people are organized by nature. You know them by their alphabetized spice racks,
perfectly antiseptic medicine cabinets and tabula rasa workspaces. Others are
not. But we believe that a little nurture can overcome nature so if organization
isn't in your DNA, we're here to help.
we covered Filing 101, offering a
primer on the anatomy of a filing cabinet and
a handy cheat sheet on what paperwork to save or toss. If you spent time with
those posts, and implemented any of our recommendations, you're off to a great
start for an organized 2011.
Now it's time for some tricks of the trade,
those little "I-never-would-have-thought-of-that" tips that will help move you
along the path from filing newbie to seasoned pro.
Making the Most of
Manila Folders: What home isn't inundated with bills,
receipts, kids' art work, and disparate to-lists? Consider using a few clearly labeled
manila folders on a bulletin board or the inside of a kitchen cabinet to triage
and sort paperwork before it disappears into the dreaded stack (aka unwieldy
blog the Unclutterer has a helpful post on putting
manila folders to work: Creating a Home Paper
Portable File Totes: Digital nomads, freelancers visiting clients, or
on-the-go parents may want to avail themselves of a portable filing tote.
Portable totes double as a "briefcase" and make organizing while on the move a
breeze. Organizing blog Ready, Aim, Organize has a helpful post on the pros of portable totes (note: while they
recommend a specific brand there are numerous totes on the market which can
easily be found with a Google search).
Crack the Color Code: LA lifestyle blog Cupcakes & Cashmere trains its aesthetic sensibility on home office files.
Read the post Office Etiquette for
details on synching an attractive streamlined desktop holder with a more
comprehensive system in your filing cabinet. As a bonus: the system is color-coordinated, providing a
vibrant example of form meeting function.
Get to Know Your Label Maker: Filing newbies may
believe that label makers are the province of the professional organizer. Not
so! Anyone can, and should, add a label maker to their organizational arsenal.
For inspiration, read 10 Great Uses for Label Makers for more on making
this handy tool.
Be Boy Scout Ready: Steal a playbook from the Boy
Scouts and "be prepared." When a health or weather disaster strikes, it's no
time to be scrambling for insurance documents, etc. Prepare a file of emergency
documents before adversity strikes. For more on getting ready for an emergency,
read Preparing for the Unexpected.
Do you have any filing tips or tricks? What
little step or tool makes your filing easier? Share your thoughts here and at
the Pendaflex Facebook page.
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
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