As a continuation of my series of posts on curbing paper clutter, I want to talk about paper file organization systems.
No matter how much paper I try to get out of my house, the reality is that some of the paper has to stay. (My next post in this series will discuss which papers these are, so stay tuned.) I have found that having a good organization system in place is essential before you sort through the pounds of paper that currently occupy your filing cabinet or random boxes or whatever makeshift system that might be bringing clutter into your life. If the papers that you decide to keep can immediately be sorted into a proper organization system, then you will be one step closer to being rid of your paper-clutter nightmare.
After years of trying to go it alone, I finally admitted that I had a filing problem on my hands and sought professional help. One organization system, FreedomFiler, was repeatedly mentioned on product review websites as being the best system to help a filing cabinet gone awry. I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I didn’t see how a bunch of labels could be better than the failed system I had developed. And, at $42.95 it had to be a rip-off, right?
FreedomFiler is an organization system that did exactly what it claimed to do and brought sustainable order to the papers in my home.
I think that the reason it works is because it’s intuitive and well-designed. I can wrap my mind around the whole of the system, so I never have to stop and wonder where a paper is filed or where a new paper should go. I appreciate systems that make sense, which also means that I know it is a long-term solution.
As a note, though, I want to add that I don’t use most of the “Active” tabs from the Home Filing Kit. I use another system for my immediate action papers and tasks, and so I don’t have these tabs in my filing system. After reading through the “Active” tabs in the FreedomFiler series, I could see that they would be very useful if I didn’t already have a system in place. Also, since I do use the majority of the tabs, I see FreedomFiler as an extremely valuable resource and the best I’ve found.
If you’re looking for an organization system to solve your paper problem, I strongly recommend the FreedomFiler system.
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