How to Create a Home Filing System

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Do you feel like you’re constantly searching for important papers that seem to have gone missing? Never fear, busy moms! Creating a home filing system can help you organize your paperwork and keep it all in one place. Here’s how to create a home filing system that works for you!

How to create a home filing system

Choose a system that works for you

To help keep your home organized, start with a filing system for your important docuemnts.

You can either go with a physical filing system using file folders and labels, or you can create a digital system using a home computer or laptop.

You can use a digital service like Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive or Dropbox.

If you choose to go the digital route, be sure to back up your files regularly!

Gather your materials. If you’re going with a physical home filing system, you’ll need a filing cabinet, hanging or non-hanging file folders, and a way to label your folders.

There are tons of options of files and labels to buy online to customize your system to match your style and home.

Label each file folder with a category (e.g., bills, taxes, receipts, etc.)

Label each folder and file your papers accordingly. Make sure the naming you use is organized so that you don’t lose track of what is inside. Also, each label should be specific enough that you won’t be confused of which folder each file should be stored in.

If you want to go the digital route, create folders on your computer for each category of paperwork. You can also scan and save important papers electronically so you have a backup in case they get lost or damaged.

Make it a habit to file regularly

The key to keeping your home filing system organized is to make it a habit to file your papers regularly. That way, you won’t have a huge pile of paperwork to sort through every few months.

If you have a physical home filing system, set aside some time each week or once a month to file away any new papers that have come in. If you’re using a digital home filing system, make

Create sub-folders within each category (e.g., credit card statements, mortgage statements, utility bills, etc.)

This is a more optional step, and probably more helpful if going the digital route. Sub-folders will help organize your digital folders so that you don’t end up with dozens or even hundreds of file inside of each folder.

Use different colors of folders to help you visually organize your files

You can use different colors of folders or labels to help you quickly find the file you’re looking for. For example, you might want to use green for financial documents, blue for medical documents, and red for personal documents.

Update your system as needed – add new folders or delete old ones

Your home filing system should be flexible and adaptable to your changing needs. As your life changes, so should your home filing system. Add new folders for new categories of papers, and delete old folders when you no longer need them.

I like to keep my filing cabinet in my office, near my home command center. That way, everything is together and easily reachable when I need it.

Create your home filing system today!

It’s up to you how simple or complex you want your home filing system to be. The most important thing is to customize the filing system to work for you and your family. This way, not only will the filing system be super helpful, but you are also more likely to continue to maintain your files for the long term.

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