Thou shalt start sorting through the papers on thy desk and see what kind of piles develop. Then shall thee consolidate, if necessary, to achieve Six Categories. When thou hast discovered the Six Categories, label the Index Sheet with the categories in the most logical (for thou) order...frequency of use. Then shall thou becomest organized.
My messy desk before...
This is what I came up with to label my new best friend, Mr. Pendaflex
And this is my nice, clean desk. It did NOT take me six hours to clean this time! It took about an hour and a half, including interruptions from the children.
This is our bill organizing system. It has actually worked very well. I try to empty the old bills every 3-6 months.
We keep everything we need to manage the bills in there...calculator, paper, pencils, etc. so it's just grab it and get to work without searching all over the house for stuff (usually). There are pockets of resistance to clutter in my home...hoping to change that to just pockets of clutter resisting organization!
So, desk, take that. I am now Organized...and everyone else...check back again to see how well the Pendaflex Pilesmart Project Sorter has lived up to its Holy Grail-ness...
This is not a solicited endorsement of the Pendaflex PileSmart Project Sorter. I just really think I found something that will work this time!