I know I’ve touched on this subject in the past, when I wrote about how to organize paper clutter, but today I thought I’d dig a little deeper and give you a peek into my filing cabinet to show you how to organize bills and get rid of some of the excess paper clutter. Are you ready?
In this digital age I’m one of the weird ones that still likes to get a paper bill in the mail. There’s something about holding it my hand that reminds me to actually pay it. I can put it on my desk and it doesn’t disappear but if it’s a bill that gets emailed to me, it just gets buried in my inbox and I forget all about it. Is it just me, or are you like that too?
Filing our bills used to stress me out because over the years it accumulated into a lot of paper clutter. I used to organize our bills by each individual provider, meaning I had a file for Pacific Gas & Electric, City Electric, Pest Control, etc. It was a lot of files and when I finally remembered to clean them out, every few years, there were a lot of papers in each file!
Here’s how I organize them now – I have 6 folders, one for every two months – Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec. Here’s what they look like.
Pretty, aren’t they? I just love me some bright colored, organized file folders! Now when I get our bills I place them in the folder for that month, and when that month comes around each year, I remove the bills that are in there and shred them.
Organizing our bills this way has significantly reduced our paper clutter and it has made it easier for me to find a bill when I need it.
How do you organize your bills? Do you have a good system that keeps your paper clutter down? Or are you a digital bill person? I’d love to hear what works for you! To learn how to organize taxes while hanging onto them for 7 years, click HERE.