Having a home for everything is one of my principles for organizing and it applies to paperwork too. Have you ever gotten a request from someone asking for a copy of a certain document? If you know where your documents are, it’s an easy task. If not, you may be searching for hours in multiple places often with no success. This can leave you frustrated and anxious. Take the initiative to get your paperwork organized – you will feel so much better knowing everything is in an easy to find place.
These four categories are the basics for organizing paperwork, not including wastebasket and recycling.
1. To Do
2. To Pay
3. To File
4. To Read
Choose what works for you to contain the papers in each category, whether it is a folder or basket. Find something that suits your style and that makes it easy for you to maintain.