From the title of my blog maybe you can guess that I am not the best person at maintaining orderly files. I am 37 years old and I have never had a filing system nor had I ever completed all my filing.
My "to be filed" bin was about 8 inches high and included some choice items from 2004 and 2003. It also contained every statement from each account I had opened this year (Fidelity Roth, Fidelity IRA, ING, Emigrant, HSBC ... well, you get the picture). The worse problem was my filing...er...crate. I had no system, which is why filing was so onerous. My main problem was that each piece of paper had multiple associations for me and I had trouble picking one and creating a system (that might be a symptom of the ADD...)
It's ironic that I am usually pretty good about a yearly cleanout of out of date papers (shredapalooza and recyclepalooza of course) and I would usually make progress on my filing during that event, but I'd never managed to truly have it organized or to feel I could manage my filing. It was time.
A year ago (that's right...a year ago) when I was starting this blog, I came across David Bach's suggestions for creating a filing system. Today, I used that as inspiration and LaLa and I spent the entire afternoon and evening wrangling paper. I'm a little pooped.
My system may need some refining, but now I can tell where something goes...and how to find it. Small miracles, people...small miracles.
I start 2006 fully filed. It's a beautiful thing.