I didn't make many New Year's resolutions, but when I saw that Martha Stewart had a new line of office supplies (ht Dawn) I thought I'd take another stab at managing my paperwork. It seems particularly sensible since already I'm being inundated with medical forms and lab bills that I'll need to have organized at tax time next year.
I didn't go overboard. I bought myself a little binder and some dividers. Three packages gave me a section for each month of the year, a section for each of my current children and a section for medical forms. I'll probably need to add more later, but for now it's enough. Behind each folder I have printed a blank monthly calendar to be filled in by hand as events come along.
I also had the idea to print out our favorite recipes for each given month. We tend to eat seasonally and certain recipes are made in certain months just out of tradition so this system also works. I'm taking a very casual approach and just printing the recipes as I go along right now. At the end of the year, it will be a nice collection that I can reference from year to year.
I hope to include a hit list for each month as well, certain activities or subjects on which to focus . A knitting/sewing schedule would be nice too. But I'm not hoping for perfection just yet. This binder is currently a nice receptacle for all the important papers that come into the house and if it stays only that, that's OK.
Note: The Martha stuff is obviously slightly more expensive and I really argued with myself before splurging but it's just the simple truth that if something is pretty I'm more likely to use it. Having our important papers organized is worth doing right - especially this year.