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
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.