It’s tax time. Well, almost. I’ve started the process of moving last year’s files into a different space and replacing them with files for this year. Many of the file folders will be the same, and in duplicating the folders, I realized that I also have files on appliances and household items. That’s not something I want filed away in a closet. It occurred to me that maybe they should all go into a binder that anyone might be able to find. I think binders have a useful purpose and they help me feel oh, so organized.
1. I had an empty binder on my bookshelf, so I started by filling it with page protectors and the even cooler ones that have pockets on each side.
2. I pulled file folders out of the drawer and put the contents of each one in a page protector/pocket.
3. I used my handy, dandy label maker and made a label for the binder.
4. I’m still thinking about whether I need to make a label for each page protector/pocket. I’m thinking not, since you can easily see the contents. I might want to use the protector for something else some day. Okay. Eliminate #4.
5. While I was at it, I browsed through the information I was “filing” in the binder. I realized I had at least one warranty card that had never been filled in. Good time to do that while it’s in front of me.
6. I put the binder on the bookshelf in my office along with other “preparedness” books. Should be a good place to keep it since I refer to those books often.
It feels pretty good to have all of that information in one place. Since I do have some new appliances this year, and have required some minor work while still in warranty, I’ve already had to refer to this paperwork. Fortunately, the first time around, I wrote in the information that was required, so it should be even easier if there is a next time.
Now that I’m finished with that project, I’m ready to tackle something else. I’ve eliminated a handful of manila folders from my file drawer. Maybe now I’ll go through last year’s bills and see what I really need to keep. Utility bills? Doubtful.
What are you doing this year to make your information more accessible?