How do i get all my paper an others... organized?

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  • Em Em on Jul 21, 2020

    Buy folders, label them. As you pay your bills put them into the labeled folders. Get a plastic crate or use hanging folder (they have metal tabs on side to hang in a file cabinet)

    which is the best way to store them for later use, especially tax papers. A two drawer file cabinet isn't expensive and can hold a lot of files.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 21, 2020

    First thing I do is throw away all junk mail before it gets into the house. I am a bit old school on papers I need to keep. I use accordian file folders.

    I have one for each vehicle and make a photo copy of all receipts that might fade. This was recommended by the dealership in case their records crash as I have lifetime engine & powertrain on 2 vehicles but you must provide you have done the maintenance. As a second precaution I take a picture and save in a file.

    A folder for "major purchases" that have a warranty like appliances and tools. Once a year, usually in the fall, I go thru and purge any that have expired but keep information like model & serial number on a spreadsheet.

    A folder for each year and save all receipts that are tax deductible, purging after 7 years. I have been audited twice and this came in handy because I just copied everything in the folder, sent in, and had the return approved.

    As for monthly bills & bank accounts, I use google sheets. I have a sheet for each account and one for each month. Attached is an example. Each one with a box around it is a card that changes each month. I roll amounts from month to month on utilities to see fluctuations. If it is "pink" then it isn't due monthly and I have a note when it is due. When I pay a bill, I highlight in green.

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    • Oliva Oliva on Jul 22, 2020

      I see "Professional Organizer" added to your resume, or a blog site of your own, on this topic ☺.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 21, 2020

    I have always saved receipts, old bills, etc but it just takes over after awhile- so I purchased a shredder and just open a box and go thru my files and shred anything that is over 8 yrs old - if you have receipts you used for tax write offs, then keep those but put into a tax receipt folder by year. Here are some more ideas to help with organizing- you can also buy a scanner fairly cheap to scan papers you need to keep


    https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/g3351/how-to-organize-your-paperwork/

    https://www.dummies.com/home-garden/8-tips-for-organizing-your-paperwork/

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 21, 2020

    Hi this is Peggy. I hope this helps you get your personal papers organized. 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers

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