On our show, Targeting Paper Clutter Zones, we share 3 essential tools for organizing paper.
1. AN INBOX
I (Tracy) recommend a simple box with a completely removable lid like this one from See Jane Work. Remove the lid and place it under the box. If you keep the lid on the box then the paper will not go IN the box. You have my permission to use the lid only if you have very special company coming and want the house to look spectacular! 🙂
All paper goes in the inbox. The paper IN the inbox indicates that it is unprocessed.
Here is my inbox that I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics in the clearance section after Christmas for $7.00. I think it was a Christmas gift box but it is very sturdy!
2. A FREEDOM ACTION FILE
Using something to hold temporary papers is essential. The Freedom Action File is a wonderful option. Some people like file folders in a basket and others use a family binder. Whatever works for you is what counts. Here is one of my client’s Action File.
3. A FILE CABINET
Two of my client’s and I have all purchased this three drawer file cabinet from Home Decorator’s Oxford collection. I have two file drawers in my desk but needed additional file space. Since my office is the first room you see in my home I needed a file cabinet that looked good with my office furniture.
If it doesn’t matter that your file cabinet matches your furniture then I would suggest investing in a high quality file cabinet (metal is good) with 3-4 drawers. Look on your local Craig’s List, surplus store or office overstock.
When creating files use broad categories. Don’t get too specific unless you have to. The likelihood that you will need to retrieve something that you have filed is approximately 20%!