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Hey, y’all, I am decluttering and organizing vehicle paperwork today. This is a larger part of my February Declutter Calendar, but it can be done any time of the year! So, let’s dive in and discuss all the essential documents you need and how to organize them.
Keeping your auto documents organized and decluttered helps ensure that you keep on top of everything that comes up when you own a vehicle. Creating systems for your important documents means that you can find everything you need quickly and without a lot of time spent, especially if you need maintenance on a vehicle or plan to sell it.
Gather all your vehicle paperwork in one place
This step is self-explanatory. Start by gathering all of your vehicle paperwork together in one place. You may have papers in your car or in your console that are not organized throughout your paper system. Gather them in one place to assess what you need to keep and where.
Keep, Toss or Shred
After you have collected everything in one place, you will start sorting them into three piles: keep, toss, or shred. Only keep the paperwork for vehicles that you own now. You do not have to keep paperwork on any cars that you no longer own. If there are any duplicate or unnecessary items, put them in the shred pile if they have any vital information. Throw away any excess paperwork like advertisements or envelopes collected in the mail. If you are unsure of the critical documents, here are a few that you might want to consider:
You have already decided what the most critical paperwork is at this point in the process. Now, to ensure you have a backup, you should go ahead and make a digital copy of it and file it in your digital organization system. If you are looking for guidance on organizing your digital files, you can check out my article here: How to Declutter and Organize your digital files.
File into your Physical Filing System
After ensuring you have a digital copy of all your most important paperwork, it’s time to file it in your paper system. I use List & File military life binders to help me keep all of my paperwork organized and easy to find. Note: For your auto paperwork, you need to make sure to have a copy of your insurance, registration, and license somewhere handy while you drive. According to Nationwide Insurance’s article, it is not advisable to keep your registration in the glove box. Check out the full article for their recommendations for what you should (and should not!) keep in the glove box.
It is imperative to keep up with your auto paperwork. Still, with a bit of work and a small amount of maintenance throughout the year, this is one of the categories that I find to be the easiest to keep organized and decluttered. How about you? How does this process sound to you? Let me know in the comments!
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