Paperwork at Home
man who is prepared has his battle half fought. ~ Miguel de
managing paperwork seems like a never-ending task for you, try these
four tips below to help keep things under control.
Pick a Central
1. Decide on
a location where you will routinely take care of all of your paperwork,
usually your home office. If you don't have a home office, then
try to find a location that works for you, be it in your bedroom
or a kitchen corner. I keep my address list and "to do"
list on my PC, so I keep my paperwork area next to my computer.
If you don't use a PC or you have a portable notebook computer,
then you will have more flexibility in where to set things up.
Kids and Paperwork
2. If you are
a parent with small children, choose a place where you can process
the mail and bills while the kids play. When our children were little
I had a spare room that was half play room and half office space
with a child proof gate in the doorway. I kept special toys, including
a little play kitchen and table, in the play room / office to keep
the kids entertained so I could get office work done. They would
be busy taking my food order and making me breakfast of plastic
eggs and bacon while I was busy writing out checks.
The Right Stuff
3. Keep your
designated paperwork area well stocked with everything you need
to process the paperwork. Some things you may need in your work
space may be:
Thank You and other special occasion cards
"To Do" list
bin if you live in an area where you can recycle paper
The Daily Mail
you bring in the mail, take it to your central paperwork location.
This prevent those piles of half opened, half read and half processed
pieces of mail from developing all over your house. Make sure all
family members who may bring in the mail know where the designated
spot is for incoming papers - be they from work, school or the mailbox.
Keep a recycling box near where you open you daily mail, and dispose
of any junk mail right after you open it. That way it won't get stacked
up around the house, covering up bills and important papers.