The following is a guest post on her top 3 organization systems for 2017 from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
Happy 2017! A new year means a fresh start. The time to re-evaluate some things in my life. On the organizing end, I like to look at the systems that are working in my home and which ones need to be changed. I like to take every system, room by room.
I thought it would be fun to share the three systems that have continuously worked in my home. These systems will remain the same for 2017 because they are extremely beneficial.
My Bill Paying System
This two drawer organizer has been a life-saver for me. I get paid twice a month; the 10th and 25th of each month. The top drawer is labeled 10th and the bottom drawer is labeled 25th. Every time I get a bill in the mail, it will get placed in one of these two drawers depending on when I pay the bill. When it is bill-paying-day, I will grab everything out of the drawer and start paying each bill.
In addition to the bills, my monthly bill planner is also located in the drawer. I have used this printable for the past four years and it has been the most beneficial printable I have ever made.
There isn’t any thinking that goes into paying bills. I know all of the bills located on this sheet have to be paid on that particular pay check. You can download the printable and use it for your bills.
My Receipt Organization
I struggled in this area for years. I would just throw all of my receipts in one big box and eventually sort through them when the box got so stuffed I couldn’t close the lid. Then, one day, I decided that I had to create a better system. One that saved me time and frustration. I purchased an accordion file from Wal-Mart for under $5.00, labeled the tabs, and the rest is history.
I have been using this system for four years and I do not see myself changing it any time soon. I organize the receipts by store name. So, if I make a purchase at Wal-Mart that receipt will be filed in the “U-V-W” section.
I try to go through the entire file at least once every six months and eliminate receipts I do not need anymore.
My Emergency Binder
A couple of years ago, I worked on putting together an entire binder collection that included documents that were needed in my home. Out of them all, my favorite is my Emergency binder.
It is the binder that includes every vital piece of paperwork for our home. If our house catches fire or if we have to evacuate our home due to a tornado warning (it does happen where I live), then we just have to grab this one binder and head out of the door.
- social security cards
- drivers licenses
- birth certificates
- home insurance policies
- home warranty policies
- banking information
- medical insurance information
- life insurance information
- marriage license
- car titles and paperwork
- important numbers and contacts
We have four members of our family and we have included documents for each one of us (if they are available). I make sure not to have this binder displayed for people to see when they walk into my home, since it does have important numbers and information.
What organization systems do you have in place at home that are really beneficial to you and your family? I would love to hear all about them. I am always looking for new systems to try.
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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!