Having a clean and organized home is refreshing for the soul. But the benefits don’t stop there - a clean and organized home pushes aside stress and worry, creating a relaxing atmosphere that’s a boost to your well-being. One of the biggest reasons homeowners have a difficult time getting a tidy home is all the paperwork. Getting rid of clutter and junk mail, paying your bills on a regular basis, and keeping track of how much you’ve spent are all priorities that will help you get rid of stress in your home. Check out our tips and ideas to maintain a smart and organized space for all this paperwork!
Organize Your Workspace
The best place to care for your paperwork is in a home office. However, if you don’t have one, you can set up a nice organizer in your kitchen or another room that has a little extra space. Here are some cool ideas to organize your personal paper.
Bonus tip: If you’re keeping your bills in a different place from where you’re going to pay them, make sure to place them in a portable object - such as a file or basket - so you can easily move them around.
Gather Your Paperwork
First of all, take all your bills, receipts, and mail to your workplace. Then you’ll need to:
- See what stays and what goes
- Separate paid bills and bills to pay
- Separate receipts
- Separate your mail from your partner’s
It’s good to have a space where you can sit down and focus on what you need to do, and these are some useful supplies you should make sure to have nearby:
Schedule a Weekly Time
It’s a high priority that you schedule a weekly time to check your bank accounts and plan a calendar with the best dates to pay your bills. You should always keep them on track! A few tips to reduce paper and keep bills on track:
- For bills of a set value, set up automatic payments through your bank
- Pay your bills online and request your bank to stop sending paper statements
- Have a paper shredder so you can shred your bills immediately after paying them
- If you need your bills for taxes or other purposes, make sure to keep a folder where you can file them away immediately after paying
- If you receive bills through email, create two folders - Bills To Pay and Paid Bills - to organize them without the need of accumulating paper
Separating Per Category
Of course each person has different ways of dealing with bills and mail, but check out these categories to help you find the best way to separate your paper:
- Cellphone/House phone
- Charity Donations
- Self-employment and consulting purchases
Related: 25 Must-Have Printable Organizers
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