My kids went back to school yesterday and as much as I LOVE the break from routine, by the end of the break, I’m ready for a break. This is my catch-up week and I love getting back into my groove.
I mentioned last week that we recently watched the Minimalist’s documentary, which is SO good. Well now I’m listening to their podcasts too. I really like their approach and it’s helping me to refocus on simplifying (even more) this year. Which, by the way is also going to be my word for the year.
As much as I already try to focus on this, I want to continue to do so, even more. I want to be increasingly diligent and focus solely on what is bringing value to my life. I encourage you to do the same, less is more.
On the topic of simplifying, and because I just finally got through all of our assorted paperwork that had piled up from selling a house, buying a house, and moving internationally, whew! (I wonder why I was putting this off! Ha!)
I want to share with you my tips on how to keep paper under control. It can be simple, I promise.
Organizing Paper: Simplify
I am still using a very similar system that I formerly used in our old home. (Instead of the two portable file holders I used to use, I now have two file drawers that are built-in, in my pocket office. I just moved the files there and then created hanging files for each family member, instead of the trays.)
You can see the two posts below, for the complete details. This is a great month to get ahead with your paper organization, just in time for tax season!
As much as possible, I do whatever I can to keep the least amount of paper. To help with this priority, I follow these two simple rules:
- Shred and recycle anything that we don’t need to file.
- Opt for anything electronically, that has that option available.
In the future, I may consider looking into digital filing options, like Evernote. but for now this works well for me. (Digital can sometimes require just as much time to scan and keep organized.) Do what works for you.
The ultimate goal with paper organization is to simplify!
Lastly, I also use my Health + Home Management Planner. It’s our “go-to” notebook. I recently updated the entire planner and it’s now available in the MWM Shop. If you want to streamline your menu planning, create a password log, and track your goals, this is a GREAT planner. You can easily design it and organize it to work for you! For all the details click here.
What questions do you have when it comes to paper organization? Where are you getting stuck? Share with me in the comments, I’ll do my best to help. 🙂