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Other suggestions for controlling paper clutterReview your post before taking it to any other part of your home and throw away any junk mail straightaway.Sign up for direct debits for utility bills, mortgage payments and other monthly bills.Sign up for email delivery of statements from banks and other financial institutions.Shred paper bills once they’re paid or drop off documents to be shred at a shredding company twice a year.Be mindful of the paper you bring into your home, such as glossy magazines, estate agent flyers or campaign ads. All of this information can be found online.Recycle unnecessary papers once you’ve finished a large project.Consider recycling instruction manuals for small appliances such as toasters or coffee-makers; you can probably find any information you need online.Scan anything important and store it in the cloud.Keep a record of jury duty in a file on your computer and throw away the notice.Be selective when saving your child’s artwork. Consider storing their art projects in a portfolio case and keep that in a handy location. At the end of the school year, cull your stash and place your favourites into a larger storage container and move to more permanent storage. To save space, think about taking photos of your favourite art and creating a digital photo book at the end of each school year.
Draught-proof external doorsCold air from outside can creep in through the keyhole, letterbox, and gaps around the door. You can save a small amount on heating bills by draught-proofing each problem area with some quick and easy solutions. Over your keyhole, fit a metal escutcheon with a disc attached that swings aside when you need to access the lock. To prevent a draughty letterbox, fit a letterbox flap or brush, but remember to check the measurements before you buy. The gap along the bottom of the door can be filled with a brush draught excluder, and for gaps around the edges, use a self-adhesive foam tape or brush strip.
Reboot your porchIf you’re lucky enough to have a porch, consider turning it into a boot room. You can keep all your coats here, and leave your hall clear for a stylish console table. Hang your coat hooks at eye level, and leave space below for shoes and boots. Alternatively, for a calmer look, place the hooks at 120cm above the floor – this will give enough room for long coats to hang, but will keep the wall clear above for pictures or a mirror.
Bring in light This period porch really sets the scene in this home. The traditional stained-glass door adds brightness and uplifting colour, along with the floor tiles. It also means more light will filter through into the hall beyond.Don’t forget to invest in an umbrella stand for your porch as well, so it’s easy for every member of the family to grab a brolly in a downpour.
Reorganise your coatsIt’s time to remove all the heavy coats, hats, scarves and umbrellas from your coat hooks. Actually, maybe hold on to the brollies – we all know what British weather can throw at us! Wash or dry clean your extra fleecy items and put them away for the summer. Bring out your lightweight jackets and give them an airing when the sun shines. Children in the house? Be prepared to see how much they’ve grown. Now’s also the time to check for any loose buttons, rips or stains you can fix on their summer outdoor wear.