Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Yes the paperwork can be a real drag can't it and it builds up so quickly!
I have four storage areas for paperwork:
(Rule 1 - I throw store junk mail and obvious rubbish letter mail (offers for credit cards etc) away as soon as I clear it from the mailbox. It never hits the bench = 2/3 of problem gone immediately!)
Area 1 - On the kitchen bench where I can see it every day if I need to do something with it. ie. a bill, form for signature to go back to kid's school. etc
Area 2 - In largish wicker basket on top of microwave for things that don't need anything done with them and I don't need right now but might need in the next few weeks/months. ie receipts from stores, paid bills etc in case I have to return something faulty or there is a dispute about an overdue bill. They stay in the basket until it is full then these things are bagged, year labelled and held for one year in the attic then tossed out.
Area 3 - Large A-Z binder held in the kitchen cupboard for one year for things I must keep but probably won't need to refer to regularly. ie that year's paid insurance renewal, paid car registration, taxation returns, school reports, warranties and instruction books for new electric items etc. Transferred to filing cabinet after a year.
Area 4 - A-Z Four drawer filing cabinet in attic for things I also must keep but are old. ie contents of past years full A-Z binders.
Works for me! It's lovely starting each new year off with empty storage areas (except the four drawer filing cabinet) and knowing I know where things are and can lay my hands on what I need in the future.