It started out gradually so I kept all my paperwork in file folders. Then as it outgrew file folders I used those small plastic storage bins, but they accumulated quickly and it took up a lot of space.
I am an organizational FREAK, I'm not sure how I got the idea to do this, but I went to Target to find cute accordion style organizers (Target always has cute colors and designs, so obviously that was my first stop.) Instead of having 97 locations and files I decided to narrow it down 3. I saved SO much space and it's far more organized than it was before.
I use the small Pink Stripped accordion file for receipts from stores. I keep them for 6 months unless it's a big purchase (ie: a new cell phone) and then go through them to shred the stuff I don't need.
I love that it has a zipper pocket in the front!I couldn't find a large black accordion file at Target, but Walmart came through for me! I got these a few years ago, so Target might have cute ones (Hint: Pink). In the larger one I keep my Medical records, Tax Returns, Credit Card Statements, 401 Statements, Bank Statements and any warranty information (for my GPS, Cell Phone, Car, etc).
This is why I needed a larger file. It holds a LOT, but doesn't take up much room. You could have a file for each child and their Medical Records, Birth Certificates, Report Cards, etc.
I like taking advantage of space that can't be used for anything else. These files fit in right between my shoe organizer and bookshelf turned shoe/short organizer :)
You're judging, it's fine.
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