Tax Time! Time to Organize, Again!

I have a tendency to procrastinate over taxes, but this year I have been working hard to do better. I have been sorting my receipts, gathering my mileage logs, adding up my different streams of income and comparing them to my 1099s, plus getting my checkbook and PayPal ledgers either updated or printed off. There is a lot to do to get ready for tax time. I kind of miss the days when I didn’t have to do anything, my husband just took care of it all. But alas those days are over.

Over a month ago, maybe even less, I organized my office. Now, in preparation for tax season my office has got disorganized because I have been going through files and receipts for each business. I am a paper person so there are usually piles of paper here and there. However, I like my desk to be mostly cleared when doing important paper work so I can keep track of everything.

Another thing I like to keep track of is my pens and pencils. I found a nifty little lamp last summer at the thrift store with compartments to keep things on my desk more organized. That’s where I keep pens, pencils, erasers and sticky notes, etc.

We use a lot of pencils between business and homeschooling. During tax season it’s nice to have sharpened pencils on hand, but I discovered that ours had bit the dust and had to buy a new one. Nothing like having tons of pencils in the house and nothing to sharpen them with! Talk about maddening. There were a few different ones to choose from, but I bought the X-ACTO Spira pencil sharpener because I had a coupon. You can even see photos of my shopping trip here.

By the way, the new sharpener works great! Probably won’t be able to keep the children away from it. If you would like to learn more about X-ACTO products, please consider the following pages:

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Then have fun filing your taxes! Ha!

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions expressed are my own.#CBias #XACTO

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  1. Nightowlmama says:

    so important to be organized which I’m not ;9 but want to be

  2. I like to be organized but am not always successful at keeping things the way I like them!

  3. Carolyn West says:

    It’s so true that around tax time I start to get really unorganized. I am making a serious effort to not go crazy and be more on top of things for next year.

  4. Tax time is the one time of year where everyone gets organized. The black sharpener really looks good on your office table.

  5. Amy Adams says:

    I can’t imagine doing any of my tasks with a manual pencil sharpener, can you?

  6. Rachel says:

    Your desk is so organized!!! The XACTO looks good too!!! :)

  7. Ginger says:

    Love to see how other people organize! :) Cute lamp. Love the sharpener!

    Ginger @

  8. The new sharpener looks great! I love that little lamp with the compartments. Very cute.

  9. carolynn ferraro-king says:

    So funny. Every night now I am sitting here separating receipts for my business, getting ready to file my taxes.. Its so hard to get prepared.. Best of luck!

  10. Tiffany says:

    I didn’t even notice the pencil sharpener!! It looks so good up there!

  11. I am dreading doing my taxes, this may be the year I have someone do them for me!

  12. I have thought of that too, April. I saw a CPA in January and am suppose to see her again in March, but I wanted to comparison shop and see another CPA but have yet to do that! I wanted to have everything organized and in my neat little folder….but I am not there yet!

  13. Linda Hall says:

    You are way more organized than I am. Every time I try to get organized, I end up with a bigger mess. My hat is off to you!

  14. Catherine says:

    Thanks! Those are some great tips. Tax Time, here I come!

  15. Tax time is the worst for me!
    I do love to be organized though and try to stay that way all year, though it doesn’t happen lol.

  16. I am jealous of your desk – mine is always a mess!!

  17. Oh mine gets that way, Jen and if I am working in the office it is generally like that! Guess I should have take a before picture!

  18. Jessica McMasters says:

    Love tax time! I go crazy if I don’t stay organized :)

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