Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.
Buying a filing cabinet is a great first step to becoming organised, but you have a few more steps to complete before it will actually help you stay organised. Use the following tips to prepare your filing cabinet so that each paper and document that you put in it has a home.
What You Need:
Categorise Your Files:
Look at the papers that you have lying around and divide them using broad categories. Some examples would be "finances", "transportation", or "medical". Once you have the major categories, look at them again and break them down into subcategories for files that have a lot of paperwork. For example, finances could be broken down into "checking", "savings", "credit card", and "loans".
Assign each broad category a specific color and use that color file folder for each subcategory in that group. Color coding your files will save you time later when you want to find something quickly. If you know that your house papers are in blue folders, you will only have to look at a couple of folders to find the correct one.
Label each file the same way. Print the subcategories' title in the same spot on each folder so when you are flipping through your filing cabinet, you will know where to look to see the contents of the folder. You can easily print off labels from your computer and stick them directly on to the file folders to keep them uniform.
Start by keeping the same colour of file folders together and then alphabetise them. Each main category can go in a hanging file folder together. The tabs will sit above the hanging file so it will be easy to read to see what is in each file folder.
Keep two baskets on top of your filing cabinet and go through them once a week. Once basket should be labeled "To Do" and should contain things like bills, people to call, things to mail. The other basket should be labeled "To File" and everything that has been dealt with and needs to be filed can be placed in this basket.
Once your filing cabinet is organised and ready to use, keep up with it and it will eventually become a habit. After a few months of using your new system, you may notice that you need to add new files that you didn't think of, which is okay. Work with an office furniture specialist, such as Design Systems Office Interiors Pty Ltd, to ensure that you choose the right style of filing cabinet for your needs.Share