I find that when documents, mail, and receipts start piling up, I start to feel anxious. You know, when all of a sudden, the mail on the counter, and documents piled up on the desk is getting to be too much where you scratch your head and think, “Okay, something needs to happen with this!”
So, here I am today! Showing you my best tips for how to keep a clear, anxiety-free living space by showing you how to organize important documents! I’m talking about social security cards, birth certificates, passports, medical info, insurance info, vet info, education certs, etc. The stuff you’ll need to take with you in case of an unfortunate circumstance!
Firstly, start fresh and declutter. This means to PURGE. Purge the papers you don’t need a paper copy of. Including things that you know you have an email copy of that can be saved digitally. As well as, getting rid of things that no longer apply. Meaning, a bank you no longer do business with, a company you no longer work for, a car you don’t have anymore, you get the idea.
This is the binder I use to file all of our documents. It is big and sturdy, unlike the plastic accordion-style binder I used to use that would end up just falling apart. In the photo above, you can see I categorized two letters per file. Then inside the file, there are folders that contain a specific category. Above, you can see my AB file. Inside the AB file, I have a folder labeled “AUTO” and a folder labeled “BANKING.” Each folder contains documents associated with their title.
Throughout the binder, I use this same method for everything we have documents for. However, the more important forms for being a US citizen (SSC, passport, birth cert) those are in plastic laminate covers in the very front of the binder. One, for easy access, and two, if there were ever to be water damage at any point, they would be resistant to water damage.
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In the video, I go into specific tips on how to keep your documents orderly! I show you how and where to keep receipts along with other paper organization tips.
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