OK, let's assume you have tossed out all those lovely garbage bags full of your old "paper piles" and you're feeling pretty good about yourself. Not so fast. Now you need to keep those piles from cropping up all over the house again. Don't worry...I have a solution.
Solution: Leave it at the door. Place a good sized basket or deep tray with handles right inside your front door (or whatever door you always enter through). Drop the mail, door hangers, shopping receipts, flyers, etc...all of the day's incoming paper right into that basket. If you have groceries, after putting your groceries away, drop in one of those empty plastic bags (you could even drop your car keys in if you're one of those people that has to search for their keys every morning). Later that evening, while your favorite TV show is on or even from the comfort of your bed, grab that basket. Go through its contents, setting aside bills to pay (or grab your checkbook when you grab the basket), sign the kids' permission slips, set aside the magazines you want to read and clip any good coupons. Once you've gone through all the contents, stuff all the paper you don't need to keep into that plastic bag and...HELLO...throw it away. Put the basket back by the door and enjoy a good night's sleep. If you are an early riser like me, you might wait to go through your basket while enjoying your morning coffee. This system works even if you can't get to the basket for two or three days.