As I enter into adulthood one thing has become very clear to me: life is full of paperwork. Up until my graduation day, my parents held on to important documents like my birth certificate and social security papers. My parents also financially supported me throughout college which left things like leasing agreements and utility bills in their hands. Even paperwork that I was responsible for, like my bank account statements and student loan papers were sent to my parent’s address. Don’t get me wrong, my mom and dad prepared me well for the world outside of school, but I still felt overwhelmed when I was suddenly the one responsible for, well, myself- not to mention 21-years worth of paperwork I had no idea what to do with. I needed a system, badly! Whether you’re just starting out like me, or have a hubby and kids, our printable labels are a fun way to help you organize your most vital documents. Our 9 main labels cover broad categories like debt, health and taxes. Each category has several subcategories, which are marked with a corresponding icon.
It’s up to you whether you want to use a file drawer, file box, or accordion file system like I did. You’ll also need a few packs of multi-colored file folders (the colors will help you keep organized) and a sheet of file folder labels to print on. I chose to use some items from Martha Stewart’s new office supply line, which is available at Staples. 1 accordion file system