Do you have a few minutes? That’s really all the time you will need to spare to read this post.
Paper sorting is the least glamourous section of the KnonMarie method.
She only has one rule: Discard everything.
“The basic principles for sorting papers is to throw them all away.” – Marie Kondo
Easy enough, right? If you have a few papers that you’re unsure if you can toss, she does go into further detail.
Dispose of them if the papers do not fall into one of these categories:
1. Papers currently in use.
2. Papers that you need to keep for a short period of time.
3. Must be kept indefinitely. This doesn’t include sentimental letters.
Of the papers you must keep, she goes into how to file them:
1. Papers that need to be saved. Sort by frequency of use and store them in a clear plastic file.
2. Papers that need to be attended to. This would include letters that require replies, forms that should be submitted, etc.
3. Attend to #2! Get on your replies, people! If these papers need attended to, do so quickly then discard them.
She makes it clear that you need to discard of any manuals, used checkbooks, pay-stubs and greeting cards (unless they are sentimental, then you’ll deal with those later).
I have no pictures to show you because it was that uneventful. This took me 30 minutes to complete (and a week to post about but that’s another story).
I cleared out our file cabinet without looking back. This step was the easiest for me and I loved it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to toss my husbands papers per our agreement, but I hope he is able to breeze through this step as effortlessly as I was able to.