Over the weekend I was feeling a little inspired by all of this filing cabinet talk and got to thinking that my own filing cabinet drawer, while functional, was looking a little rough for wear. My file folders, once white, were now yellow and torn and my chicken scratch was looking a little messy. It’s been this way for years so it hasn’t bothered me that much but in honor of filing cabinet month I give you my own filing cabinet makeover.
Here’s what I did:
Using my Dymo LetraTag Pluslabel maker (which I will be happily reviewing soon!) I re-did the main category labels and inserted them into the yellow plastic tabs that are attached to the yellow hanging file folders.
Using Word I created and printed labels for all my sub-categories and then affixed those to new manila white file folders.
I alphabetized all my categories to make finding the one I need faster.
My categories (I’ve listed the sub categories in brackets) are:
House (Purchase Info, Mtg Info, Assessments/Property Tax)
Taxes (sub divided by year)
Bank Statements (Chequing, Savings, Credit Line)
Investments (RSPs, RESPs)
Bills (Phone, Gas, Hydro, Cable)
Van (Purchase Info, Repairs)
Insurance (House, Van, Medical)
Employment (Resume, Contracts, Paystubs)
Misc (Subscriptions, Aeroplan, Airmiles, Medic Alert, etc.)
Travel (sub divided by location)
Note: my product manuals are filed separately using this system.
I’m actually excited about filing now and I have a feeling I might even be able to improve on my once a year filing habit now. If that happens it would be a great outcome for about an hour’s worth of work. Yay!
How are you making out with your filing?