The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life (Hardcover)
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From the "Marie Kondo of paper" comes a simple and accessible guide to paper management.
Americans are drowning in paper. We keep stacks of it on the kitchen counter, stash it in drawers, and store file cabinets full of documents that we never even look at. Studies show that fully 85 percent of the paper in our lives can be tossed--but which 85 percent? And how do we organize and manage the 15 percent that remains?
With The Paper Solution, founder of Organize365 Lisa Woodruff delivers a proven, step-by-step guide for what to shred, what to save, and how to sort what's left behind. With her method, you'll learn:
• What documents you must absolutely hold on to
• Which papers you can dispose of today
• How to ditch your bulky filing cabinets and make your vital documents accessible and portable
And at the heart of it all is the Sunday Basket: a box that sits on your counter and corrals those stray bills, forms, coupons, and scraps into an easy-to-use paper-management system. The Sunday Basket will become your new weekly habit--one that leads to less paper, less stress, and more time to spend on the things (and people) that matter most.
About the Author
Lisa Woodruff started Organize365 at her kitchen table in 2012, and today it has become the go-to brand for paper organization, offering podcasts, organizational products, professional certifications, and Sunday Basket workshops that attract people from around the U.S. seeking tools to tame the out-of-control paper in their lives. She lives in West Chester, Ohio, with her family.
"If you like the idea of binders to stay organized, the new book The Paper Solution has a lot of good information about organizing paperwork." --The New York Times
“If the phrase “paper-organizing retreat” makes you breathe a little heavier, [The Paper Solution is] the book for you.” --The New York Times Book Review
“Yes, even in the digital age, paper remains the bane of most people's existence. Whether sorting through your own, or or someone else's backlog, Lisa Woodruff's book will cheerfully guide you in how to confidently eliminate 85% of the paper in your life, while retaining the 15% you really need! What a gift!” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out and Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life
“Systems are the engine to create efficiency in the home. The Paper Solution gives practical tips and tools that allows us all to free up our precious time to focus on what truly matters.” –Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play
"Drowning in paper? With Lisa's ingenious methods, you can take control, get more organized, and free up incredible amounts of time. You'll never lose a day to hunting down a permission slip again." —Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and 168 Hours
"Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff brings a fresh and realistic approach to paper. I loved that she didn’t tell me to get rid of everything. Lisa shares a method for handling paper in a way that eliminates the unnecessary and keeps what’s needed right where you’ll easily find it. A must-read for anyone that has ever struggled with too much paper and wondered if they are keeping and shredding the right documents. Read this and you’ll know what to do with everything that comes your way." —Becky Rapinchuk, author of Clean Mama's Guide to a Healthy Home and Simply Clean
“Everyone can benefit from organizational advice in The Paper Solution.” –The Idaho Press
"The Paper Solution walks you step-by-step to conquering the paper dilemma in your home...Her tips are practical and doable, leaving readers feeling empowered!" —Maria Dismondy, author, speaker, and publisher of Cardinal Rule Press
"Lisa's enthusiasm for productivity and organization shines through every chapter of this book. Her easy-to-follow implementation strategy makes quick work of overwhelming paper piles, and the comprehensive detail within each chapter assures all paper clutter questions have an answer. Lisa is the expert on all things "paper clutter" and The Paper Solution is proof! This go-to resource provides the information, structure, tools, and motivation to properly manage your paper clutter and stop it from taking over your home and life." —Andrea Dekker, professional organizer and blogger at AndreaDekker.com
“Even in our digital age, paper remains one of the biggest sources of clutter both at home and in the workplace…In The Paper Solution, Lisa Woodruff has presented a practical, actionable approach to solving that problem. I found myself tabbing pages and highlighting sections that spell out easy-to-follow steps for clearing our homes and workspaces of paper clutter. I can’t wait to share this encouraging and truly helpful book with my friends, colleagues, and listeners.” —Laura McClellan, lawyer, productivity coach, and host of The Productive Woman podcast
“It’s a miracle! A system of managing papers (and my life) that works in tandem with my ADHD brain (and those of my clients). The Sunday Basket concept is so simple, yet so brilliant. The book takes you through the entire system, step-by-step. Great reference and great program. Highly recommended!” —Linda Roggli, award-winning author and founder of the ADDiva Network