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Paper Purge: The Best Filing System
Paper Purge: The Best Filing System

What is the best filing system for all that paper? Actually it’s a trick question because there isn’t one best system.  The best system is the one that works for you and that you will stick to.


Here are a few tips to developing your best filing system.


1) Storage - There are no rules that say you have to use a filing cabinet. I have seen successful systems using magazine holders, file boxes and even plastic containers. What you use will depend on your space, the volume of your papers and how your mind works. If you are a very visual person, you may want a system that allows you easy visual access to your files.


2) Files Names - Name your files what you will help you remember what’s in them. So when you are looking for your car insurance will you think “Auto”, “ Car”, “Auto Insurance” or “Toyota Prius”.  Just try not to be too general (“Bills”) or too specific (“Toyota Prius Insurance”, “Toyota Prius Oil Changes”, “Toyota Prius Service Records. Again if you are a visual person you could use logos as part of your file folder labels.


3) Clearly Labeled Folders - Whether you use a pen, a label maker or a printed label, be sure your folders are clearly labeled.


What are some of your best tips for creating your ideal file system?


Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a home organizing expert who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 

Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969.


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