Below are some shots of how I manage everything that comes into my home. I pretty much sort out the junk mail as soon as I get it, everything else goes into the black folder, this way it's all in one place and I don't have to look at it. I go through it at least once a week. Bills are put into this free online program called Bill Bugger and there's even a widget that sits on my desktop that tells me the bill, how much and when. Super easy and simple.
The Bills then go into the BIG BOOK of Finances , I kinda use that binder for all financial paperwork, I divide it in tabs, in the front is clear zipper folder with a calculator, pen, checkbook. Then are the folders with built in tabs. My tabs are Current Bills, Budget(with a print out of our budget ), Receipts (I write when I paid and confirmation number and only keep them for a few months), Car documents, Debt, Credit reports, Lease & contracts (we rent), and lastly I have a Student Loan tab.
The black folder also holds invitations, pictures to frame, stuff to file. Then there's the file box that sits on the counter, this is where my different binders go there's even an emergency plans binder--hurricane info and supplies we would need, Phone book, and a zippered pouch with camera, cords for camera, Mp3 player cords and battery charger--anything cords I use with my laptop basically.
Anyway, my friends always ask why I don't have anything out..this is why. It sounds like a lot of work but it's so easy...
Oh and that message board, I made it. It holds invitations for upcoming events. It's an old frame painted black with a thin piece of wood I got at home depot with a sheet a metal glued on then sanded. It cost like $12. See how Mabel's mom furnishes her home on a budget by the way.
There's the black folder and with one of the many binders this one is for a committee I'm on and to the right my to do list. The dining table serves as the desk so the paperwork has to be somewhat contained
Wow the file box looks hideous in the pic...I think I'll be spray painting it very soon. On top sits the Finance binder
That invitation is my brother-in-law the wedding was long ago (they're already expecting) but I can't bear to take it down.◦