I’m so embarrassed to admit that my paper filing system was horrendous. Really, it was so embarrassing I wouldn’t even let the hubby inside those bins. He would ask me where an important document was and I would jump up immediately to try to find it for him. A good 10 minutes later and I would have it in hand. Oh and there were times when I swore I knew where it was, but just couldn’t find it. I had all the little cute white matching bins, yet they were just filled with an unorganized mess. They may have looked cute on the outside but if you were ever to take the tops off those bins you would have seen it… pure madness!
My filing system usually changed a few times a year. I would start by filing all our bills by the month and then the other important documents would be split into their own categories. Within a short period of time I was no longer filing our bills by the month and they had their own file. I never seemed to have enough file folders for all of my documents so instead of buying more, my important documents just shared their home with one another. Oh and labeling, nothing was labeled, it was a guessing game on where to put things. I always had good intentions of getting it all organized, really I did. I just never took the time to do it.
So when I read about Jen and her month of organizing paper project I jumped on board without hesitating. Thankfully I didn’t have to buy a thing other then more file folders. I can’t believe how easy it was to do and how drastically it has changed the way I pay my bills and file them. My little command center is definitely not as cute as her but it is completely organized and functioning. There will be no more lost papers, late bills, or accidentally thrown out documents.
Does this little coupon shopping list organizer look familiar? I use it all the time. I actually put a little monthly planner in there and use it for more then just shopping now. I love having everything in one place. Go here for the tutorial if you haven’t made one yet. It is the handiest thing ever!
Thank you Jen for helping me gain control of my paper madness. I cannot wait for next months challenge…project photography! This is definitely going to take me a whole month to complete. My pictures are a mess and in all honesty I do not have an organization system for them, and don’t even know where to start.