|When I was a teenager, I would often go to work with my father and help with filing and such in his accounting office. Over the years I picked up several tips which I later implemented in my own adult life. The Tickler File is one such tool which I still use to make sure I stay on top of my bills and other important "dated" material. We also use it here in our momready offices.
This easy-to-create system will keep you organized and help you avoid those dreaded late fees and the frantic search for those papers you know you put "somewhere around here".
When you are done you'll have a folder for each day of the month. If you pay your bills on the 15th of each month, for example, then each day when you open your mail, place the bills to be paid in the folder for the 15th. If you need to leave a check for a delivery on the 5th, just a place a reminder note to yourself in the file for the day before.
Use the Tickler not only for bill, but also to help organize the rest of your busy life. Put a reminder note on the day before you are soccer snack mom, or how about placing that wedding invitation in the folder dated a few days before the RSVP is due. You can also use it to remind yourself to buy birthday presents, fill out school permission slips, sign up for classes, return library books, etc.
Once you introduce this handy organizing tool into your daily routine, you'll be tickled pink by the results.
31 letter or legal size file folders
File box (or hanging folders in a file drawer)
Label each file folder 1-31. You can either write the number in pen directly on the file or use labels. Make sure to stagger the tabs so you can see the numbers easily.
Put in file box or drawer. You're all ready to organize.