Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s already 2018!
After being in the business for almost 16 years, and reading a bunch of Facebook post and blog posts, we all know organization is always at the top of the list. Sorted Out, has always had the belief that being organized is much more of a process, then just a quick fix! The true key to the processes, is HOW we can keep you organized!
Have you ever said, “This is the year, I am going to get organized.” OR, “I’m ready this year to cut the paper clutter.” OR, “This is the year I am going to park the car in the garage!” If you have said these few things to yourself, well you are in luck….We are here to help you get organized RIGHT NOW! Make 2018 the year you have been wanting to check off the list of organizing projects.
As busy as we all are, let’s face it, being organized is all about saving TIME, which most of us don’t have enough of! Being organized is also about saving MONEY. How many times have you ran out to the store to buy something, then to find that same exact item about a day later? Sound familiar? If you are like most of us, we have a ton of paper. Did you know that 80% of the paper we consume we never actually reference again? At Sorted Out, we believe in developing processes and systems for getting and staying organized. You too could have a more organized office!
Here are some quick fixes for 2018 Paper Clutter:
- Create Action Files. A tabletop file for daily, short-term filing. An easy to use accordion file to organize bills for payment, papers that require response, and information that must be filed.
- Create a Basic File Hub. Every home needs a good working file system. Kept in a file cart, cabinet or drawer, basic files hold medical insurance records, credit card statements, rent receipts and bank statements. Be sure to purge basic files on a monthly or quarterly basis to keep up with the maintenance.
- Create a Forever File. Archives for long-term file storage. Copies of tax returns and insurance policies, homeowners’ records, medical records, and copies of legal documents belong in classic files. Use file cabinets or records boxes to protect these items for long-term storage. Original documents such as insurance policies, legal documents, or tax records should be stored in secure facilities such as safe deposit boxes.
- Plan of Action. Setting a timeline for maintaining and developing a new filing system. After you set up your new system, set time aside to keep up with the daily, weekly, or monthly maintenance of it. Especially with tax time approaching, you’ll be happy you saved all those important documents.