Monday, March 12th, 2012
I’m participating in 52 weeks to an Organized Home at Home Storage Solutions 101. Check it out for tips on organizing every area of your home.
Week 9 – Organize Contact Information: This is something that I did as I was sending thank you’s out after the wedding, so not much to report here.
Week 10 – Organize Mail: When our mail comes in, my husband sets it on the corner of the kitchen counter, above the trash and I sort through it and throw out any junk mail or things we don’t need. I go through the store fliers to see if any of the things we normally use are on sale and gather up the coupons that I might use. To be honest, after that, the remaining mail sits on the corner of the counter for a few days before I take care of it. So this is something I will have to continue to work on.
Week 11 – Organize Bills: This is another one that I have pretty well under control. We pay all our bills online, and most of the statements come through the email. I have an excel spreadsheet that lists all our monthly expenses in the approximate order that they are due. This not only helps me to budget, but also keep track of what bills need to be paid, when and which ones are already taken care of. In one column I have the due dates (some bills are due on the same day every month and some are approximate). In the next column, I have the bill name. Then, the budgeted amount is last. The budgeted amount is either the set amount (for bills that don’t change like internet, phone, rent, etc.) or rounded up from the highest monthly statement we’ve had (for fluctuating bills like gas, electric, etc.) Knowing that I have the max amount budgeted means that I don’t have to worry about not having quite enough, and when there is extra, it can be added to the saving account.
I sit down to pay the bills and go over statements once a week, usually on payday or the day after. As I pay the bills, I put an “x” in the column after the budgeted amount so I know what I’ve already paid. At the beginning of each month I delete the x’s from the previous month and start clean. I also receive email confirmation when I’ve paid any bills and those emails are stores in a folder in my email.
Hopefully after this week, I’ll be more on top of my organization posts – and any posts for that matter