Business Records Tidiness Scale

What’s your filing style?

Follow the Paper Trail
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A dark hobbit hole where a paper tornado tore through




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Receipts in a pile on the desk, unopened bank statements lying around and coffee spilled on the checkbook




Desk Experiment 001
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Receipts in a box along with the bank statements and everything else




Clean Desk
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Receipts in a file or folders by month, bank statements with them, important papers in a file




Mounting bills Project 365(2) Day 142
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Receipts in files, bank statements reconciled and in a separate file, other papers in their own files




To-do and the filing cabinet
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Same as above only the files are in order




The old filing cabinets.  All gone now
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Gleaming file cabinets with every paper scrap alphabetized and cross referenced

Where are you? Tell me in the comments where you fall on this scale and, don’t worry, there isn’t any “right” answer. The only thing that matters is if it’s working, so let’s hear about it!

6 thoughts on “Business Records Tidiness Scale”

  1. Im really smug to report being nearest to the second from the bottom pic. However, that’s if you take it from before December. JAn and Feb look more like pic number 1. hmmmm. Need to sort it out.

    1. Helen, love that comment!

      We’ll go with the first report! Thanks for taking the time to tell and good luck on the sorting 🙂

  2. Somewhere between 3 and 4-
    Receipts in a folder, important papers in stacked folders, recent papers in a pile. It works… but I would like to get a filing cabinet and make it tidier!

    1. You should be proud of your filing system – it works and I’ll bet you can find what you need when you need it. Of course, there’s always room for improvement 🙂

      I’m actually in about the same stage myself 🙂

      PS I checked out your site and blog – LOVE your block prints and especially that self portrait you have on your site. I want one like that 🙂

    1. Hey Shanna – you’re doing great from the sound of it. I think anything above the second level is manageable and sustainable 🙂

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