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Organizing Habit #25

Set-up a simple file system. If the thought of organizing your paperwork seems too overwhelming maybe you are making the task or your system bigger than it needs to be.

Make 12 hanging files with labels and find space for them in an accessible file drawer or desktop file boxes. Or, if you detest files, then set-up 12 stacking trays or document drawers.

If you recall your information by categories, label the 12 folders, trays or drawers with these category headings and file your paper information according the appropriate category:
1. Action
2. Projects
3. Home
4. Family
5. Work
6. Medical
7. Dental
8. Legal
9. Credit Card Statements
10. Bank Statement
11. Insurance
12. Taxes

If you recall your information chronologically, label the 12 folders, trays or drawers with a month of the year and file your paper information in date order by when you receive it:
1. January
2. February
3. March
4. April
5. May
6. June
7. July
8. August
9. September
10. October
11. November
12. December

Placing your paper in some form of system is always going to be better than not filing it at all.

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