Danestress Posted September 27, 2012 Share Posted September 27, 2012 I am trying to cram my bill paying and filing center into a smallish laundry room where I have a small, built in desk, some cupboards, and an open bookcase. It's not a big laundry room, though I guess that sounds like a lot to have. I am an organizational mess. I'm just going to say that right off the bat. I did just finish a "command center" type wall outside of the laundry room that has a pin board, calendar, and places for kids to put their own important paperwork (permission slips, lunch schedules, etc). Several of you offered great advice on that, and several offered good organizational advice as well. Thanks Ellie and company. Right now, I have a computer armoire in the living room that has all the mail in it, and some big plastic file cases. I find it really hard to use, because the files become quite heavy, they are on the top shelf (the only space they fit) and are sort of a pain to take out when you are just filing or looking for one thing. Ideally I know I would just have a file cabinet, but the places I could put one are not really convenient, and I think when you are an organizational mess, one thing you have to do is to make it a little easier to do what you are supposed to do in the first place. Anyway, I was thinking of using separate desk top file cases for major filing categories, and keeping them on the shelf. So I would have files for "cars" "insurance," "Checking account," "monthly bills" etc. Just problem solve what would be bad about a system like this? I am thinking I could keep about a years worth of files for each category on the shelves, and then at least the files would be right at my finger tips. Obviously it would make things very easy for someone who wanted to come in my home and steal important documents. On the other hand, it would make life easy for me and for family members who want to put their hands on stuff. Then I could put a proper file cabinet in a closet upstairs where things could go that are older than a year old but that should be kept. Taxes ... banking records ... etc. Good idea? Bad idea? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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