One of the reasons I constantly have to clean my home office is due to
the volume of mail (bills etc) and important correspondence (e.g.,
Health Insurance docs) that generate a lot of paper trails.
Additionally, I have a lot of paper items from work that I need to keep
I was thinking of getting some cheap shelves but those look ugly and
impractical (everything lies exposed, gathering dust etc).
I would appreciate any feedback as to what works for people vs. doesn't
What works for me:
a four tier plastic tray organizer.
top layer : bills to be paid, calls to be made. corresp. to answer..
2nd layer: pending file - stuff which needs further followup. I write
the flwp date in red in upper left corner, and review it once a week.
3rd layer: info I want to keep handy for imminent task e.g. info on
the guy who fixes
something, next time I'm in his area.
4th bin: stuff to be filed. I try to empty this at least once a week.
Hanging files in desk drawer for stuff I file into at least once a
PUrge this yearly.
Then, stuff I still wish to keep goes into archives cabinet - stuff I
might need in future. PUrge this on rainy days.
Also, this cabinet has files I go into maybe ev. 6 months e.g.
Interesting. I was thinking and I think if I had to name one culprit, I
would say that things that I have to archive for a long time (i.e., over
6 months) tend to be the worst offenders.
You made me smile with your 'rainy day' suggestion. I live in the desert
and we sometimes don't see rain for many many months.. sometimes it
'rains' but evaporates before a single drop hits the ground. Does that
Maybe what you need are more filing cabinets and hanging folders. Or
reassess the need for hanging onto this stuff.
Maybe time for a review and a recycling project. Watch out for
identifying things like date of birth etc.
I faced a two foot pile of paper financial statments once time - had
shredders already - so allotted ten minutes a day and a pair of
It got done and now I shred (manually) on a daily basis as I supersede
It's all a part of processing the mail.
So, what's your equivalent of a day stuck inside?
I live in the desert
i just saw a spring break idea for travel and vacation,; it listed Death
Valley as a National Park...
i am still thinking about that. what could you do there? get a tan? fry
things without matches.
3,000 acres is alot of room to
The dollar store sells sets of three plastic 8-1/2 x 11" drawers. The
sets can be stacked. I keep one on my desk for incoming bills, etc.
When I take care of a bill, I put it in a tabletop box of hanging file
folders. Periodically I'll staple a set of paid bills together, such as
a year's worth of gas bills, and move them to a filing cabinet.
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