Ugh, do you hate paperwork as much as I do? I really hate all clutter paper invites everywhere and when my desk starts piling up with it, I get really cranky. I blame paper as the number one reason why my desk is usually messy. I get overwhelmed.
Here’s what our office looked like at our old house back in June of last year:
Insanity, right? (Though, to be fair, half of that is craft stuff and I was in the middle of a big sewing project!)
Our newest office space is in the middle of the house. It’s officially the formal dining room, but as we’re learning to make the space work for us, I want to keep paper clutter down as much as possible.
I’ve tried a variety of filing systems that I’ve shared before here. There have been a few minor changes since then, and one of the things I’ve incorporated this year is to simplify paperwork as I receive it, or as I’m calling it, everyday filing.
It’s really simple and it works. I use a desktop file with just a few folder categories. Keep in mind that most of our documents are paperless, but there are some that still come to the house randomly:
It’s broadly labeled and I sort all mail/papers that come into the house in these four categories:
- Home: insurance, mortgage papers, HOA info, anything relating back to our house
- Financials: statements or notices from bank, financial advisers, random non-paperless bills
- Medical: receipts, statements. I don’t break it down any further or by individual because thankfully we don’t need to make doctor visits other than regular check-ups.
- Taxes: I save receipts from donations, print-outs to prepare for taxes, anything that we’ll need for next year.
And that’s it! Just sticking to these four categories has been wonderful and simple. I realized that we rarely need to access our papers. At the end of the year, I’m just going to stick the whole 2015 section into our filing cabinet and move onto 2016.
Does that make sense? How do you handle paperwork? I have been really aggressive about going through the mail and getting rid of it as quickly as possible. When mail builds up, I get stuck in paper hell!