Can you relate? Do you have more papers, manuals, receipts and papers than you know what to do with?
Yesterday the pool man came to diagnose our leaking pool. Not fun, but what can you do? Another receipt and another manual for the new pool pump.
I thought to myself, “Really? More papers to deal with?” That’s when I decided that enough is enough. I have had it with always having more papers to put in a “safe place” so that I could find them if I needed them in the future. Which, of course, I never could. I decided to take action.
I decided to tame the paper beast.
What did I do? I put an easy system in place for all those papers that didn’t require labeling a file folder and putting them in a filing cabinet. Yep, that’s right. An easy way to stash those papers so I can find them when I needed them. No more searching the house in every drawer and flat surface I could find. No more looking for a file folder and a label. I would have a place for all of those important papers that I might someday (but not anytime soon) need. It could be easily put in a bookshelf or a shelf with your cookbooks or, if you use a pretty notebook, on the kitchen counter. The best part is there’s no labeling because once the notebook is set up, it’s right there ready.
I call it the Home Organization Binder – Warranty & Repair Book and this is what mine looks like.
Do you want to tame the paper beast?
Great, because I’d love to show you how to make your own (I’ll even give you the cover and labels to print out). It’s so easy. All you need are a few supplies and whatever receipts, business cards, papers or manuals you can find and some time. You could also just start with one manual or one receipt or one business card and then add it as you need it or as you come across a paper or manual that you need to keep.
First, let’s start with some questions you may have.
- What does it cost? You can make it for $25 OR LESS. You probably have some of the supplies on hand. If not, they are easy to find and inexpensive to purchase.
- How long does it take? After you have the supplies, it takes about 30-60 minutes to put the book together, depending on how meticulous you are about the labels, etc.
- What do I need? You will need the supplies for the notebook and all of the information you want to file.
- What if I don’t know where all my papers are? It’s okay. You can start with 1 receipt, business card, or warranty manual. Then you can add others as you come across them.
Ready to get started? Great, click below to go to the first step.