Some of the most difficult and annoying papers for me to keep organized are the ones that I need to “keep out.” You know the ones I mean. The ones that can’t be tucked away neatly in a filing cabinet because you:
- Might forget about them.
- Need to use them often so filing them away wouldn’t be practical.
- Need to keep them for just a short amount of time, and then you can toss them, so they don’t really need a permanent home in your filing cabinet.
These are the papers that used to end up in piles around my house; tiny stacks that I would move around from surface to surface, hoping to find a practical home for them.
Here’s the stuff I’m talking about:
- Gift Cards
It may not seem like a lot, but this stuff can pile up, and quickly. So, after moving my little piles around and around and around, I finally came up with a solution. Drumroll please….an accordion folder. Ta da!
Are you excited? If not, maybe I need to explain a little more all the great things about the accordion folder, you know, just to help you get into it. Ok, here they are:
1. It’s portable. I can toss the folder in my car when I am running errands. This way, I always have all my coupons, gift cards, etc. with me. How annoying is it to get to a store and realize that you left your 20% off coupon at home?
2. Everything is in one place. No more searching…
3. It’s easy to keep organized. Since it’s out and I use it everyday, I am reminded to go through it every now and then to clear out expired coupons, toss receipts I no longer need to keep, and throw away invites to parties that have already happened.
4. It’s a family thing. Meaning, Mike files all his receipts in here too and knows where to look if he needs anything.
You’re dying for a closer look, aren’t you? Well ok, here you go…
The coupon sections are for stores I frequent along with a miscellaneous section.
- Baby Stores/Baby Products
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Misc. Coupons
The additional sections are for:
- Current Invites
- Gift Cards
I’m sort of a stickler about RSVP-ing to events, since it’s a huge pet peeve of mine when people don’t respond to an invite. When I get an invitation in the mail, after checking my calendar and then double-checking with Mike that I haven’t forgotten about some other commitment, I respond. Then I write on the invite the date I responded and how (i.e. via email, phone, etc.), put the event on my calendar, and then into the Current Invites section it goes. You’re starting to get a tiny bit more excited about this little folder, aren’t you?
These little files are available at any office store and come in many sizes, depending on your filing needs. I think I got mine at my local drug store. They are relatively cheap, maybe $10-$15 dollars, which, considering how much use I get out of my little guy, I’d say is a steal.
So, do you have the little pile problem I had? Do you think this system would work for you?