In an attempt not to make the same mistakes as last year, I turned to the very first post of my 2020 challenge and found that I had created a concertina file for receipts and placed it in the kitchen cupboard. I sort of stopped putting the receipts in there around August/September. I know it was around this date because I found a lot of loose receipts thrown into the cupboard instead of actually filing them in the concertina file. Why did I stop? Was the space too awkward to get to?
The answer was yes. The shelf above it was stopping me seeing into anything past the first few months of the year in the concertina file and it was difficult to pull the whole thing out. I decided that it needed moving, so I filed the loose receipts into the relevant monthly slots. After that, I took out all of the January 2020 receipts and put them in the slot labelled 20 (for the year 2020 if you didn’t work that one out 😃), and so that I can start using the January slot for this year.
The concertina file was only meant to be a temporary solution last year until I found something better but I never did, so I’m going to continue with it for now and put the whole thing in a more accessible place e.g. in the temporary filing cabinet in the study. I’m attending an online course on paperwork in a few days so you never know, I might find a new and better solution for receipts.
Finding money in the clutter
I’m not talking about actual cash here but close to it. One of the receipts that I came across in the process of filing was for the tiles that I bought in October, which reminded me that I hadn’t returned the surplus ones from the bathroom renovation project. It stopped me in my tracks and I almost didn’t want to look at the ‘last refund date’ on the receipt. Had it passed?
The answer was yes. I rang the shop and they said that even though they were only open for click and collect, they’d still be able to refund me if I returned them in saleable condition in the next couple of days (one of the only benefits of Covid-19). You should have seen how quickly I got those unused whole packs of tiles into my car along with the individual sample tiles that I’d also bought from the same shop. I had to call my daughter downstairs to check which sample tiles went with which receipt as I have some others that I also need to return, but I have almost a year to return those ones… luckily.
Within half an hour I arrived at the shop and, in a socially distanced way, I returned the tiles. I needed to get the shop assistant to help carry them in, but it all worked out ok. I walked out £117 better off!
Now you could have said that I wasn’t really better off as I’d paid for them in the first place, but the old me probably wouldn’t have sorted out those receipts in time and come across it in a timely manner. So, I think I’m improving and see it as progress.
You’d also think that the tiles being in my way most days would have been a constant reminder to take them back. Some were in the middle of the study floor and some were propped up behind the door in my daughter’s new room, and the individual sample ones were by the back door… waiting for me to do something with them. It’s also been on my list of things to do for a number of weeks. Nothing got it done quicker than finding that receipt today and being up against a deadline.
So, by returning the tiles, I’ve also shifted some more clutter from around the house that’s been getting in the way. The other sample tiles are by the back door ready to go into the garage until I can take them back. I’m pleased that I read that Day 1: A Place For Those Things post from 2020 now. I shall be reflecting on more posts from last year in order to check up on myself 😊.
Hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend.
Until next time….