If you're overwhelmed with papers, here's how to take control and set up your own system to make your life easier. First we'll start with figuring out what you have.
Let's pretend you have papers all over your house and they are totally disorganized. Don't apologize - just get started:
1. Start with a large surface, like your dining room table, to use as a staging surface. Cover the surface with boxes or other rectangular containers to sort your paperwork in. Some of the categories you might choose are: Bills, medical, car, school, insurance, photos, banking, stationary, taxes, recipes, contact info., appliance manuals, etc.)
2. Working one room at a time, collect every piece of paper you can find and bring it to your staging station. Go through the pile of papers you collected and sort them into the categories you created. (warning: be sure that any papers that require immediate attention, like bills, are kept handy so you can attend to them)
3. Now that you've gone through each room in your house, it's time to sort each category. The next three weeks will be devoted to sorting the categories and developing your systems to keep them organized. Next week we'll tackle mail and bills, followed by household paperwork, and then finally look at recipes.
Quote for the week:
"You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing 'small things', so that all the small things go in the right direction" Alvin Toffler