I don't feel like I have much to contribute any more, but yesterday I had a ''moment'' that was much easier than I'd anticipated and I thought I'd tell you about it.
While cleaning up around my house, I found some little items I wanted to return, however the receipt was not with it. I looked in seven different places, before I realized I should look in my receipt file and GUESS WHAT?!! It was there, filed in July...which is when I made my purchase! I can make my return now without a hassle and get my money back, instead of adding some useless clutter to my life I then have to make a decision about what to do with. (Yes, the basic part of me wants to be organized, and the other part doesn't realize when I am!) The best part? Once I quit looking for something that wasn't where it used to be, and looked for it where it ''should'' be, I found it in under two minutes.
What I did was buy a hanging file box, with a lid and enough space to hold 12 hanging folders. It lives right by the garage door where I come in with purchases, or go out every day. I labeled the index tabs with the names of each month. Every receipt that comes into the house goes into the front of the file folder for that month. (When a new month starts, the old one goes to the back of the file so the current month is always in front.) I bought two different colors, so while the current month is one color, the next one/last one is the opposite color and won't be confused. This keeps a year's worth of receipts on hand, and when the next month rolls around, it feels perfectly right to let those receipts go. It's also a final review for receipts that may need to be filed with warranty information (if it wasn't originally).
I know it seems simple, but I didn't have anything in place before this that worked very well. This system however, works Very Well! I cannot tell you how many times we've needed to find a receipt and Bingo! There it is...and so easy too! Not only has it made my life easier, my husband has Thanked Me several times for putting it into place. It's so nice when a good idea works for everyone in the household.
Forgive me if I've told you about it before. I thought it was worth mentioning because it's still working for me!