Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Great January Paperwork Cleanout

I took advantage of all of our snow days in January to do my yearly "January paperwork purge" (even though I'm just getting to posting it now).  Here is my post about it last year

I took loads of papers out of our file cabinet, and made a big shred pile.

Handy Boy did some of the shredding.  He thought it was fun, until the pile kept getting bigger and bigger...It took several shredding sessions over about four days to finish.  I had to take over and shred a few times.   
Good Aurora brand shredder from Staples that doesn't overheat! 
This isn't much of a "before and after," since I do this every year, but here's the "before."  Some of the folders were getting pretty stuffed. 
After.  Again, not a huge difference, but look at all the room I freed up. Wheeeee!  I even keep some extra file folders in the back of the drawer.
I use blue hanging folders for main categories, and manila folders for sub categories.    Some examples of our main categories are:
  • Cable
  • Electric
  • Health - Laurie
  • Health - Rob
  • Health - Handy Boy
  • Mortgage
Here is a good article from MSN Money about which papers to keep, and which ones you can ditch from your bulging file drawers.  I strive to keep our paperwork limited to this ONE file drawer.  

I will say that we have one file crate in the basement with paperwork from my old home party business.  I still have to keep some of that for a while.  However, I refuse to outgrow the file drawer for our normal paperwork.

Does anyone need to do some shredding?  Did you already go through some paperwork?  I've seen around blogland that this is a pretty popular project to tackle this time of year. 

Linking to: I'm an Organizing Junkie/ I Heart Naptime/ Fingerprints on the Fridge/ A Little Knick Knack/ Tidy Mom/ House of Hepworths/ Organize with Sandy/ Paisley Passions/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ We are That Family/ Sew Much Ado


Lisa, An American Mom said...

Ah you are so organized. I'm impressed. We have 2 drawers of folders. But that includes all our owners/operation manuals. Which could probably be moved elsewhere! Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

For some reason your link did not work so I am going to delete it if you would like to try again. Thanks

Scrappy Gal said...

I don't agree with her article about some things to dispose of after only a year. Granted, there are paper trails to follow, should they be needed, but I'd rather hold on to some of that stuff a bit longer to avoid that hassle!

susan said...

How inspiring. I so need to clean/purge my paper plies.

Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy said...

Thanks so much for linking this up! Your files look great. Also love that you gave the link to what papers to keep and what to get rid of.
Hope to see you back soon! :)

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Oh the irony! YES I need to shred!! I have not read the article yet, but hear 4 years for business/bills and stuff. Off to read the article, and off to get a paper shredder very soon!

I have boxes of old bills and stuff from my folks. Not looking forward to shredding all of that stuff. =(

Megan said...

awesome. come do my house next.


Ladybird Ln said...

Great idea, I so need to drag myself and do this, I need to keep up on it every year, but I don't.. You have inspired me!


Anonymous said...

Hey for a minute there I thought you borrowed my picture, then I realized your folders are way thinner than mine! But I have the same beautiful blue hanging files! I still have lots to do, it will be an ongoing project.

Martha (MM) said...

I have so much paperwork to be shredded that I'm thinking of buying a fire pit instead. Seriously!

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