My 3 biggest domestic downfalls...
I'm making a really big effort to instantly toss all the junk. The back pocket is the "inbox". This includes everything that's not sorted yet. Then there's 2 more sections. One section is the "outbox" (things that need to be mailed or filed). The third section... that's where I had my stroke of genius. I keep everything I need to pay bills. EVERYTHING.
Bill Book (see below)
My entire adult life I have kept a "Bill Book". Each bill gets its own page. In my book, I have one page each labeled: Rent, Electric, Phone/Internet, My Student Loans, Hubby's Student Loans, and Insurance. Each page includes every piece of information I might need to pay that bill. Everything. Including our bank account numbers. The fact is that sometimes I need to pay a bill over the phone fast, and I can't find our debit cards or check book here. We're talking major disorganization. So keep up with your bill book.
I also record each payment in my bill book. Just a simple record of how much I paid, and what day it was. This is also where I write the confirmation number if I'm paying by phone.
I've also decided that Wednesday is my "paperwork" day. Every Wednesday, I have to go through my mail sorter, fill out whatever needs it, and empty the "outbox". I am so proud of me!!!
See my post on how to make your own custom mail sorter!
*Paperwork Tips for the Overwhelmed*
- "Virtually Eliminate" paper mess completely! Sign up for email bank statements, bills... whatever you can. Then cut the paper bills off for good!
- Reserve a place where you can pile all the mail. It's ideal to think you'll toss the junk instantly, but we all know your DH (darn husband) isn't going to play by these rules!
- Buy Forever stamps! If you're anything like me, random stamps turn up because they weren't used in the order they were bought. So do yourself a favor. Forgo the adorable stamps and stick with what works... Forever stamps all the way!