The annual filing that wasn’t…

For the last couple of years I’ve kept track of the times I do filing.

2012 annual filing

2013 annual filing

2014 annual filing

Then I had it on my weekend list for a few weeks but I wasn’t feeling it, until I did.

And then I realised I’d set a new record – 2 years and 3 months til the last time I did filing, which was the week I started my new (then) job in 2014.

I’m actually quite impressed because this means I’m not keeping very much if it all still fit into the little suitcase under my desk πŸ˜‰

And it still only took an hour, and that was with me tossing much of what was in the file, getting the documents ready for this file and instagramming the whole thing πŸ™‚

And now it’s all sorted til December 2017 (or 2018 :))

Are you up to date with your filing? If you keep your papers in chronological order, you could just toss all the old stuff… just a thought πŸ˜‰ Otherwise, let this be inspiration for your weekend organising project.

{Organising} My annual filing

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It seems it’s become a regular occurrence around here that I only do my filing once a year. It was never a “thing” because my personal policy was to do the filing when it started annoying me, and then it seemed it annoyed me about once a year.

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Aren’t you glad I started a new piece of card?

 

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

This is what I started with – about 8 cm of paper

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Use post-it notes for your piles of paper as you start sorting

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

I very nearly ran out of space

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Closer view of the piles…

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2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

it never hurts to have something nice to look at πŸ™‚ (a collage I created with iphone photos from when I worked in the CBD)

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this was the pile of papers to be filed – really nothing much…

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

all of this got tossed – of course, this is my favourite part of “filing”

2014 Annual Filing | www.OrganisingQueen.com

glorious – paper for the bin! (yes, I shredded it)

The key is don’tΒ think you need to file everything, but to ask yourself, what will I not be able to find quicker than looking in a file.

E.g. Proof of payments…. it is quicker for me to log onto my internet banking, click on payments, the beneficiary’s name and check the dates than to haul out the file and look for the piece of paper, or if it happened before I’ve done my filing, to look through a pile of paper to find said receipt.

So I don’t keep it.

Or what will be a huge hassle to get if I can’t find it?

I probably shouldn’t admit this but my computer autoarchived my tax return and I needed a copy. I hadn’t printed it out at the time but a quick email to my tax guy, and I had a new emailed copy (which I since saved in My Documents) within the hour.

Which means… I don’t have to file it.

Happy days! πŸ™‚

Again and again I learnt that it always feels like it’s going to be much worse than it is, but never ever takes longer than an hour to sort out.And that was with me taking pictures as I worked πŸ™‚

When was the last time you did your filing?

Do you need to do your monthly or annual filing this weekend?

Marcia’s annual filing

So, friends, I have a confession – I haven’t done filing in over a year!

Granted, I don’t like to do my filing more frequently than every 6 months, but this is really bad.

my stack of filing – 1 year 2.5 months

 

this is the exact same piece of paper I’ve been using since 2011!

 

I’m posting these photos as motivation so I can actually tackle that pile and do it this weekend πŸ™‚

What’s on your list for the weekend?

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