Quick Stats for the Week:
# of Items Tossed/Donated: 20
# of Items Left to Toss/Donate Before Dec. 31st: 262
Amount of Money Spent this Week on Organizing: $0 (although I probably should seriously consider getting a new makeup bag since this one is gross-ola)
Even though I’ll probably be kicking myself next week for choosing to do this project next, I’ve chosen to now focus on:
The story of my filing cabinet is that I got it over ten years ago, filed everything away I could think of (cuz I was so excited and all), and then in the years since then, I’ve just randomly started shoving things into unmarked folders wherever they would fit. In addition, I haven’t gone through the whole cabinet in years and years.
So this should be interesting.
*Go through my current filing system and toss everything that’s unnecessary or outdated. Shred all personal documents that no longer need to be saved.
*Gather up any loose papers lying around the house (make sure to check EVERY room!), and start sorting them into piles based on similar content.
*Assess my current filing system: what tabs are missing? What tabs can be updated or changed? Make a list of all file topics, and avoid creating any folder titled “miscellaneous.” Create new folders or tabs with the new titles.
*File all papers in their appropriate categories.
*Consider making a master list of the more important file categories, along with a list of their contents. This will make it much easier to find important documents in a hurry.
*Set up a “to-file” bin, and file away all the papers in it at least once a month.
Do you have a filing cabinet? If not, do you have a different way of organizing your papers? I’m definitely open to suggestions, so fire away!
*All to-do lists and cleaning suggestions are taken from and/or inspired by Jennifer Ford Berry’s book Get Organized. (This is NOT a sponsored project (though that is an affiliate link)–I just adore the book! I highly recommend buying a copy for yourself. It literally is what inspired this whole project and is worth the money. Check it out here.)