I crack me up. I told myself “I was taking Sunday off’. It ended up being one of my BIGGEST cleaning days.
Christmas needed to still come down! And enough was enough.
So tonight, I shall be rewarded with enjoying Downton Abbey in the cleanest living room in the land. More on that soon.
In the midst of all this purging goin’ on, I’ve also been diving into another massive DIY of sorts.
And that’s getting my receipts ready for tax time.
Even a week ago I was wondering how on earth I’d find my tax receipts. This office was JAMMED with junk when I did my paint studio purge!
That little round table is my HERO. It was propped there one year to help out with tax time, but I fell in love with it so much, it never left. It really helps keep the paperwork off the computer keyboard.
Cute mickey cup, huh? It’s from our recent trip to Disneyland.
AFTER taxes. Yes… I can do this…
My system is pretty simple. It’s up to me to round up the receipts with like minded statements, enter my sales on the computer (I use Account Edge for Mac), then call in a bookkeeper to enter the rest.
I then have the finalization done by a year end accountant.
In Canada, our taxes are due by the end of April. And I’m usually scrambling late into the April evenings. This year I have a head start… I’m already up to December! 🙂
But first things first! This is how I get ready…
The pickiest and most vital thing is matching up receipts to bank statements. Monthly file folders help… but it would help even more if I dumped my purse at the end of each month! Working on it…
Funny… never use to bother me. 🙂
When my sign biz was active, it had its own computer downstairs with the vinyl cutter. I deemed this one the work one. I rarely if ever went online on it, unless I need to email something biz related.
I rather liked it this way. It kept me on task. Work first, then go upstairs and
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If you can ever find these fabulous rolling files, get them! I landed them at Costco a few years back. What you see here is an entire year’s worth of receipts. Here’s one on Amazon that is very similar.
I REALLY like this double filed cart for upstairs maybe…
Especially handy when you create pallet wood desks with no storage. 🙂
This time of year, the floor fills with scrunched up paper. This reminds me to burn them. I find it easier to start the fireplace with these vs. shredding small amounts of paper.
I just don’t like my shredder. It’s small and slow. I’d get a bigger shredder like this, if I got another.
The mini garbage can was found at Ikea awhile back.
I really like my little downstairs office! When tax time is over, I’ll continue working on it to make it amazing. I’d like to extend the wall painting like the paint studio, and have designs on getting rid of the carpet with some kind of rustic, affordable flooring.
I’m thinking crate like… maybe plywood… ohhh yeah….
Common sense does kick in every now and then… 🙂
How are you managing with your filing? Are you well into it too?