Today I'm going to share with you the filing system I created as part of my OperationOrganize: Office/Craft Closet Storage Project where I'm trying to make order of our terribly dysfunctional office/craft closet described in this post.
Do you see the purple bankers box in this picture?
Then this wonderful piece of furniture came into my life!
What is so wonderful about this end table? Let me tell you!
- Has a hanging file drawer.
- Has a nice little cubby where I will probably place a cute basket someday to store something.
- Matches our coffee table.
- Offers dual function: end table and file drawer.
- Cost me only $10.00.
Once I had my wonderful new end table/filing drawer I was ready to begin organizing all our papers.
Here are the supplies I used.
- Colorful Hanging File Folders - I would have loved for them to all be the same pretty color, but couldn't convince myself it was worth the splurge. These work just fine.
- File Folders
- Alphabet Stickers - I am pretty sure I've had these since sometime in middle school. It was well past time for me to use them!
- Avery File Folder Labels (not pictured) - I love using these because they ensure perfect lettering on my file folders. I'm a bit OCD and these are just wonderful to have! They give the perfect finishing touch and have so many uses!
A close up of the cute alphabet stickers. : )
It took a good little while to label all my hanging file folders and file folders and then organize all my papers into them. Not to mention the time I spent fussing with the computer/printer trying to print my file labels. We recently bought a new desktop computer and I don't think it communicates well with our ANCIENT printer. (Okay, so it's not really ancient, but 9 years is old for a printer!) However it was so worth the time!
In order to help me remember where to return each folder, should I need to take it out of the drawer, I began each label with a word that started with the letter it would be filed under. For example: All our utilities are filed under "U". I labeled them "Utilities - Gas/Electric," "Utilities - Internet," and so on, always putting the word "Utilities" first. I used the same concept to file papers for each of our family members. These are some of the files I created under my name, filing under "J": "Jessica - Important Documents," "Jessica - Health Records."
Here are some other files I labeled using this system:
- Credit Card: Best Buy, Discover
- Insurance: Auto, Health, Home/Rental, Life
- Loans: Auto, Student
Also, to help me remember what letter each particular file is filed under I created these sheets:
These are especially useful as I am wonderful at coming up with a great, reasonable system for filing papers, but have a horrible time remembering how my wonderful system works and where exactly I filed everything. On each line I listed the file folders that are filed under that particular letter(s). This way if I forget were I filed something, I have an easy reference to look back at. This also helps my hubby easily find a file he may be looking for. Right now I keep these sheets in hanging file folder "A" because it's in the very front and we don't have anything filed there. I will probably move them to their own hanging file once I have something to file under "A."
Hopefully I've shared some tips and tricks that will help you organize your ever-growing paper pile or improve your current filing system to make it work better for you.
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