Remember when I showed you the mountain of papers here? I shredded and burned the junk and filed everything else. I decided to move to a binder system as opposed to keeping it all in a file cabinet. I've been using this system for about a month and it is working out great. Here is the lowdown.
I put all the junk papers into one pile and the took time to separate the rest. Once I had an idea of what I truly needed to file, I decided on the binder categories.
Mine ended up being the following:
Banking - Finances: includes mortgage, loans, credit cards, retirement, accounts, etc.
Home - Auto- Medical: includes utilities, insurance medical receipts, blood work and prescriptions
TV - Video - Audio: includes everything related to home entertainment. This binder is packed, but now everything is in one place. No more searching for the remote manual for the TV.
Koi Pond: includes details on pond build, fish food supply, lighting and filtration, etc.
Pool - Spa: includes all the manuals and receipts associated. This came in handy when we had our lighting strike. I knew where everything was to submit to insurance.
Basement Manuals: includes laundry, furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel, water softener.
Kitchen Manuals: includes all the large and small appliance manuals as well as kitchen remodel information.
Personal: includes a place for me to keep notes and pictures on projects I am working on.
Recipes: I put all my tear sheets and hand written recipes in here. This was a project in itself and I'll share the whole binder later. It is a work in progress. Because I am keeping it real, you will notice I have a spelling mistake I have yet to fix!
Home Manuals and Manual overflow file- this includes misc. manuals like the vacuum cleaner, power tools, etc. Some of them are bulky so that is why I have the white magazine file as well.
I purchased all of my supplies at Staples and Kmart. I really like the Avery sleeves with tab dividers. They come in fun colors and have a pocket for storing the papers so I don't have to hole punch anything. I also used the Velcro file folders to keep things contained.
To make the binder sleeve tags, I used a template from the Avery site for the binder in my size. I used scrapbook paper and cut it to size once I printed the words in Typewriter font in a coordinating color.
I am debating if I want to add a front cover page to the binder to provide more detail to what is in the binder. It seems kind of redundant, but it would look pretty.