How do you organize paper?
Sounds simple, doesn’t it. Well, this seems to be one of the most aggravating and challenging tasks for us to conquer. And let’s admit it, we still live paper. Despite the internet, computers, and email. Our brains love and respond to the feel of paper.
Yet, organizing paper does not have to be painstaking and unmanageable. But before we move on to answer this dilemma, let’s entertain some fun trivia about summer. I love the fact that summer is around the corner!
Fun Summer Trivia!
“The summer solstice or festival solstice or the first day of summer occurs when a planet’s rotational axis, in either northern or southern hemispheres, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year (once in each hemisphere), at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.
Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere. (read more on Wikipedia)”
Don’t we all love summer? I love the transition from spring to summer. It may be, next to Christmas, one of my favorite times of the year. When the flowers and veggies are in full bloom in my garden and they are almost ready for harvest!
Ok, we did get a bit off track. But it’s the beginning of summer and I couldn’t let us proceed without a bit of the lovely outdoors. Now back to PAPER!
Like any other critical aspect of your life, we have to get our arms around what to do with our paper! How do we organize paper and does it have to be a CHORE? No, it doesn’t. All you need is a simple, structured, easy-to-follow a system and to stick to it…on a regular basis. Just a few minutes every other day and your paper problems will be solved.
Organize paper-a new e-book coming soon!
I am designing a simple e-book to help you get and keep your paperwork organized and ready to use….at your disposal. Here is a peek at some of the steps:
- You put all of your receipts and loose paper in a basket as soon as you get home. No exceptions!
- Each week, pick a day and keep to that day. Use this day to go through your paperwork. Decide to keep or shred or toss. Have a shred box at your side to put your shred paper in.
- If you are keeping your paper, it’s time to decide where it goes! I use a Home File Box with the typical categories, like “to do”, “bills”, “pets”, “home projects”, “vacations”, etc. The Home File Box is a place where I keep active documents-ones that I need to act on soon.
- The paper that needs to be retained for reference purposes goes into my large file cabinet. I go through this cabinet each September as our city government has a free shred weekend in October. Convenient and inexpensive.
These are just a few of the steps to take to make organizing paper easy. My new e-book will have all of the steps, things you need to gather, and a flowchart you can put in plain view and follow each week. I also put important steps in my planner so that I don’t forget each week to sort my paperwork. And it is all in plain view so I don’t forget to do it. If I see it, then I know it needs to be done.
I hope to have the e-book out soon and my new store open in the next two months. I would love it if you would share this and leave me a comment about how you organized your paper or your frustrations in getting it done! Thank you so much for dropping by.
The File It And Forget It Friday Paper Filing system will be released and sent to my subscribers in early February 2020. Don’t miss this free simple tool to get your paper organized. Click here for more info and grab your copy…