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How do you keep a beautiful home clutter-free?

The question

I am dazzled by the utter lack of paper flotsam – phone bills, magazine piles, the recycling schedule – in pictures of well-designed interiors. Is your place paper-free? And if so, what's your favourite way of sorting/hiding/dealing with the paper cyclone?

The answer

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A computerized life may seem paperless, but there's still so much backup to manage, along with all the bits of life that haven't gone digital yet. I set my mail on a tray so it appears to have a purpose. I personally don't pay bills online because I really don't know how and worry that I might be paying someone else's bill with a slip of the finger. So where does all of that paper stuff go? In my office, in a file, in a drawer – and it all gets dealt with every week whether it wants to or not (and then sent away to off-site storage after tax time). All in all, paper is alive and well at my house – and while my favourite task is throwing it out, someone else will have to tell you where it goes after that.

Follow architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace on Twitter: @ddtaylordd . Have a design dilemma? E-mail .

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