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Welcome to Day 3 of 7 Days To An Organized Home Office.
Today’s task will take about 1 hour for the average home office. Depending on your home office situation you may need more or less time.
We’re going to create a super-simple filing system – one that makes it easy to put papers away in the right place and also to find things when you need them.
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47 thoughts on “Day 3: Filing”
only have room for one filing cabinet which is controlled by spouse, which is a great system. If I need to find something, I know where it is. However, I do need some type of “filing” of my own interests, so I use 3 ring binders and have been trying to downsize the amount I have. Since retirement, I no longer need seperate work categories, (I did a lot of teaching and training of new staff) and have been working on deleting that paperwork. Over 11 months, I have downsized a tremendous amount and still have more to go. It seems to be working as I now can find things easier, but still a ways to go.
So today I have purged some stuff that was in a black four drawer filing cabinet. It is now in my “inner city” and as getting my household organised is my priority I am allocating that cabinet to the new household filing system. I have purchased some coloured hanging files to act as my top level differentiators and then I will use tab files to label my second level categories. I have written out a two-tiered set of categories using the examples helpfully given and I am ready to start some filing I think (haven’t said that in a while!). I haven’t made the tab labels yet, because I don’t trust myself to have not forgotten something, so instead I am using post it notes until all the paperwork is sorted and filed and then my reward will be to make all the pretty labels!!
I am so far behind. I got a good start on Monday, then had people coming to my office on Tuesday, another person scheduled that didn’t show up on today and I am really off track! I have to have a clean up office before people come so never got a chance to get the last two day started. I am disappointed in myself to say the least. I care for my husband (96) who is blind and has Dementia. By the end of the day I am too tired to start a project. I need to find a way to work through all the paper and get my home and office back on track. So happy that others are doing well and I am encouraged reading your comments!
I spent 3 hours going thru my files, making more files, filing differnt pieces of papers that didn’t have homes that I couldn’t find electronically. I organized my kids filing system everytbing from birth certificates to bank accounts for them, Then I re-organized my home organization filing system and purged what I was not looking at or using out of that. Then everywhere I looked I seemed to have run into more papers, reciepts, bills. I have a long way to go but boy do I feel so happy I did this project. I thinks it’s great now. I can’t imagine it in 4 days from now.
I wish I could afford this program