Do you have piles of paper, bills, insurance details and other random but essential paperwork all over your home? A simple home filing system can help you manage the paper chaos and make it easier to keep your home organised. This is how I organise my paperwork at home and it is super simple to do it yourself!
We have two basic steps for managing paperwork, the first is our mail station (which I will write more about later) and the second is our filing system. When the mail first arrives it goes onto my little mail station bench (which also houses our keys and other random essentials). Once a bill is paid or the mail is sorted it then gets filed.
To manage our filing I have three large binders that are sectioned for different paperwork. I keep them stored in our desk cabinet (just an Ikea sideboard that I multipurpose as a desk) and file paperwork in them once a week or once a fortnight.
Each folder holds different paperwork. I’ve got one for home (utilities, rates, insurances etc), one for health (medical records, health insurance, kids health stuff etc) and one for finances (superannuation, bank records etc).
Everything in the folders is sorted so it is easy to find. Generally I keep things for a year and then replace with the next years information (rates, bills etc). Having it all in one place also makes it a lot easier to pull out information when you are putting together a budget. Rather than just guessing, you can look at past bills.
What you need:
- Large binders (I would suggest 3)
- Dividers (if you don’t buy purpose made binders)
- A market (to write on the relevent sections)
What you do:
- Decide on the main purpose of each binder. You’ll definitely need one for finance and one for home and the other can be for health and children or another title that fits your lifestyle. You can also make similar folders for business and work.
- Work out the main sections you need (you can get some ideas from the sections in my filing folders above).
- File all current paperwork and then develop a system for filing regularly (fortnightly is generally a good start).