Piles of paper are often the toughest type of clutter. When was the last time you couldn’t find an important paper you knew you had carefully put away?  A missing permission slip derails the entire family on the way out the door. Organized Home.com offers these ABC’s of paper management: actionbasic and classic file systems. 

An ABC household filing system includes:

  • Action File: a tabletop file for daily, short-term filing. Use an action file to organize bills for payment, papers that require response, and information that must be filed.
  • Basic Files: a household’s working file system. Kept in a file cart, cabinet or drawer, basic files hold medical insurance records, credit card statements, rent receipts and bank statements. Use basic files for routine activities like bill paying, tax files, medical information and home maintenance.
  • Classic Files: archives for long-term file storage. Copies of tax returns and insurance policies, homeowners’ records, medical records, and copies of legal documents belong in classic files. Use file cabinets or records boxes to protect these items for long-term storage. Note: original documents such as insurance policies, legal documents, or tax records should be stored in secure facilities such as safe deposit boxes. For more information on how long to keep important documents USA.GOV  
  • Consider Scanning and storing some documents electronically since it’s best to save your important documents and files in a way that can easily be carried away and accessed later.

After following these ABC’s, all that’s left to do now is sit back and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from paper-clutter-free living! Enjoy that peace…and then go do something you love to do! :-)