Well, I’m a little ashamed to admit that my paperwork has got somewhat out of control. Our Command Centre has been a god-send in terms of keeping the paper clutter under control but eventually there comes a time when you have to make room for the new paper coming in and do something with what’s already in those lovely files. This has been my downfall. Initially, I was keeping on top of things and filing everything away around once a month but after a while I got a bit lazy about that (since the system was working so well, why struggle to do it once a month if it didn’t need doing?!) I now have a situation where nothing has been filed….all….year!! Oooops! The problem was, I hadn’t set up a new folder for 2015 so I just kept putting it off and putting it off. Well, enough of that. I have now purchased this delightful folder and some dividers so I thought I would get on and sort things out.
When I file my paperwork, I have always found that there are 5 or 6 main categories under which pretty much everything can be filed away. For us, these are as follows but I’m sure everyone has slightly different filing needs so maybe yours would be different:
We then have a final section entitled ‘General’ for everything else.
I use one lever arch file for each year and section things off using dividers. I haven’t been able to find any really nice dividers so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create some pretty ones using some wrapping papers I recently found at Tesco along with some cheap dividers. If there is one thing sure to keep me using an organising system regularly, it’s having something pretty to look at! Always motivational!
I used the same technique to glue the paper to the dividers that I used for my pen pot and drawer update projects. Once the glue on the paper was dry, I laminated the finished item for extra durability (or just because I love to laminate!)
Now my paperwork is all organised in its new home and the command centre is once again on duty stemming the tide of paperwork flowing into our home!
Has anyone else been organising paperwork this week? I feel so good that some of these weekly projects are really making a difference to our home and we are facing the summer break in a much better, and more organised, frame of mind than we otherwise would have been. I just hope they can hold out against the onslaught of summertime chaos!
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P.S. I’m sharing this post over at the iHeart Organizing Four Week ‘Wait No More’ Challenge.
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