Now that we have our mail out of the way, our bills paid and the papers we need to keep in order, we need a way to store all this shit.
The obvious answer is a filing cabinet. We currently have one that lives in The Good Son's room until we can move it downstairs. Its ugly and I have plans on making it pretty, but for now, it just holds all our massive paper collection.
Don't be like me and hoard every piece of paper you get. Instead have categories that are actually useful.
Some typical home file categories to consider making files for include:
~Home maintenance file, with receipts of major expenditures (use this log to help keep track)
~Real estate documents
~Insurance policies (for each one, noting the years it covered)
~Automobile documents (separate file for each car and use this log to help keep track)
~Credit card documents (NOTE: Not the bills. This should contain the agreement, privacy policies, etc, for each card)
~Banking records (one for each account at each bank)
~Loan documents (one for each loan)
~Investment records (one for each investment, 401(k), IRA, etc)
~Vital documents (such as birth and marriage certificates, will, etc)*
~Personal home inventory (see upcoming post)*
~Warranties and manuals (see how I keep mine)
Organize along with me in The Good Wife's Weekly Organization Challenges