Organizing paper, as I have said before, is one of the toughest parts of the job of getting organized! I believe that organizing your health care papers is URGENT! If you haven't done so yet, get a couple hours on your calendar for this week in order to get that project going.
I handle the health insurance paperwork for both my husband and myself. I found the easiest way to do it is to have a health folder, a Dental folder, a records folder and prescription folder for each of us. In addition, we each have an Flexible Spending Account for healthcare, so I have a folder for each of those as well, even tho we can both use one anothers FSA funds.
In the health folder I keep the bills and the explanation of benefits stapled to each other as well as a notation on the bill of the amount balance paid by me, what credit card I used and date. In the dental folder is everything to do with any dental procedures--again stapled together and notated as above. Just as in all folders, I have the oldest in the back and the most recent in the front. I'm very lucky that about all that is in my dental folder are just checkups. Not the case for my husband!
In the records folder I keep things like our lab results, test results, injections etc. so that those can be referred to later. In the prescription folder obviously I keep the paperwork for each prescription filled during the calendar year. Finally the FSA folder holds anything with our flexible spending account. Several times a year I'll check on our balance in each of the accounts and make a notation so that I know how much is left in each account as I don't want to leave any unused funds which we would forfeit. I also update every year by getting rid of anything in the folders from the previous calendar year that I know I will no longer need. For example in the records folder I keep only the most current sheets of lab records. For bills that have been closed out I discard those by shredding them. It's not too overwhelming job when you keep up with that regularly. Give it a try and see if you agree.
"Organizing healthcare information is a daunting task, but it is not an impossible task. We've had people walk on the moon. This is a lot more doable."
Psychologytoday.com noted a number of reasons why clutter is bad for us.
--It overstimulates our system, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.
--It draws our attention away from what our focus should be on.
--It makes it more difficult to relax both physically and mentally.
--We are constantly reminded in our brains that we still have a huge to-do list.
--It causes feelings of guilt and embarrassment, particularly when someone drops by unexpected.
--It frustrates us by making it hard to find anything we need.
I don't think you need any more reasons than this. Choose an area in your home and start your decluttering process. Refer to past posts if you're not sure how to begin. Go on, you can do it!
Here are some great pieces about clutter from Psychologytoday.com
Aside from the obvious fact that decluttering reduces the risk of falls, there are many other reasons to declutter.
It allows space for new memories to be made.
It frees you of things that are in the way and consuming thought unnecessarily.
It frees your mind of excess concerns.
The less clutter, the less time you spend with it--leaving time instead for fun!
The sense of calm--which is my favorite.
I love when I read something by another Pro Organizer that agrees with the guidance I regularly offer my clients. I just read Declutter 101 at the Organized Home website and indeed we are on the same page.
1. Like I have said several times, look initially for a small success. Clear a counter, redo your junk drawer in the kitchen or purge thru one shelf of books, getting rid of any you have read which you won't reread and pass along or donate those. Then step back and look at that success!
2. Keep working gradually over time. Don't quit after one or two sessions. With time there will be huge progress, but enjoy the small progress in the interim.
3. Schedule declutter times. Get out your calendar now and note several one hour periods in the next week where you can devote that time to decluttering.
Give it a try. You'll see some great success!
See the full piece at http://organizedhome.com/cut-clutter/declutter-101-where-do-I-start
If you find yourself with a small amount of time, take on a small organizing project. The pile on the steps, next to your bed, or on the kitchen counter can many times be sorted through in 15 minutes or less. Give it a try and discover the calm that comes with more organized surroundings. Maybe you have some items in your craft room that need attention. Ribbon maybe?
"Give yourself access to the things you use and love by getting rid of
the stuff you don't."
- From Organizing from the Inside Out
BOOKS (Gently used only please) needed for K-5 students in need. Especially seeking grade 4 and 5 chapter books (Babysitter Club, Goosebumps, Magic Tree House, etc) Any you have you can send by using a prepaid label (printed at http://www.zappos.com/zapposforgood/give and scroll down to BOOKS) and then dropped off at any UPS store! And, think of all that extra space on your bookshelves! YEA!
Clutter is anything that doesn't serve a purpose nor brings you great joy.
Time to donate, ditch or pass along.
Steph has been organizing for over ten years. Her simple tips here can help you get and keep organized and add calm to your life.