Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Works for me Wednesday: Filing paperwork

Skeeter and I have always had a huge problem with paperwork. There's just so much! We used a filing cabinet at first, but we could never find anything right away. And, let's face it, I hated pawing through all of those folders.

Enter, three ring binders.

Now, all of our paperwork is kept in three ring binders. Bank statements, mortgage statements, cell phone bills . . . every bit of paperwork that we need to keep is three-hole-punched and put into the three ring binders.

We use three of them -- one for banking matters, one for bills, and one for tax deductible receipts. Most of the paperwork we get is already 8.5 x 11, and it's a simple matter to punch the holes and put it in its proper binder.

For those that aren't already the proper size -- usually tax deductible receipts -- I tape them onto a sheet of paper that is the correct size. This method has the added advantage of giving me an easy space to write the tax deductible reason if it's isn't readily apparent.

Easy, organized, and compact. Works for me!

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3 comments:

Marcia said...

Good for you for finding something that works for you.

Each person is so different - I use very different solutions for my clients than I use for me.

Marcia
http://organisingtips.blogspot.com

Amberly said...

That's a great idea! This time of year I'm always regretting not having our tax receipts more organized! Maybe I'll try the binder!

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