This week’s clutter challenge is the paper pile.
And that’s perfect because 1.) it’s about all the cleaning I’ll be able to do with a bum knee and 2.) the end of January is traditionally the time I get my tax records together for the accountant.
Last year I changed accountants and so for the first time I have received a “pre-tax packet” to help me get organized.
In addition I have all the paperwork from the renovation which I’d like to organize and stash together in an orderly fashion. (This is a separate item from the plans and permits.) This would include fabrics, finishes, swatches, invoices, paid bills, warranties, and instruction booklets.
The best organization, however, of what happened in the reno is this blog. Anytime I need to look up a color, material, or technique I just do a quick search. I can highly recommend blogging to anyone who has a long-term project ahead of them.
Back to the suggestions for controlling paper clutter:
1. Trash – Notes and bits of paper that made their way into the mix but are now irrelevant.
2. Filing – Decide if the paper should be filed in the short (filing cabinet near the desk) or long term file (box in the attic). Then put it there.
3. Action – I must get to it (like the tax papers).
4. Pending – Someone else is holding me up.
Most of my paperwork just needs a home as I don’t let mail and bills collect. I take action on those items as soon as they’re delivered.
I have already stashed all the architectural drawings and building permits in a drawer together. They had been literally rolling around the house.
And I wanted to let everyone know that the State Department accepted my home-photoed portrait and has sent me a new passport.
What paperwork item is high on your list to tame?