I have been overwhelmed by the growing stacks of papers in my office. These growing stacks resulted in expired license plates, for which my daughter received her first ticket while driving with her learner’s permit! So I decided not to work more overtime today and revamp my filing system instead. Thank God for label makers!
There are so many things that need to be saved. I found this site interesting to figure out how long to save certain documents, statements, and other bills. Warranty paperwork should also be labeled and saved for easy access. Case in point: our 52″ LCD TV that had to be replaced after 14 months. Amazingly, my dear husband came through on that one because he had tucked that paperwork away somewhere himself.
With files labeled and grouped into corresponding pendeflex folders, I filed everything from January to present only. My previous system was to pay the bills and stuff the entire stack in one pendeflex labeled “Bills”. I’m drawing the line at taking the time to go through all of those and file accordingly. When the time comes, those statements will be shredded.
I gave up making enough in overtime for our entire family to go out for dinner at a nice restaurant (or to buy a SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash card) to get this accomplished as well as fill out our Census and take care of some other paperwork and correspondence. The peace of mind is worth it!