First, one of my big goals was to clean our my closet. This goal is basically completed. During the summer, I took everything out of my closet and spent a weekend trying everything on (except for clothes that were current - meaning I had worn them in the past few months). It was an exhausting project, but I estimate that I got rid of 50% of my clothes/shoes/purses. I got rid of clothes from high school and college, I got rid of clothes that no longer fit, that were not in style, that were poor quality, etc. I even got rid of clothes that still had tags on them, meaning I never wore that particular piece.
When I was done, I had two huge trash bags of clothes for Goodwill and another huge bag of purses and shoes that went to Goodwill. I also had a huge trash bag of business attire which I still have as I'm trying to find a place to donate business clothes. However, if I don't locate a proper charitable organization for my business clothes, I will drop this bag off at Goodwill as well. In order to complete this goal I need to drop off this last bag.
Mr. Sam also took all the racking out of my closet, painted and we put new, and better designed, racking back in. I organized the remaining clothes into color, type, style (business or casual), and put it neatly back into my closet. I still have too many shoes, but overall the closet project has held up well.
Second, my other big goal was to get our office organized. This goal is 75% completed. I pulled a ton of paperwork out of three file drawers (I still have one left to do) and went through all of it. I shredded hundreds of documents that were old and no longer needed. I also implemented a new system for our filing. Mr. Sam and I each have different color folders for our personal filing, we also have different color folders for each property and a different color folder for the dog too. I also purchased a new two drawer file cabinet, as our filing was completely overstuffed in the original space, to keep all filing related to our real estate.
I still have one file drawer to go through and I can't pretend I'm doing a good job at keeping up with day to day filing. I'm trying to figure out a system that works for me, as I'm a fan of systems, to keep up with the filing. I need to do 5 minutes a day or I need to do an hour a week or two hours a month or something. At present, I have six months of filing waiting to be filed.
How do you keep your papers organized and how do you keep up with the inflow?