Organizing Your Paperwork
Organizing paperwork can be quite the task! Whether the papers are right in front of you or scanned into your computer, documents of all kind should be kept in order in case of needing them at a moments notice.
There are so many different ways to get organized when it comes to filling. Depending on the amount of space you have you can either separate papers into different storage boxes (or document folders) per person or use one big filling cabinet system for the family.
No way of filing is wrong except for not filing at all. Below are some tips and tricks to get your documents organized in a time friendly manner as we continue the 10 Days of Organization with Day 7: Filing Your Paperwork!
Shred as you go. Don’t feel obligated to keep every paper that comes into your home. Whether via mail, your child’s school, work and so on you should only keep the essentials and toss (or shred) the rest.
Start by sorting the papers you already have. Going back to step 1, shred what you no longer need and sort what you do and categorize accordingly.
Find a system that works for you. Not everyone is the same. Some may sort by company, where other’s may sort by person, then company. No matter how you do it, make sure it is a system you understand and can remember.
Go paperless. You can go paperless with so many companies these days. Going paperless not only controls the paperwork clutter in your house, but also saves trees! If you do decide to go paperless, set up a folder on your desktop for easy access to these files.
(Hanging folders shown above: purchased from The Container Store and Staples.)
Invest in colorful, sturdy accessories. Using colorful accessories such as fun designed folders and paper clips helps you determine who each paper or folder belongs to faster. The right accessories can help inspire a person to be more organized. Fun accessories make organizing feel less like a job and more like a fun task.
Keep your files in an easy to get to, safe place: To avoid your paperwork from stacking up, have them accessible to you. If you have to search or fight your way to your papers, it will make it hard for filing to become a habit.
Items worth investing in when organizing your documents:
storage bins or drawer
paper clips and a dispenser
sturdy hanging folders
One of my all time favorite places to shop for all things organization are the Container Store’s Special Savings Clearance and sale items. You’re sure to find a great deal there!)
How do you keep you keep your paperwork and documents organized? Feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you! Happy organizing!