Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Home Office Organization - Paperwork, Part 3

On Day 1, I admitted that I had a lot of paperwork to clean up and shared pictures of my piles. On Day 2, I conquered one section of paperwork by pulling specific papers from the piles and putting them where they belonged - in the black files, which I then returned to the filing cart.

This is where I left off:

Today, I am continuing the process. This first picture is what is left to sort through.

Step Nine:

Create category identifiers for the remaining piles will be sorted into. I used Semikolon Sticky Tab Markers; the link is below the picture.

Semikolon Sticky Tab Markers
Step Ten:

Decide which category/categories to work on next; place the identifiers onto the sorting space. 

I can only do a few at a time due to space limitations. (I finally measured the table and it is 35.5" square.) The categories for today are: Needs Action, Medical, 2014 Receipts, and 2015 Receipts.

Step Eleven:

Once again, sort through the remaining paperwork; place them into the category/categories chosen. 

This is not a detailed sort in that decisions as to what to keep and what to throw out are not made during the sorting process.

I did pull papers that I noticed that were definitely recycling, shredding, and trash - those items my recycling center does not accept.

This is what it looks like now:

I think it looks a lot better already. The back-left and center piles are papers that still need to be sorted into categories. I separated small items out to keep the pile stable.

The front-left pile was not a category I had identified before. Those items belonged together, so I filed them away. 

I did find one item that should have been pulled yesterday, so I immediately put it away. 

This process took about 1.5 hours, including blogging time. I will go ahead and sort the pulled papers further later. I will photograph it for Day 4 and let you know how much more time was invested.


- Amelia