Organizing Your Life In 5 Easy Steps – Day 3 Of A Five Day Tutorialon January 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Hello & happy Monday everyone! Hopefully everyone is feeling a little less stressed after Step 2 of organizing your life (Bill Pay & Finance Calendar). Now let’s continue! It’s on to Step 3!
STEP 3: BILL PAY STATION
If you’re REALLY looking to get your life organized, you can’t afford to miss this step! This is my home Bill Pay Station. Simply put, it is a basic desk organizer that holds everything you need to pay your bills. After sorting through all of your mail and opening all of your bills from Step 1 and setting up your Bill Pay Calendar from Step 2, this is where you’d go next.
Whether you pay your bills every week, bi-weekly, or bi-monthly like we do, this is a special DESIGNATED AREA where you will come to pay your bills. The best spot for this station is RIGHT next to your Bill Pay Calendar from Step 2.
Making a designated area for this task (paying bills) creates organization in your home. It creates repetition which makes it easier and in turn, much less stressful! Paying bills is now a breeze for me! I take about 20 minutes twice a month (we get paid bi-monthly) and it’s done! No stress and a happy hubby home life!
Here’s what your Bill Pay Station should have:
- Return Address Labels
- Postage Stamps
- Check Book
- Check Register
- Internet Password Keeper (for all of your online bills)
- And 3 Files
- NEED TO PAY: These are bills and/or anything else that needs to be paid (duh!)
- NEED TO FILE: These are any bills that have already been paid, any medical records that needs to be filed, special receipts that need to be filed, etc
- NEED TO HOLD ON TO: This anything from hotel registration information for an upcoming trip, printed tickets for an upcoming concert or a receipt/claim ticket that you will need in the future.
Having a stapler and paperclips nearby is a great idea too!
And now we’re halfway there! Three steps down, two to go! As a quick recap, so far you should have the following in place:
- Your Mail Station
- Your Receipt Station
- Your Bill Pay Calendar
- Your Bill Pay Station
I hope the stress is slowly melting away! So get your Bill Pay Stations in line and join me next Monday for Step 4 of Organizing Your Life in 5 Easy Steps! Step 4 is by far the single most important system EVERY person should have in place in their home. Don’t miss it!
<3 Lulubell Elaine
If you missed the first 2 steps, you can find them here:
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