Today is the end of Week 5 in Melissa Taylor’s online study, using my book “I Used to Be So Organized.” And I discovered that my friend Melissa has been dreading this week because of my chapter on organizing a home office.
Melissa posted pictures of her desk at Proverbs 31 Ministries and I know she wants to get it organized. And I believe there are some tips in the book that will help her (like what to do with all those sticky notes she’s got encircling her)
But let me tell you something about Melissa. And many of you already know this. Melissa is one of those women who will set everything aside if you have a problem. She will stop what she is doing and pray with you. She will step in to help in a pinch. And she will do it all and make sure you know you are loved in the process.
So for the record, I couldn’t care less about Melissa’s messy desk, because Melissa shines so brightly that I never notice her desk when I’m in Charlotte.
But if it bothers her it bothers me. So I hope I can encourage her as she makes process.
Now for today’s “home” work assignment. It does have to do managing the office work at home. But I’m not talking about a home office. I realize not everyone has a designated office space. But every home has a business side to it. We all have manuals and contracts we need to file. Receipts we need to save for taxes. Bills we need to pay. And children’s art treasures we need to preserve. To name just a few things.
If we don’t approach this part of our lives with some professionalism, we’ll find ourselves with late fees, paying for a repair that was under warranty or spending more on taxes than we should. As good stewards of the money God has entrusted to us, we should be wise in how we manage the details of running a family and a home.
So this weekend, my assignment is to consider how you can bring order to one part of the business of running your home. Here are some suggestions:
Organize your bills. If you still get paper bills, identify one locations for them each month. Make a list of your monthly bills, whether by check or online. Then enter the date you need to pay that bill on a calendar. If you mail the bill, move the deadline up 5-6 days. I set a reminder on Outlook to keep track of those bills that are not on auto pay.
Put your appliance receipts and warranties in one place. This could be an accordion folder or a section in your filling cabinet. Keeping a master list of appliance warranties and their expiration dates, can help save you money.
Organize receipts. I put all my shopping receipts in an inexpensive plastic accordion holder organized by month. I do this to make sure I’m charged the correct amount on my bank statement or to make a return. I’ll keep them for one year, then shred them month by month.
Keep a health journal. Oh how I wish I had started this years ago. I would have created a journal with pages for each family member and then kept track of significant health issues. Then I would remember how many ear infections Robbie had, how long they lasted and what medicines didn’t work! I kept all health records, but I kept them by year, and that doesn’t help when you need to know when someone had surgery.
These are just a few ideas on how you can bring order to the office work in your home. If these don’t meet your needs, and you want some fresh ideas, spend time on organizing websites and look at their office products. That gives me lots of great ideas. Here are a few sites:
Remember, your assignment is not to completely organize all the paperwork in your home. Simply to choose one area you can make a difference this weekend. And I’d love to know what it is.
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Thanks for joining me today.
Grace & Peace,