How to keep the paper work?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
August 17, 2012 12:58pm CST
For myself I keep a lot of things for taxes, since I dont have benefits, I can claim most health related medication, parking fees, appointment that arnt covered by OHIP, dentist, glasses, and so on. We have a drawer, and I have my envelope of papers. Maybe, because I get a prescription most months, glasses each year or at least lenses, and dentist once a year, plus everything else I claim my envelope is stuffed. My friend told me she has a regulr business envelope, and she has only about 3 papers her t4's, whereas by tax time, I have about a handful of large envelopes stuffed full. I want to try to be more organized with it, since I have to sit down and sort through it all, each year cursing and swearing the entire time.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
17 Aug 12
I ended up having to buy an appointment planner which I keep on my desk in sight at all times. I bought several folders.. Folding file folders work good too, as do pencil bags (for those once in a while receipts for larger purchases...). Everything that gets frequently accessed is kept readily available in/near the desk. Stuff like kids' old report cards and last year's taxes are put into a sturdy filing box in the closet. Good luck!
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17 Aug 12
This can be really crazy sorting so many paper work out. Firstly, you may decide what are the most important paper or documents that you need to get by readily. Get some nice paper files or cover files and write each type of file or document that you want to keep in it on the cover page. This will help you get your things more organised.
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@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
20 Aug 12
There are some really cool accordian files that you can get that are made of out plastic and they hold up really well and I've found that they are a great way to store tax paperwork. I really like the fact that you are able to put tabs in the little dividers and you are able to organize all of the different paperwork that you have so that each thing is all together. You can keep all of your medical papers together, your employment paperwork together, etc.
@ARIES1973 (9498)
• Legaspi, Philippines
18 Aug 12
Personally, I have four different portfolios for my family's records. Every time we have a new document, I would just put it on the portfolio assigned and I would just arrange it if I have time. This way, even if I am not at home and they would have to use their records, they would just look for it at their own portfolio.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
17 Aug 12
I got this organizer years ago, it's an accordion organizer. I got it at walmart and it helps me keep up with important documents. I have a lot of stuff stuffed in there too. it came with tabs so you can write on the tabs, put them in the slots and voila easy to find stuff!
@GardenGerty (92390)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Aug 12
You may want to get a small accordion file that is the size of #10 envelopes, or you may want to get a larger file folder size accordion file. Either one usually has twelve pockets or thirteen. One for each month and one extra for miscellaneous.