Keeping your paperwork organized has obvious benefits. After all, who wants to look at unruly stacks of bills that could instead be stored neatly out of sight?
But having a place for everything isn't just about aesthetics. Being disorganized can create extra work and subject you to late fees. The following strategies will help you bring order to your receipts, bills, and statements.
Leaving things scattered around the house is a surefire way to lose them, which is the reason financial experts recommend creating a command center. Ideally, this area -- whether a desk or another dedicated work space -- should encompass an ample surface, a computer, in-boxes for unpaid bills, files for long-term storage, a paper shredder, and office supplies. Other essentials include a comfortable chair and an appealing setting, because if you don't want to sit there, chances are you won't want to work there.
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