How to Get Organized

Personal Finance April 11, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Never search again for an important household paper. Organize your record-keeping system to save time and effort. Start now, with today's papers. Forget the backlog of yesterday's unfiled stacks, at least for now.

File folder with label ABC Bank

If you receive a bank or credit union statement this week and don't yet have a file for storing your banking information, make one that's labeled with the name of the bank or credit union. If you have space on the label, include the type of account (checking, savings, money market, etc.) and the account number. For example: ABC Bank--Checking #12345. Place your most recent statement in this folder. Later, add others in order of the month that you receive them.

Once you get started, organizing the rest of your household papers won’t be so difficult.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.