First of all, it’s normal to accumulate a bunch of papers and look at your filing cabinet with dread. No one likes to file, but there are ways to avoid making it an awful task. 1. Shred
Go through your papers and shred like crazy. You don’t need to save last year’s electric bills, or a bunch of junk mail that’s accumulated.2. Recycle
Recycle your old magazines, junk mail and anything that doesn’t have your address on it from years past. Unless you need it for taxes, it needs to go.3. Paper Bags
Get all of your paper bags from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and get out a sharpie. Start sorting. Label one of your bags “Medical”, another “Mortgage” and so on. As you go through your papers, toss the ones you need to keep into the appropriate bag.4. File and Label
Now you can file with ease. You have all of your papers sorted, shredded and recycled. Filing should be a breeze. Label the file folders accordingly and put things away carefully and in some kind of sequential order. If you find something you are unsure about, set it aside and deal with it after you have sorted the major categories. Make an action file, for those papers, and bills that you need right away. Putting them in files may make them hard to find, if you need to deal with them soon.Now it’s time to celebrate! You have successfully done a very onerous task and you’ve done it well! Bravo!