Generally that theory lasts three months when I get sick of looking at the pile of filing on the desk in the office, and spend 20 minutes filing it all. Seriously, that is how long it takes me these days, so I have no idea why I don't just spend 2 minutes each week doing a small batch. And I have our new filing system to thank for that.
Lets have a look at under my desk
Up top we have two boxes from Ikea. The left stores computer junk (cables, instalation disks, random odds and sods) and the other stores non-claimable receipts (ie everything that I can't use at tax time). This filing system leaves more than a little to be desired, but meh, if my house is on fire, i can grab the box and deal with that later.
Then we have 8 lever arch folders, each with dividers
Employment (which has our payslips, training records, union paperwork, super statements etc)
Pets/Fire Brigade/Health Insurance
As they are all clearly labelled, I find it easier to do my filing. Everything gets hole-punched, and the newest item goes on top. Plus if I ever need to find something, I don't have to spend an hour in the filing cabinet trying to locate its folder, only to find it has dropped down below the cabinet. Even the husband can use our filing system! That is how easy it is.
How do you keep your files organised?