Organizing Round-Up: Filing Cabinets
I file pretty frequently so I didn't really have much to do in the area of filing for the Organizing Round-Up, but I did manage to do a few things. As I worked, I took notes so that I could share with you exactly what I did, as the pictures don't really show much of a transformation.
-First, I went through my temporary file box and processed and filed everything that was in it. I also managed to throw a few pieces of junk mail away.
-At this time I also made a new folder for tax stuff and placed it in the temporary box, so I'd have it ready for all the tax documents that get mailed to us.
-Within my file cabinet drawer, I went through all the files and threw out any old or unnecessary papers.
-I also rearranged a few folders; since I have one large file drawer instead of a few small ones, I try to keep similar/related files together, and I decided to move a few folders around to make it a little more orderly.
-And for those who may be curious, the order of the files is (from front to back): Household Bills, Bank/credit card statements, Insurances Papers & Bills, My Husband's Student Loans, My Student Loans, Legal Documents, Tax Documents, and Misc.
-I also made a few new labels for my green hanging folders; my labelmaker broke, and I haven't bought a new one yet, so I had to make some temporary handwritten labels, but at least now all the sections in the file cabinet have labels. And I made labels for each of the banks that we have accounts and/or credit cards with. Previously I would have 2 or 3 banks inside one hanging folder, but I decided to separate those out into separate hanging folders.
Here's the before picture:
Org Junkie for the Round-up!
And Here's The After: See? Other than a few new handwritten labels, there isn't much of a transformation to look at. But I guess it's the thought and action behind the pictures that really counts!
And here's a picture from another angle. I tried to separate the folders and make spaces so that you could see all the different "sections" of files that I described above, but didn't work out to well. (Again, it's the thought that counts!)
Also, check out my other posts that are related to filing: