What does an organized filing system mean to you?
This was the question I recently asked on Twitter and I got some great responses:
It means being able to access what I am looking for without destroying my house. Alphabetical, by topic.
When my DH asks where the paperwork for “X” is I can find it without hesitation. I have easy access to our important paper
An organized file system means I can find anything I want in the 1st place I seek it, saving time & $ & eliminating frustration.
Easy, not a lot of work to maintain, helps me find what I need when I need it. I have huge piles of “need to file.” I need a cure
A system in which I can easily see where to file items and can easily retrieve them when needed. Easy purging is also essential.
It’s the difference between sanity and insanity.
It would change my life. That is the area I struggle w/ the most! At work, I made it perfectly. Not @ home.
And my personal favorite:
To me it says, “You are in the wrong house, back away slowly and whistle in an inconspicuous manner until you make your getaway.”
Can you identify with any of those?
I’m a visual person so the first link I want to direct you to for help is a video from MonkeySee which is such a great site for visual folks like me.
How to set up a filing system @ MonkeySee
Professional Organizer Vicky Norris explains why an alpha system might not be the best solution in this video ~ Filing System Tips
And a few other helpful links of various filing methods and systems:
Time to Clear Out the Files @ Thoughts from Miller Manor
I hate filing! @ Messy Moms
How to make and use a financial binder for your paperwork @ Stephanie’s Mommy Brain
File It @ My Road to Sanity
Reduce Filing Induced Headaches: Simplify Your System @ One Organized Life
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