Alongside being any everyday contributor to Apartment Therapy Los Angeles and hammering away as drummer for local band Kissing Cousins
, our Beth Zeigler also happens to be owner of her own personal organizing company, BNeato
. She's our go-to girl for home and life organizing tips, and here she is with a video tip for getting that trash dump pile of receipts in order...
Beth explains some simple steps to get your receipt collection in order:
Having a simple way to handle receipts will save you tons of time (and money).
- Just say no. Grocery store receipts are rarely needed so just say no at the check out line and decline the receipt.
- If you use your credit/debit card at Target, they're able to pull up your receipt (so again--you can feel confident declining the receipt at the register).
- Have a place for your receipts to go in your purse or wallet. Go through them when you get home and transfer them to an active storage spot.
- Your active storage spot might be a small drawer or an accordion file folder. Each week (or as often as needed) go through your active file spot and recycle or shred receipts that you no longer need.
- If you're going to hang onto your receipts long-term, think about scanning them in. Most receipts are printed on thermal paper (which fades over time). Plus, the IRS prefers scanned in paperwork (which means less clutter)!
- Fijitsu SnapScan and Neat Receipts are great products to invest in for scanning paperwork.