I bought this great 8 pocket organizer from Walmart for $4. It has four large pockets and then in front of each is a smaller buckled pocket. (Wish I could post a picture.)
I use the larger pockets to put my bills unfolded in order by date due (one pocket per bill) then as the bill gets paid, I fold it in half write the date I paid it and stick it in the smaller buttoned pocket.
It has really helped me get my bills under control. No more piles of mail and no more missed deadlines/late fees
They come in four different colors. I set my mother in law up with a blue one for Credit card bills, green for taxes and lawyer bills, pink for utility bills. she has all three pocket organizers in one of those cardboard magazine holders and now all you see is clean! No clutter and easy to maintain.
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Rather than trying to be super organized, try having a catch all that you can organize when you have more time. I have a pretty box that sits on my desk and any mail, bill, or coupons I get go in the box which I re-file once a week. My desk stays neater throughout the week and I don't stress so much about having to organize it "all the time".
I bought a folder box that has different tabs (such as "bills", "insurance", "receipts", "taxes", etc.), and I organize all of the documents I need to keep for the year into this folder. At the end of the year, I sort through the files, shredding what I no longer need. Then I file the rest of the items into a larger, long term file box. It keeps me organized, and I can always find what I need.
You can find file folders at office stores, such as Staples and Office Depot. Or your average supercenter such as Walmart of Target carries them.
Some tips: purchase some small containers to separate toiletries into (and throw away the outdated makeup, bad perfume, etc! Or give it to charity if available); organize your closet by season; Organize bills and imp. documents into a file box; And overall - purge regularly! Get rid of the chaos.
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