Get Organized in Style with this Folder System

Get Organized in Style with this Folder System

Tackle that stack of papers in a useful and beautiful way with our colorful downloadable.

It’s nice to have at least one little organized space. The laundry may be in 12 different piles. There may still be dishes in the sink. Toys are everywhere. But it’s a great feeling to have that one spot on your desk or in the kitchen that’s got it together.

And the feeling is what really matters. (Nevermind the chaos that surrounds it.)

While not everything you find in those clutter areas will fit inside a folder, it’s simple enough to stay on top of the paperwork if you’ve got a filing system that makes sense. Download and print our customizable labels and folder fronts, and then get started with these steps.

Step 1: Sort
Grab a box, basket or even laundry bin and move around your home collecting paperwork from desks, entryway tables, the kitchen and other paper-ridden spots. Next, sit down and sort your paperwork by category.

Tip: Toss outdated and unneeded papers as you go – think manuals for appliances you no longer own and grocery receipts from over a year ago. If you think you might, maybe, possibly need it in the future, scan it and save a version on your computer. Give it a filename and put it in a folder that makes sense and that you’ll remember.


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Also, be sure to shred any documents containing personal information.

Step 2: Organize

After sorting your paperwork, assess the volume and select a system that fits your needs. Individual file folders may be enough for your needs. If not, here are some other options:

  • Expandable Folder: If you haven’t accumulated a lot of paperwork, a set of expandable file folders should suffice. Create one folder for each year; most have 10-20 pockets and are slim enough to fit inside a drawer when they aren’t in use. You can even decoupage yours and display it on a shelf or bookcase.
  • Filing Cabinet: When you have lots of papers, or anticipate having more in the near future, invest in a filing cabinet.
  • Binders: Do you own a home business, or supplement your income by selling handmade goods? In this case, binders are the best choice. Fill one with invoices, another with write-off receipts, and so on. Line them up on a shelf, go through them once a year and transfer dated documents to a filing cabinet.

Step 3: Use it!

Now that you’ve set up a system, be sure to use it. Whenever you’re done with a document, file it away. Within the folders, order documents from newest to oldest. At the end of each year, review your files and get rid of anything that’s no longer relevant, or scan and save digital copies – back them up on an external hard drive (and through an online cloud service) just like you would with photos.

Check out the HomeMade Simple TV show for more home office organizing tips.

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