It's as easy as this:
That's all you need to keep everything in order. Think about it -- what else is there? Now use the 15 minutes as mentioned above once or twice a week to sort your papers. Some find stackable filing shelves work, others like to have upright files they can thumb through. The Container Store is a great resource for all kinds of organizational tools. If you want to fancy it up a bit, check out See Jane Work.
4. Keep a list of your passwords in a safe place. Remembering passwords can be a real pain, and a time waster also. There are many ways to keep your passwords in a safe and secure place -- besides that list on the post-it near your computer -- including Last Pass. Find what works for you and spend a few hours recording all of your vital information in an online location that you can access from anyplace.
5. Have a family information center. Whether it's a bulletin board in your kitchen or a google calendar that you all sync to and add to individually, it's important that a family shares plans and information, such as times, dates, phone numbers and so on. Color-coding can take things even further, if you're so inclined -- each family member can have their own color, which is extremely helpful for at-a-glance info.
6. Find an online backup program and use it. Carbonite or SOS are a couple of good options -- or a backup drive connected to your computer is an alternative choice. This is essential to your peace of mind regarding anything that you store on your computer -- from legal documents to photos. With online backup, you can retrieve your files anyplace, anytime.
7. Be ruthless in your closet. Some quiet afternoon, maybe if it's raining and no one else is at home, spend a few hours going through your clothes closet. Be honest with yourself about whether things fit, or you like them or you'll ever wear them again. If you have a friend you trust, try things on and get an honest opinion.