2019-03-23 Paper Mail and Filing Systems and Taxes.. Oh My

This one is going to be real nail-biter! I spent 1 hour this morning (at 6am 🙄) sorting though mail and reorganizing and filing things away. The amount of wasted paper is bonkers! I’m minimizing what I save and putting “going electronic” with as many statements as I can on my to-do list for next week. I have to change my address at a bunch of places so it makes sense to double down on having to do one mundane task and try and save myself some time.

I spent another 3 hours doing my taxes and despite using an online program which makes it extremely easy, it’s still too painful and in my opinion more complex than it should be for a person like me who just has a W2, a dependent, a house, and a few school related things to account for. 3 hours of my life gone and in the end I was like.. “ughhhhh”.

I use Tax act, which was super cheap the first year I used it and seemed straight forward and easy to get through. Each year it has gotten more expensive and less user friendly. This year I even had issues with a couple things I think must be bugs in their programming. They pulled in past records for things that have not been relevant for about 3 years or more. Then flagged them as errors in the “alerts” step of the process. I haven’t had dependent care expenses since my kids were in elementary. But I’m done now so whatever. 🤷‍♀️

Having a new office space is an invitation to reorganize things and improve upon my previous approach to tackling my arch-nemesis – paper mail. After this morning I have a fat stack of paper that needs to be destroyed and going forward things are going to operate better. If I can stay on top of doing a few simple things more frequently, the burden I feel from this tedious task will be lighter. I just have to be diligent and not let it pile up.

That’s all I got for today. At least I was upfront about how riveting it was going to be. 😜 I’m really not feeling the jam today so it’s time to cut and run. I would say tomorrow will be more exciting but I’m not about to make promises I can’t keep. In truth, it’s kinda nice for things to be a bit boring. I’ve had too much stress and drama lately.

Peace and Love,

~Miss SugarCookie

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