Monday, August 6, 2012

Pretty Organization: Papers & Files

One of the not so glamorous parts of life is the large amounts of paperwork and bills we must keep track of.  From paycheck stubs, to receipts, to important travel documents, there's a lot that can get lost in an endless mess of papers.  As a self-proclaimed organization freak, I think I would lose my mind if I didn't find an easy (and pretty!) way to keep all my important documents organized.  Here's my solution:


I use a simple file holder and an array of pretty files to organize my documents.  My files are organized by the subjects I must keep track of.  Some are personal to me (i.e. Compassion has all the paperwork for the child I sponsor in Compassion International, Decor Inspiration holds magazine clippings and decor ideas, Art Institute holds all my school paperwork, etc.).  The other files are pretty applicable to us all- bill reference, receipts, car insurance, travel (holds my shot record and passport, as well as any info for upcoming trips), etc.






I make it a habit to look through the files every few months and weed out any paperwork that is no longer necessary and can be thrown away or shredded.  I also like to keep the files that I reference the most in the front of the file holder for easy access.



Note: My file folders in the pictures above are designed by Amy Butler.  She has lovely desk accessories, but unfortunately none of her file folders are currently in stock!

How do you like to keep your paperwork organized? 

24 comments:

  1. LOVE this post! I'm currently struggling with organizing paperwork. It's just everywhere. I have fun Missoni file folders but just needed some inspiration. (Adore how you mixed and matched folder patterns.) Perhaps a project for this week!
    I think the key (as you pointed out) is to sort thru the folders every few months so things don't get out of control.
    Meredith
    www.thelovelyowl.com

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  2. I use file folders as well. I have 4 huge drawers for filing purposes. Thank goodness! And will always plan to have filing storage wherever I go because I cannot live without my files! and every year near Christmas and go through them and through out what is older than 5 years....so yes I have records for the last 5 years!

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  3. I need to get the chevron file organizer! Thanks for the inspiring post!

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  4. you are so darling. i love that you sponsor a child. so nice to keep us grounded during the tidal wave of obsessions, wants and materials in this world. youre a good person, sam penner :)

    also love your style files! i like paper source and see jane work for all office/organizing stuff, but i rarely actually IMPLEMENT it :)

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  5. I clearly need to take this organization seriously. So impressed!

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  6. I love that you can make even the mundane cute! Right now, all my files are just plain old manilla, but that chevron box has totally caught my eye!:)

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  7. Love your system... especially all of the cute folders that you keep everything in. I might just have to try this to keep everything in one place!

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  8. I can't believe that chevron file folder is from TARGET... so so cute! I want this. Love this post about organizing... I'm an organizing freak so I'm glad someone else likes to keep things neat too :)

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  9. Oh my gosh! These would totally motivate me to organize. Your file folders are so pretty!!! Love all your picks! Xoxo

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  10. Love these organizing tips and picks!!

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  11. This is so pretty! Your patterned file folders are so gorgeous. I need to steal this idea. Maybe organization can be fun ;)

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  12. Love anyway to make my desk more pretty! Super cute.

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  13. you don't even want to know what my office looks like.... filing these pics of yours under my inspiration file to get my butt moving to get it looking pretty!!!!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com/

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  14. Perfect and fancy touch to organization. I LOVE!

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  15. Love this post! I'm a freak about organizing too but sadly I have neglected paperwork lately. You are inspiring me to get some cute folders!!

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  16. This is great inspiration for me, I'm *terrible with organizing bills/paperwork/etc! Maybe I would be more inclined to do it with cute folders??? (c:

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  17. I'm in the process of getting re-organized so this came at the perfect time. Must make a trip to Target soon!

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  18. I was just making the comment that I needed to get more organized in my life...such chic files!!

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  19. Office supplies make me happy -- I love back-to-school shopping!!! Nothing like getting the desk organized :)

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  20. I love chic file folders - Target has had some great ones (quatrefoil, greek key), but I have definitely been trying to go more and more paperless. I sponsor two Compassion children and I'm crazy about the option to email my letters! ;-)

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  21. The target chevron file holder is so gorgeous! I hate filing papers but find it that if I have nice files it makes it less daunting ;)

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