If you’re like most people, you probably feel overwhelmed at times with all the papers you need to deal with and organize. Unless you’re getting e-bills only, then you’ve got monthly bills and account statements to sift through, on top of junk mail, medical records, insurance documents, warranties, receipts, manuals, your kids’ school papers, tax documents, and more! That’s a lot of paper to keep track of! And the bad thing is that you could be in big trouble if you wind up needing one of those documents and aren’t able to find it. Luckily, there are many different ways to get a handle on all the paper in your life! Check out these 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers!
I’ve seen ads for some websites that offer to keep your personal papers safe and organized online for you. While I like the idea of my documents being always available in the cloud and safe from fire or water damage, I also know that any website can be hacked. So I currently prefer to still go old-school with my paper organization methods. If you feel the same, you’re sure to find the ideas below to be very helpful!
10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers
1. Personalized Mail Organizer
This is both a cute DIY project, and a great way to organize your mail! I like that it includes a place for things you’re planning to send out in the mail as well. You can customize the labels to say whatever you want to better fit your lifestyle. Find out how to make this great personalized mail organizer by following Her Tool Belt’s tutorial!
2. Receipts and Manuals Organizer
Isn’t this a great idea? It’s very important to keep the receipts and manuals for expensive items in an easy to find location, just in case you ever need to get some form of support. Simply Fabulous Living explains how to make a handy receipts and manuals organizer binder!
3. Tabbed Files Organization
If you keep your files in just a few folders, or have a lot of folders that are unmarked, then you could benefit from this system using tabs! Child at Heart gives her advice on how to organize your personal papers, and some of your other papers, too!
4. School Papers Storage System
You wouldn’t believe how much paper you’ll collect from your kids’ school years! Between the report cards and official papers, to the art, photos, and other keepsakes, you’ll wind up with a big stack before long! Simply + Kierste explains a simple way to organize your children’s school papers (and free label printables are included!).
5. Cabinet Door Bill and Receipt Pocket Organizers
This is such a good idea! You can customize these to say whatever you want, and can make as many as you can fit inside your kitchen cabinet, or any other cabinet you may have! Follow Organizing Home Life’s tutorial and make your own handy cabinet door bill and receipt pocket organizers!
6. Old Book Mail Organizers
This is so cute and creative! Easily sort your bills, junk mail, magazines, and more by following Beyond the Picket Fence’s explanations on how to make adorable DIY old book mail organizers!
7. Grab and Go Binder
You can’t call your papers officially organized if you don’t have easy access to the most important ones in an emergency. Home Ready Home explains how to easily put together a grab and go binder that will kept your most vital papers organized and ready for any worst-case scenario!
8. Color Coded Files
A system that you could use instead of or in addition to the typical labeling method is color coding. A Bowl Full of Lemons explains how to make your filing cabinet neat and organized with a handy color coded file organization system!
9. Cloth Mail Sorter
If you prefer to sew things, then you may like to make a mail sorter out of cloth! Bright and Blithe explains how to sew cute cloth mail sorters, and includes free printables to help you organize your sorters further!
10. Home Management Binder
A home management binder is critical to managing your home! It includes your important personal documents and other papers, like chore lists and menu plans. Make life easier and keep your papers more organized by following my tips for making a helpful home management binder!
How do you keep your papers organized?
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