Mommysavers’ Advice for Organizing Receipts recently published an article by Jamie Novak entitled “Stop the Shoebox Madness: How to Get a Handle on Your Receipts”. According to the author, shoeboxes are no longer considered an efficient way to organize your paper receipts. She suggests that instead readers set up a centrally located receipt station in their house that uses labeling and color coding to keep their finances in order. Frankly, it sounds like if done correctly, it could really work.

So why haven’t people made the switch yet? Well, according to Novak:

I know you love the shoeboxes, they are great for holding shoes, fantastic for making 3-D dioramas, and they even double as drawer dividers! And yes, it can be hard to throw out a good shoebox, you know the one, it has an attached lid, or it’s a cool color or it is made from the thick corrugated cardboard.

Wait, we’re too attached to our beloved shoeboxes to make the switch? I don’t know about you, but I just can’t find enough time in the day to get organized! Forget the cute corrugated boxes, I would trash them in a second if I felt like I had an alternative that took less time than throwing a piece of paper into a box and shutting the top. I have a lot of things I need to accomplish, and organizing my receipts is low on the priority list. I guess I’m stuck with shoeboxes for now.

But when launches, all this could change. Shoeboxed will not only prevent spam from reaching your personal email address and protect you from identity theft, but it will automatically organize and manage your online receipts. It doesn’t take any time out of your busy life, because it does it all for you! No matter how much you shop online, one piece of your life will be entirely managed for you.

We’re giving you time back. Maybe you’ll choose to spend a few extra minutes with the family. Maybe you’ll get a chance to exercise for the first time in months. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll finally get rid of those pesky receipt shoeboxes!

On second thought, I could never do that. They’re corrugated.

Dan’s shoebox of receipts
Dan, fed up with his shoebox of receipts