1. Just say, "No thanks." On a daily basis, I am offered extra paper and politely decline. Some prime examples: coupons from office supply stores, random flyers and business cards. And at the office, your coworkers are probably in the routine of handing over paperwork and agendas. To counteract this:
• First, recognize when you really don't need the paper and decline it.
• If it's imperative that you have the information, request the data in email form.
• Take advantage when a store offers to email you the receipt.
• The next time you find yourself waiting at the doctor's office, car wash or DMV, empty your purse or wallet. This five-minute activity will help keep paper piles from building at home.