The Bag Method

Paperwork can be a daunting task.  But, it doesn’t have to be.  Here’s how I handle it.  I use what I call the Bag Method—that’s because I like to store my papers in a laptop backpack that I take with me in my car.  Feel free to use a basket for this method if you prefer.  There are 3 types of storage solutions in this method.  Temporary storage (the bag or basket), ongoing storage and permanent storage.  Now, let’s look at the method closer.

The Bag Method

Throughout the week as papers come into the home toss them in your bag or basket (your temporary storage solution).

On Saturday or Sunday, go through the papers and sort them.

Once you have your piles, use an accordion file folder to store them (your ongoing storage).  This is what I use:  The importance of this is to store anything that you may need to refer back to.  For instance, I store my children’s class letters in here, Valentine’s Day lists (during the season), receipts when I’m on the go, ball schedules, prescriptions, etc.

When you’ve finished with the document, discard it.  For instance, if I’ve received an updated letter from school I’ll toss the old one.  Now, anything I need beyond a few months I store in an expanding file box (your permanent storage solution).  You can find it here:

If you’re diligent with your papers and utilize these three storage solutions, paperwork can be a quick and easy task.

14 thoughts on “The Bag Method

  1. I have just discovered you today… Messaged your Facebook page, lol. But I’ve found your site and am so glad for it. Thank you for all you offer. I feel you and thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I’m not as lost as I was an hour ago, thanks to your openness and terrific methods.

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  2. Just looking through your stuff amhas sent me in a spin. I don’t complete any tasks. That each upside down as I start in each room . I have been trying to plan a week meals for years. I have never managed it yet. Help

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  3. Papers/Taxes/appliance booklets/sentimental papers or things/ are making me literally sick, and have anxiety and depression. I am very very much overwhelmed with papers. I have so many things with my business that I have to keep up with, and so little space to store it. I feel like I’m drowning.

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  4. I Love your beautiful home 🏠🏡❣️ I wish I could live in a house too, but it’s not in my future right now. I live in a small three bedroom apartment with my common law husband, my thirty plus daughter with her two beautiful beautiful daughters ❣️ We are a very very close family and we all consented to all living together because of the high cost of living expenses. MY MAIN PROBLEM IS that I cannot let go of my own material items for some reason. It is very very disconcerting to me {there… I just admitted it to you}… I Love every single item that I have, but it’s not bringing me Joy anymore, only the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the stuff I have just laying around with no place to put them or have use for them either. My common law husband has sooooo much clothes that he doesn’t even wear, and it takes Up ALL of our tiny closet space and leaves me with no room for my clothes. I have to literally use a cardboard box for all my stuff. I have a lot of craft stuff going on from Crotchet to Glue Gun and so on… My room has no space for them anymore, but it’s okay 🙂…. After seeing and hearing you…. You have given me some hope. Thank You 😊 please let me know if you have some ideas for me also… Bless you 🙏🙋🏻‍♀️

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      1. Thank you so much for your time also and blessings to you and your family too ❣️🙋🏻‍♀️🙏


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