Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Organizing-File Cabinet

Yesterday was a down day for me.I woke with one of my headaches,and that had me down for the count for the day. Poor Zach,between me and my headache and Rick having a blah reaction to the med change,he didn't get to Scouts this week. Today I am feeling better,and am in the process of making Rick a gluten free Boston Cream Pie.Why they call this a pie when it's really a cake is one of those mysteries that I will have to look up,but it's his favorite,and what with his brain and body have been going through these last few weeks,he deserves a nice little treat made with much love :)

Friday night we got a knock on our door at 11:00 PM. One of our friends on the local police force stopped by to let us know that there was deer hit nearby. The Menfolk (and of course,Zach) went out to get the deer and gut it. Saturday morning,it was there,hanging in the tree. I didn't get a photo of it,because the Menfolk had taken the camera to Nephew Brody's ROTC promotion ceremony. Unfortunately,they only got two photos before the camera died,and they both came out blurry :(

Sunday I worked on the file cabinet.

As you can see, it's your basic file cabinet. I had to buy one because of all the paperwork we had for Rick.It was crazy. If any of have been in the military,you know that they are notorious for losing documentation,so it' s always beneficial to have several copies of everything,especially when you are in the throes of a med board. ( Rick is on temporary retirement for up to 5 years,which is the norm for soldiers with PTSD. He has to go for another evaluation in March).

I took out all the files and went through each and every one,and got rid of quite of few things. There are some things that I keep hearing different things about,such as account statements,tax returns,etc. How long do I keep these things? Who should I trust to guide me in the proper direction? None other than the Queen of Finance Herself,Suze Orman.If she says keep,I kept.If she said toss,I tossed. Here are a few of her guidelines:

Keep For One Year:
Paycheck stubs
Utility Bills ( unless using for home business -then retain for three years)
Cancelled checks( for tax purposes three years)
Bank Statements ( for tax purposes three years)

Three Years:
-Income tax returns

A more complete list can be found on her website,suzeorman.com

I also ran military things by Rick. There were quite a few things at this point we could toss,seeing as we have a printer and don't need to keep many copies of the same thing anymore. The whole project took me a few hours,and I got the cabinet down to mainly one drawer:

The bottom drawer stores manuals,warranties,computer paper,photo paper,etc.Part of the fun of organizing documents is creating hanging folders and sub folders for them. Thankfully,I did that a couple years ago. I have the dividers for Military,VA,Social Security,Home documents (mortgage,home insurance),Vehicles (titles,insurance),Zachary (report cards,certificates),Taxes,Personal Documents (birth certificates,divorce papers,immunization records,etc). I had to put all the paperwork in  specific piles,such as military,then each of those piles were separated into a sub category-National Guard,Active Duty,Orders,etc.This year, I combined a few subcategories.

Now we have a lovely pile of papers to use as fire starter in the wood stove:

Have a Fabulous Day on this Fabulous Planet!!!!


  1. Donna - you are doing my head in with all of this organizing - something that i have been trying to do for the past year! but i am getting closer to finding a place for everything and organizing! keep up the good work gurl!

    your friend,

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