by Penelope Loves Lists Contributor Jenna Miller
Yet another way my love of lists informs even the most tedious of tasks! I wanted to give you a quick peek into a recent organizing project I conquered—developing a new filing system for all of my household’s important paperwork. My go-to method of list-making made it shockingly easy.
My “filing system” before now consisted of two portable cardboard filing boxes stuffed with a few years’ worth of documents. (Please forgive the one on the left; it’s been through many moves. The one on the right is See Jane Work.)
Clearly, I needed a better system.
I ordered this affordable yet sturdy two-drawer filing cabinet, jewel-toned hanging file folders, and regular ol’ manila folders. Armed with my favorite list-making notepad, I cleared off our dining room table and got to work.
After I threw away/shredded any outdated or junk documents, I began organizing our important papers into piles—each labeled with a post-it note according to category:
Working at a big table so I could spread out all my paper into piles was key here. To be clear, I didn’t start with a pre-determined list of file categories. Instead, I let the paper piles build up, stuck a post-it on top of each pile to label it, and at-a-glance could see the files I needed to create.
Then all I had to do was copy those categories onto labels for my hanging file folders. Not one label went to waste with this system. And they’re all color-coded, of course. Boo-yah.
Behold the finished product:
I’m pretty proud of myself, as I didn’t do the usual Pinterest search for file organization ideas here. I was short on time, so drank about 4 cups of coffee and just went to town. And the best part? I knocked this entire project out during MJ’s nap time. #caffeinatedmamapower
Do you have a system for organizing your files? I’d love to hear it.