand? Use empty shoe boxes, cereal boxes or even magazine holders. Don’t put them all in one box. You’ll just have to sort them again later or dig through the other ones to find what you need. Putting them in different boxes will make it a lot easier to store. And with proper labeling, gives you easier access if you also sort the mail by date.


Even if you already have them in boxes, it is a good idea to go through them again. Unless you are very organized, you most likely didn’t throw out old bills and documents during the year.

If you do not own a shredder, remove your name, address & account numbers and tear it up. I usually dump it in two different garbages. This is to prevent identity theft. But think about investing in a shredder.


Beside files, we put a lot of nicknacks and stationary on our office desk. I want to say most of the nicknacks are my husbands. He is a hoarder but I think I am slowly getting to him. How? By asking questions again.

  1. Do you even remember owning this?
  2. On a scale of 1- 10, what kind of sentimental value does it have? If it is below a 6, it is gone.
  3. If it is a 6 or above, ask where are you going to put it? If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, figure out a place to keep it or it goes to storage. But by the next purge, if you still do not know where to put the piece, consider letting it go.

Pens and other stationary

We all have a collection of pens that we collect from gifts, trade shows, hotels etc. And we often just put them in a jar and forget about them…until the day when you need a pen and 5 out of 10 of them do not work. But you still put them back into the jar! Sound familiar? I don’t do that myself (ok…maybe a few times) but my husband does. photo So, take the time to go through each pen/highlighters/Sharpies and toss out the ones that do not work. Make room for a new batch of pens!

More to come. Stay tuned… How do you start your spring cleaning? Share your tips and tricks.