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Tuesday Time to Tackle: Paper Piles


Paper and I have a love-hate relationship.  I love how the written word provides a snapshot of a particular time.  I hate how difficult it is for me to dispose of papers, and how good I am at procrastinating filing them away.

I am hoping to wade through this pile today.  It may come as a great surprise, but I'm very good at paying bills on time.  The breakdown in my system really comes in the filing stage.

How do you handle paperwork?  Any advice on how to break myself of this "piling" habit? 

Thanks for my favorite papers--photos and letters from loved ones!


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  1. When you find a solution, please post it because I am overwhelmed, too.

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  2. I have a one touch rule....touch it once then pay, file or toss. Works for me! LOL, good luck...looks like a big pile. xoxo

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  3. No problems on that part of my life... As a very organized person, I make it a habit to file everthing immediatly. I can's stand clutter.

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  4. I too am very good about paying on time. I open mail and either toss or put in the to do pile. It's after the task is done that I fall down, I am VERY bad about that last step. Throw away is easy, filing just piles up. Big surprise but in my professional life my desk was cleared each day before going home with nary a stray piece of paper!

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  5. We do get the paper bills. I sort them by type and put them in a basket. Forever. I need to stop that. LOL

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  6. I'm lucky that The Man took over the bill paying/filing chore a few years ago. He would rather do that than clean a toilet...lol! I had a much more elaborate filing system than he does because I couldn't stand seeing the stack of papers that needed filing -- that doesn't bother him too much, and it's located in his ManCave, so I don't let it bother me either! I do follow the blog of a self-proclaimed "love-to-be-organized" lady, Toni at a Bowl Full of Lemons -- http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/2012/09/home-organization-101-week-4-office.html. She has a 14 week challenge going on right now for organizing all the trouble spots in our homes, and this week is "The Office." She has quite a nice filing system and explains it very well, so you might want to check it out.

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