I’m a sloppy person by nature, but I really love to be clean and neat. I work hard at staying organized but sometimes my projects can really get out of hand. One thing I can’t stand is my desk overly messy and trying to find a note I made to myself, or trying to remembering if I did indeed pay a certain bill. I started using notebooks to help me out several years ago. One notebook stays on my desk and I jot down notes, phone conversation info I need to keep, my to do list, anything I would ordinarily write down on a sticky note or scrap paper goes into this note book. If I am on top of being organized, I will write the date at the top of a new page to help me out when I need to look for certain information. When I write something down that I know I will need again, I mark it with a colored sticky tab at the top to mark the place.
The second note book is strictly for anything related to finances. Bills that are paid, deposits made, things ordered online; money transactions after they are made only go into this notebook. This one includes the dates of the transactions, confirmation numbers and amounts of transcations. These two note books save me a lot of headaches and time looking for information I need to keep but I can’t remember where I put it. When the man of the house needs info, I tell him it’s in the notebook. I try to get him to use the notebooks too, and he does use the one for our finances, but he still writes some things on scrap paper and then you know what happens!
I keep these note books when they are filled and have years of them. It’s kinda fun to look at them from time to time and read all the notes about what was going on in our lives then. Sometimes looking through the old ones I find a note I jotted down for hubby to read when he returned home to find me gone. Those were before texting days! Or a note I wrote to him when I was on the phone and needed to tell him something but couldn’t because I was on the phone. A chore list for the kids, a note about an important family event. It's almost as good as a journal.
What do you do to keep your important info at the ready, organized and your desk clean?
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