It is week five of the Clear the Clutter Challenge 2021. We are over half way through this eight week decluttering challenge! This week’s declutter project is home office and paper organization. Check out today’s simple managing family paperwork. Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a fun giveaway that will help you manage your family’s paperwork and schedule.

Clear the Clutter Challenge Week Five Home office organization

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Clear the Clutter Challenge Week 5: Home Office and Paper Organization

If you have not already joined the Clear the Clutter Challenge, be sure to sign up HERE so that you can receive all the latest decluttering tips! Do not worry if you have not been able to keep up with every week of the Clear the Clutter Challenge. You can join at any time.

Also, consider purchasing the Ultimate Decluttering Guide for an entire detailed program to declutter your home. There are declutter checklists for every room of the house.


So far we have decluttered and organized three spaces in our homes! See the different spaces below.

Now, let’s get started on this week’s Clear the Clutter Challenge.There are a lot of different projects to do in office and paper organization including home paperwork and files, kids’ papers and artwork and personal data and mementos.

How to Declutter Paperwork and the Home Office

Here are this week’s Declutter Tasks:

  • Clear off desks and shelves.
  • Sort through ALL paperwork and files.
  • Follow these guidelines from Suze Orman to decide how long to keep important documents.
  • Get rid of old manuals and instruction booklets. Most of these can be found online if you are to need it!
  • Determine what papers to file, shred, throw away.
  • Create new paper files and organize in your filing cabinet or desk. Use fun paper file folders to make it pretty!
  • Consider purchasing a fire safe box for very important documents.

Pro tip: Consider scanning document instead of filing them. Did you know if you have an iphone you can take a picture of document in your notes app and save it as a PDF file. This is a great process for saving receipts.

As this is the fourth year of the Clear the Clutter challenge, I have talked about home office and paper organization in several other posts.

Here are some related topics I have already covered:

Kids’ Sentimental School Moments: How to Make a School Memory Book

How to Manage School Paperwork: Organizing School Papers

Home Office Organization: How to Organize Your Home Office and Manage Paper Clutter

Home Office Organization Essentials

1Thrive Giveaway

Now, it is time for a fun giveaway. I recently came across 1Thive home command centers!

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1THRIVE offers pre-designed command centers that are chic, modular & easy to install, geared toward helping families communicate, manage & plan schedules, meals, appointments & reminders more effectively. Less time worrying about what you might have forgotten, and more spending quality time with those you love. And no more cluttered counters!

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More on 1 Thrive Command Centers:

  • This is not your mother’s whiteboard or your teacher’s chalkboard 😉
  • All white & blackboards are “wet erase” and designed to be used with our liquid chalk markers
  • All command centers are modular for easy customization
  • Fun accessories like toolkits & custom decals allow for even more decorating & personality-infusing fun

Family Command Center from 1Thrive #sponsored

I just installed a 1Thrive command center in my home office space so that I can keep track of my family’s activities and important information! Keri and I are teaming up with 1Thrive to giveaway one command center (winner will get to pick the style!).

Follow these instructions to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Dara on February 1, 2021 at 8:16 am

    My office is a super messy space in my house!

  2. Martha C on February 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    My papers are a mess so I needed this reminder today, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway just followed you along on IG:-)

    • Jaclyn on February 1, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      thanks for stopping by Martha!

  3. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on February 2, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Love these ideas- so essential to keep this space organized!

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