Harmony wrote:Really, I think the trick is to just put in the time. We don't like spending time on papers, seems so unproductive. But spend an hour looking for a paper or a piece of information and that might change your mind.
Putting in time is the key. And you can spend time making up systems and rearranging the mess, or you can just do it and the work is done. But I keep thinking a better system will help me do it.
As for finding things, I don't have to keep as much as you do, so I actually am great at finding things. Since things are piled all over the living and dining rooms, every time I have to do a stash and dash and drop my rolltop desk cover, I go through the papers when I empty off my desk (since my computer keyboard is literally under the papers.) So I do touch and see the papers over and over and know where things are.
For the business, I wrote cheques for under $100K last year but then handled probably 300 individual transactions on the credit card and direct payment from the bank account, for a total of 150 or so through the general journal. My biggest issue is that I need to track email receipts from dh, some the info is in the body of the email, some is an attachment. I used to print off everything but now I rename the email with the receipt number I've assigned that transaction and file carefully in my computer. My personal email is a mess but once a year (when I do the year-end accounting) my business email is pristine.