Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year's Resolution - Get Organized

True Confession #358: I am horrible about filing away mail, bills and important stuff in any kind of timely manner.  And, I am also horrible about letting the hoards of magazines that fill my mail box everyday stack up around the house.  If you can't find a stack of them pushed into the corner of the pictures of my house I post, then it's only because I cropped them out of the picture. 

So, my main New Year's Resolution is to stay organized. 

I have a filing system and file boxes for all of our bills (which I keep copies of for 1-year), bank statements and medical and insurance papers.  It's just a matter of using it on a more regular basis. 

I sat down Sunday, and I am embarrassed to admit that I realized nothing had been filed since September.  Yikes!  I'm all caught up now, though.  In the past, I kept all of my files upstairs.  I've now moved everything downstairs, where I am 98% of the time, in hopes that easy access will keep me on my toes.  I also moved all of the excess magazines and catalogues out to the recycle bin.

What are your New Year's Resolutions?  How do you stay organized?  Please share your tips and tricks in the comments section!


  1. Wow! I need to do that too! All our stuff is upsatirs and it does get difficult to get up there. Good for you! I cleaned out my pantry and used mason jars to store lots of goodies like brown sugar, marshmallows, popcorn, beans, rice, etc. It makes a huge difference! I also pitch junk mail immediately and sort mail upon bringing it in the house. My boys love to carry the junk mail from our mailbox inside and to recycle it as a job! Good work!

  2. I am absolutely horrible about filing. When I cleaned out the office before Christmas I found stuff going as far back as July! I'm reading more and more about different organization for different temperaments and personalities. Hopefully the new stuff I'm trying will work.