I wanted to tell you that while I was working on the office last month I set up a little desk top organizing system...that is working pretty good...as long as I remember to check it!
It actually has a couple parts to it. Here they are in brief and then I will elaborate more if people want to know more.
- January through December files....these are kept in the drawer of the desk. I have had these for awhile but they never seem to work very well for me...so here is what I am trying now. Each month I file any of those papers that you just might need and don't quite want to throw away yet...in the current monthly file. You know the papers I mean...the receipt from your online bill payment, the coupons for that month at different restaurants, othe receipts, etc Really just about any paper from that month that needs to be kept at least for awhile goes into that file. Then every three months, I go through that quarter's monthly files and either purge...as they are no longer needed OR move to the main file cabinet down stairs into the appropriate file.
- Sunday-Saturday Files: These files are housed in a little wooden box on my desk top and are my actual "working files" for the week. If I have a form that needs to be filled out...I put it in the folder for the day BEFORE it is due. If I have notes about anything for that particular day into the desk top file. Any paper that needs to be handled in any way goes into the day that I want to TAKE CARE of it! It has certainly kept my "in box" and desk top a lot cleaner.
- Bill Files: I have a folder for each bill or type of bill (utilities, etc) These are housed in the desk drawer directly in front of the monthly files and contain NOTHING but the current bill and the previous month's stub or receipt. At the end of each month the older receipt is thrown away (or put in the monthly file) so the files usually just contain one receipt and the current bill. So far this is working very well. I try to immediately file bills from the daily mail and pitch the junk mail at the same time.