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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Staying Organized in 2011

Filing cabinet before organization began
Filing is one of my least favorite things to do.  Why is it so hard for me to file a paid bill, tax donation paperwork, new insurance information, etc.?  This year I'm going to try and stay on top of all this paperwork so today I started off by cleaning out my filing cabinet.  I had paycheck stubs from 2008 still in the filing cabinet along with insurance policies that expired back in 2005.  A lot of shredding and burning took place at my house this morning.  I like to burn the shredded paperwork in our fire pit just for extra security.  Believe it or not, I had an old boss that had me tape together shredded papers to see if the other employee in the office was stealing company information.  Yes, that boss I worked for was a little insane and paranoid.

I shredded old insurance policies that had expired and only kept the current copy along with all the legal information in the file.  Each file is labeled health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, home insurance, ring insurance, furniture paperwork, fostering paperwork, 2011 receipts and donations, and misc.  In the past, I've always just thrown receipts and tax donation paperwork in a file called misc but while sorting out all of my files, I found more medical paid bill receipts and tax donation paperwork in a variety of files.  It was a mess!  This year any tax deduction paperwork will immediately go in the file called 2011 receipts and donations.  Any paid bills will automatically be stored in a small accordian file like the one pictured below.

 This file will be labeled 2011 Paid Bill Receipts.  I found some tax paperwork  from 2008 and 2009 so those were filed away in a storage box and will be stored away in the attic along with 2010 taxes when we finish filing our taxes this year.  

Hopefully these improvements to my filing cabinet will help me stay more organized with paperwork this year!  

Do you have any great ideas for organization?  I'd love to hear about them.


  1. Check out this blog http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com She has tons of great ideas!

  2. One of the many projects on my list for 2011 as well! Getting more organized!