I purchased 8 stackable plastic mailbox slots and labeled each one with a family members name. All schoolwork and mail that is for other people goes in their slot. The kids use it to keep homework that they are working on. And when I run into field trip slips and permission forms I sign them and put them in to the child's mailbox slot. This teaches them a lot of responsibility as they have to check it and bring things back to school to turn in.
I keep a large manila folder with file folders in it labeled such as home insurance policy, auto insurance, etc. I only check my mail as I'm driving out of my driveway on the way to work. Before I get out of my car and walk into work, I open each envelope and:
Sort the item into one of the file folders if it is a fileable item that requires no further attention.
Put them into two stacks to go inside my job with me. One stack is for shredding and the other stack is bills due.
When I'm through sorting my mail (which is very quick), I go inside my office building and walk straight to the shredder and shred the shred stack. Then I take the bill stack and before I clock in I either quickly add it to my calendar or I scan and email the item to myself. Then later in the day when I pass the shredder I stick those items in there.
I have a folder in emails labeled bills. I move those to that folder then when I'm paying bills I have them all in front of me. Sometimes I forward the scanned document back to me and add bill name and date due to the subject line. At the end of the month I take my box inside and remove contents from the file folders and put into corresponding file folder in my file cabinet.
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