What's In Your File Cabinet - National Organize Your Files Week 2015

Did you know that the third week of April is National Organize Your Files Week? Yes it is. Every January, I purge the small file system that I have(I am pretty much paperless). In a perfect world, we would all start out the new year with files being cleaned out, purged, and archived. What’s in your file cabinet?

For those of you that have paper challenges, its never too late to change your course of action. So lets open up that file cabinet or drawer. Here are some steps to help you with your paper management:

1. Are all your files clearly labeled? Get a label maker. It is the best money that you will spend. You will fall in love like I did.

2. Are there files in your system that aren’t relevant to your life or job anymore? Take them out and let them go!

3. What can you eliminate from your files by going paperless? Think financial accounts, paystubs, and house hold bills. You can do it.

4. What can be archived? An archive system should contain items that you need to keep but don’t need access to on a regular basis. These items include taxes, old medical papers, and legal documents. Create a file box to keep these archived items. Its better to store them in a plastic container vs cardboard for protection.

5. Also evaluate your file system? Are the items you are storing effective? If you have a chronic medical legal issue you may need to create a temporary portable filing system in a accordian file, or binder, or small file box.

6. What can you store electronically? I keep a lot of my favorite resources on the computer vs paper files.

I hope these tips help you organize your personal file system. Remember no two systems are alike and you need to keep what information is relevant to your life and needs.
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