Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance; A Daybook of Comfort and Joy says that January is the perfect time to go through your personal papers at home and organise your desk to get a fresh start on the new year. Discard as much as you can. Hang your new calendars. Try to make your personal space at home where you do your paperwork as inviting as possible.
Kim Carruthers in her book Less Is More; How To De-clutter Your Life gives step by step instructions on how to stop your paperwork problem getting worse in the future and what to do with the backlog.
- Get a “No Junk Mail” sign or sticker for your letter box
- Get a lock for the mailbox so you can stop emptying it every time you go past and switch to getting it when you are ready to deal with it.
- Switch your bills to automatic payment/direct debit and email statements
- Buy a shredder (put waste in the compost bin)
- Go through all bills, spend 15 minutes learning how to pay a bill using your smartphone if you have one. If you don’t, put any remaining bills on automatic payment.pay them.
- Collect up all reminders to attend something, such as dentil appointments, wedding invitations etc., Make calls to schedule any appointments, write information in your diary and schedule buying any necessary gifts.
- Go through all your insurance documents and shred all polices except the newest (in future shred old policies when the new ones arrive)
- Attach all receipt of warranty to instruction manual if it has one, circle date on warranty and only keep for 1 year per $100 cost up to max of three years then shred.
- Stay on top of health claims. Get a copy of the forms you need to regularly submit, fill in your standard details like name, account number, bank deposit details and photocopy a dozen copies. pop each copy except the master in a stamped addressed envelop and every time you go to the doctors take one with you, finish form attach receipts and post on your way home.
Dawna Walter in her book New Leaf, New Life; How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Your Life, says that when you are working from home you still need the office essentials to work successfully. Here is her top 10 list of essential items for every home office to get you through your working day.
- Telephone (mobile smartphone)
- Comfortable Chair & preferably desk
- Good lighting
- Supply of fine tip black pens & sharp pencils
- Flowering plant