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Organize Your Home Financial Department

One of the easiest and most commonly overlooked ways to improve your financial state is to simply organize it. Having something where it should be so that you may find it when you need it is fast, easy, and usually easier on the eyes in your home office!

Experts say that home finances can be broken down into three main categories: bills due, important documents to keep, and trash/shred items. From those three main categories, you are able to break one into subcategories. Important documents to keep can be the one that often becomes tricky and messy.

A good suggestion for keeping this file organized is to invest in a small filing cabinet. If a filing cabinet is not a choice for budget or space reasons, consider either a pendoflex or rubber/plastic filing system. These can usually be purchased at a local superstore or office supply store for as little as seven dollars. You will want to make sure that there is a significant amount of files inside. While you may only need ten or less now, that number will probably change in the future. And example of sub-file categories might include documents like tax returns, mortgage documents, warranties for home items (which can also again be subcategorized by room), retirement documentation, investment statements, and insurance policies.

A simple process for each document that comes your way would follow this process:

Is this documents a bill to pay, important document to file, or should it be discarded/shredded? If it is to be filed as an important document it could be categorized as monthly documents (to include bills paid, automobile payments, monthly insurance, monthly investments, etc.), yearly documents (tax returns), and warranty/product information. Other classifications could include education, organizations/clubs/activities, or religious documents.

Each and every home should have a basic organizational structure for their finances, yet still be custom designed to the individual. The point of this organization is to keep you on track of what is where. This will also aid in research for the future. You may want to sum up all of you spending in a certain area for last year. In the unlucky even that you are ever audited by the Internal Revenue Service, the inspector will be impressed that you maintain such an organized financial department. Setting up a solid financial organization can also ease the process for your heirs after you are gone. This creates less of a burden on them and makes the overall process simpler and easier.