Shorten Your Piles by Skimming off the Bottom

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Are piles of paper getting the best of you? They can seem like they're made of stone; as much as you hack at them, they don't get any smaller.

Here's a quick way to whittle them down: take papers from the bottom of the pile instead of the top. Why does this help? Because the oldest papers in the pile usually have the least hold on you. They're either out of date, no longer applicable or ready for filing.

Generally you can tell which category they're in right away and make a decision on them right away too. And then, voila, your pile is that much shorter.

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5 thoughts on “Shorten Your Piles by Skimming off the Bottom

  1. Hmmmmmm. I found something that helps me with piles is to print critical goodies on 67# cover stock. It doesn’t move or sit like standard paper, can be easily seen from the side as something important and you probably shouldn’t toss it. These might be passwords & banking information. Oh! Contact information as well.
    Cheers!

  2. Hmmmmmm. I found something that helps me with piles is to print critical goodies on 67# cover stock. It doesn’t move or sit like standard paper, can be easily seen from the side as something important and you probably shouldn’t toss it. These might be passwords & banking information. Oh! Contact information as well.
    Cheers!

  3. Biggles,
    You are full of creative ideas! Because of the difference in paper weight, you can probably do a quick shuffle and find those important goodies just by feel.

  4. Biggles,
    You are full of creative ideas! Because of the difference in paper weight, you can probably do a quick shuffle and find those important goodies just by feel.

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