My Annual File Pile
So guess what time it is? Yep it’s time to do my yearly filing. I went back on my blog to see when I had last done it and it was March of last year. So I didn’t quite make it a full year BUT back in September when I re-organized my office I went down to a smaller filing basket because it’s what fit in the new space. So here’s what it looks like as of today. Piled to the top means time to file.
Okay okay so it might be slightly over my limit but I’m on it. Today’s the day! I’m re-publishing my post from last year (below) as the technique I use to get it all done is still exactly the same!!
from March 14, 2012
I hate filing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
I hate the long term filing (not necessarily the day to day stuff).
So how do I get around not doing a job I don’t love.
I only file once a year.
There I said it.
And yesterday was that day.
When I mentioned this to my sister she told me “gosh you must have one huge basket!”. The truth of the matter is I don’t. I just don’t keep a lot of stuff.
Here is my file basket full after one year.
This basket is 5 inches deep. This is what it looks like outside of the basket:
Not too bad. My strategy is this….I file when the basket is full. Easy as that. Just so happens it takes about a year to fill it up. Works for me!
Ahhh you’ve got to love baskets that provide limits and boundaries. Makes life so much easier.
Now like I said I don’t keep a lot of stuff. Most things for only a year and then 7 years for the tax stuff. Of course this will be different for everyone depending on your financial situation. For more information on how long you should keep your financial records please visit this post for some helpful links.
So how do I organize my file pile for the filing cabinet? Spread out on my bed while watching TV of course! House Hunters anyone?
And then into the filing cabinet it goes:
My main point in telling you this is. I know it doesn’t seem rationale and not something that would work for everyone depending on the amount of papers kept however it is what works for me. There are no set in stone rules for organizing. Of course there are general guidelines like have a home for everything and don’t buy your containers first but other than that it’s all about organizing your way. I was watching Kathie Lee and Hoda the other day and Hoda admitted to using her oven for clothes storage. Absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. If you aren’t using it for cooking you might as well use it for something.
Do what works for you!!
(see also: Your way is not wrong if…)
How often do you file? Are you a file as you go type of girl or a wait awhile to file type of girl? Do you have a boundary in place so you know when it’s time?