Organizing My Bills and Paperwork

Happy New Year!!

Are you are new year’s resolution kinda person??  I say I’m not, but I do try to be more organized and more frugal each year and I’m always starting out a new year eating healthier, drinking more water, and the like.  Do you remember that I started off last year with my 12 week organizational challenge.  I got a lot accomplished but, you can never be too organized, right?
My office space is limited to a basket inside a cabinet in my kitchen.  The basket holds bills that need to be paid, coupons I’m saving, tax receipts, and basically any important papers.


Pretty pathetic way to organize such important stuff, huh?!

I do pretty well paying bills on time but this “system” is just a recipe for disaster.  So, I decided to get myself organized for this new 2013 year.


I purchased an accordion file to clear out my basket.

After throwing away all the junk and putting other papers where they belong, I was able to condense all my paperwork to this file folder.


I used my label maker to label the pockets.

Then I bought a 12 pocket accordion file to file my bills month by month, after I get them paid.


This file was already labeled with the months of the year so I’m all ready to go.

One thing that I know has helped me in the bill paying department,  is to use online bill pay.  This is such a wonderful convenience.  On the 1st of each month, I schedule the payment of all my bills for the entire month.  That way I do it all in one swipe and don’t have to worry about paying a bill later in the month. These free bill payment checklists come in handy too.

Keeping all my passwords for online resources organized is imperative.  I like to store my passwords in my yearly planner.


I rewrite them every year…getting rid of the ones we don’t use anymore.

In my bill basket there was a printer cable.  I use this when I’m hooking my laptop or other device to my printer, but storing it in my bill basket was well, not neat and tidy.  So, I am now storing it and some other cables in toilet paper rolls.


I just label the rolls so I can remember what the cords and cables go to.

So, for under $10, I have organized my little bill paying area.  Hopefully taking the time and little bit of money will save me both time and money in the long run!

Blessings,
 

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  1. I hope your hubs appreciates the gem he has in you!

    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year! Dona

  2. I love this idea. I need mine organized as well. Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. Wow! I guess I can’t complain about my small home office area! Even when I was in a 500 square foot condo I still had more home office space than you do. Great job at getting it organized! Inspiring post.

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  5. I like how you used an old toilet paper tube to hold the cords, gives me a new idea.

  6. Christina @ Floridays Mom says:

    I so need to get our bills organized..they seem to always end up just sitting on the counter. I have a giveaway going on right on at my blog for $50 with of personalized printables from Printing Pixels, many of which are family organizational binders for meal planning, shopping, chores, etc. Might be something you or your viewers are interested in to continue with the organizing theme. :) Happy New Year!

  7. What a great way to organize in a tight space.

  8. I love your solution for the cords using toilet paper rolls!
    We have a large office in our home, with lots of shelving and a couple filing cabinets. But we also run a business from our home, so we need this. I am trying to get my husband`s side more organized…that may take a couple years! lol
    Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursday
    Debbie :)

  9. I experimenting with new organization also! Mail is my nemesis!

  10. I found you via the Organizing Revolution!

    Such a great idea to make use of the limited space you have available! Great job!

  11. great tips!
    Happy New Year and thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/organizing-home/

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have vintage suitcases that are flat on the top so they stack, I use them for my end tables in my living room and nite stands in my bedroom.I store all kinds of things in them. Christmas decorations and candle holders that I swap out for different seasons. I also collect train cases that I store all my BB Works in. I even have one for my tools. Great way to save space and organize things…. caps1971rlhs@yahoo.com

  13. Found your blog via Pinterest–I’m impressed with your closets!

    I also keep cords and cables in cardboard tubes, but not TP rolls. Rather, I find that the cardboard core of pet-hair/lint rollers are very sturdy and last for ages.

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