Like many artists, I am not particularly skilled at keeping up with the drudgery of day-to-day life. Most practical people find it impossible to believe, but I truly forget about most chore-type things most of the time. My brain is full of other thoughts.

Unlike many artists, I married someone with a similar temperament. Needless to say, we do not have the most organized household. We keep a level of order that enables us to live, but beyond that we’re uninterested in labeled, everything in its place living. And it truly works for us most of the time. I’m not soliciting suggestions about organization because we really like our life and won’t do what you tell us to do anyways. But sometimes, our way of doing things doesn’t work for us, and then it’s time to look at how we do life and what task needs to get done and come up with a system that will fit with both.

This weekend I spent hours working on a new system for all the drat-blasted papers that come into our home, breeds, and needs to be kept for a period of time. Thankfully I found file folders in a lovely moss green that made my chore a bit happier.

The New System:

1. Have a small file box in a regularly trafficked area (will forget if it’s behind closed doors) that has a file for each month (because I won’t sort the papers any further).

2. When paper comes in, put it in the month’s file (only rule: no envelopes in the file – papers must be opened and laid out flat with extra envelopes thrown in trash)

3. Send last year’s paperwork to a.) the shredder or b.) long-term storage in filing cabinet

I did re-do the actual filing cabinet (which we use every 2-3 years, no joke) and created files for long-term paperwork that needs to be stored more than a year. There is intentionally no intermediary place to put things before they go to the monthly file or the long-term cabinet because if there was, the stack would build up, and sometime in 2014 I would have to go through and sort the papers and come up with a new system. Maybe I’ll have to anyways. And that’s OK. I’d rather adjust all the time and try new things than crack under the pressure of maintaining perfect order.