Paperwork Organization: Bills, Financials, Mail & More
If you’re like the typical household you are likely buried under paper. Old bills, tax returns, check stubs, receipts, bank statements, notices, magazines, cards – the list goes on and on. It can be hard to decide what’s needed to keep, how long to keep it, how to store it, and how to keep it from overflowing again.
January is a great month to get your paperwork organized. Not only because it’s the start to a new year and that’s always a great time to make new changes, but also because the tax man cometh! You’ll need certain documents in order to file your taxes and after this organization you’ll be able to lay your hands on what you need at the moment you need it.
You’ll want to decide which storage methods are best for you but I suggest picking up:
- At least one accordion file
- A file storage box
- A shredder
- A couple of magazine holders
- An address book (or if you keep contact info electroincally, have the device you use nearby)
- Some labels or a label maker