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I try to sort out any obvious junk mail as soon as I get my hands on the fresh mail from the mailbox. I like the "one touch" idea, and also the 12 folders. I'm trying to get better about having so many bills and papers lying around!
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thanks for the great ideas.
Mails and journals: I am still struggling with this. What I try to do is I have a paper recycling box, all junk mail goes there. I have already signed up for my no mailing list so I have started receiving fewer mails in my mailbox. Once the unnecessary mails are put off, I shred the ones that have info and put to recycle. I have many journals coming and am still trying to have a space for them. Maybe getting an organizer/open shelf for it might be a good idea.
Bills: I have signed up to all of my billing company online, so I try to pay all my bills online. I took my hubby's advice, trying to pay my bills online on a certain date of the month and be done with. It saves time and not forgetting to pay. I still have not gone totally stop paper statement, but I am planning to stop soon. Hopefully it will help in trim-lining my mails and bills.
Edited by: MUN_SILVER at: 3/1/2009 (13:27)
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Bumping this up since we are discussing organizing paper on another thread and this one has some good ideas.
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I am currently struggling with this - I am kinda living in two different spots and it creates some georphical issues. This is a great suggestion!
The 12 folders or binder sounds like an excellent idea for me to keep track of the bills I pay per year, and easier to keep up with. Thanks for the great idea!
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I've been attempting to establish the "one touch" rule. each piece of paper, no matter what it is, only gets to be touched once. If you pick it up, you have to deal with it and be done. you can't put it aside to deal with later.
like I said, I'm attempting to do this.
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When I get the mail, I immediately sort through it weeding out the "junk" mail and tossing it. Magazines go on the coffee table. I keep the bills in a wire document sorter by due date w/ the envelopes.
The remainder of the mail, I open and read. Items that need a reply (i.e. invitations), I post on a bulletin board to remind myself to reply. Mail that does not need a reply gets tossed.
In regards to magazines, I keep them for only a month. When the new ones arrive, the old gets recycled immediately.
I also immediately sort the bill from the extra stuff that comes with it, then it goes in my home journal (home management binder, control journal, whatever you want to call it) until Sunday, when I pay all my bills. I do my budget on Microsoft Money.
After the bill is paid, I file them in my filing cabinet and remove them each year and they go with copies of my taxes.
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I use a calendar called File-It. It has 12 file folders (with closed sides) spiraled like a calendar and lined on the back side. Here I put each spending category and how much money was spent that month in each category. I also track my HSA ins and outs and mileage reimbursement for my job.
I total each category at the end of the month and then at year end all of the work is done which makes taxes a breeze. If I need to refer back to a receipt or bill, then I just look in that month's folder. After I complete my taxes, I rubberband the 12 folders and my tax forms in a banker's box earliest to latest. Once a box gets full, I label it Taxes 1998 - 2008 in sharpie and it goes in long term storage. Then I'll start a new box.
Thanks for the idea. I love to see what works for others.
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I keep the recycle bins right beside the door. When I get the mail, I sort it on my way in from the mail box and put the junk mail that doesn't need to be shredded in before I come in the house. If I could only get my BF to do with same now!!! He brings it all in. Once it's in the house, I can't seem to get it back out again.
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I saw this tip in a magazine and thought I'd share. I always had issues with keeping mail and bills organized and not in a huge mess up papers and envelopes on the table. The magazine suggested getting one of those folders/binders that has at least 12 slots/compartments. I bought one at Walmart for around $7. Make a compartment for each month of the year. When you get bills or mail that you want to keep, put it in the appropriate month's section. I advise paying bills right away too. Everything else goes into a paper bag to be recycled or shredded. This makes it really easy to pull up an old bill if you need to double-check something or just keep an item of mail for record.
At the end of the year, you can either toss or file away the mail. Or what I do is just buy a new folder for the new year and put the old folder (as is) in a filing cabinet.