Arg! Paper Organization. It is so hard and can be so time consuming. The paper monster looms around every corner and fogs the efficiency of my home, takes up space, and I am pretty sure it even reproduces. Even in the amount of time I have been sorting and shredding, the paper monster keeps rearing it’s ugly head. It has been amazing to find all it’s hiding places. 🙂
This week, we are working on piling everything we have sorted and filing it in a physical file. My ultimate goal is to have everything digitally stored. But I have to take baby steps to not get overwhelmed. (Technology overwhelms me).
Our next step is to take the things we have sorted and hone in on the details of those things. Everything has been sorted into a broad category, now we need to be more detailed. I am starting with my file box of bible studies. I have an entire file box with stacks of bible studies from the last 13 years. Oh boy! Talk about overwhelming!
Ready, set, GO!
- Find a fairly large area for a work space. (ex. your made bed, dining room table, or living room floor)
- Go through every piece of paper and pile it with like items. For example, in my case, I have a pile for every book that I have studied. (James, Acts, Romans, ect.)
- Afterward, I put the individual studies in order. The category will determine your order. It could be my date, importance, or alphabetical. Go with the natural way for ease of finding things. You may need to write yourself a note on how you ordered them.
- Use a system of separation. You could use file folders, large paper clips, or even binders. I used large clips to keep them all together. I skipped the file folders and binders as eventually everything will be digital. I just needed something temporary.
- Put them in a file box or file drawer visibly marked.
I hope you are starting to see some paper organization in your home! The next step would be to move to another category and repeat the process.
Tip of the day: For my important documents, I have a binder that all my pertinent information goes in. For example, all our birth certificates, social security cards, cat titles, hunter’s education cards, etc. that I might need at a moments notice are all kept together. All of my taxes are kept in a manila folder marked with the year and filed away. Just some ideas of what works for me.
Hope you have a great day! Blessings!