Today, I am sharing part 2 of my file cabinet organization!
I spent most of the morning yesterday out and about running errands. I had a pretty extensive shopping list when I left my house, however I managed to get everything on my list!
A few of these items were used for projects- one that I will be sharing on Friday =)
I purchased 25 letter size hanging file folders and five small rolls of washi tape. I wanted to find white hanging files, but I wasn't able to find any white ones anywhere. I ended up with these, which are a brownish/tan color. It was either this or murky green, so I chose the brown. Although, I wasn't thrilled with the color choices, I am an incredibly impatient person and couldn't go from place to place searching for white hanging files, plus it was snowing and I wanted to get home…so brown it was.
Initially I planned on creating my own labels when I got back home and just using boring construction paper, or possibly making them on the computer. When I saw the washi tape stand, I did a double take. After spending a few minutes rummaging through the display, I decided that at $2 a roll I would buy 5 for my five categories.
Don't they look nice? I simply took the white label they supplied, wrapped the washi tape around it, and then created a label with my label maker. I think they look great, and I'm really excited about the way my file drawer looks now.
After organizing everything into five categories, I made sure to sort through each folder, getting rid of any papers I wouldn't need anymore.
Look at all that recycling!
Now, here's what my file drawer looks like now...
My first category is financial. I have my paycheck stubs, credit card files, tax files, budgeting files, and anything else that has to do finances.
My second category has to do with my car. I have a folder for general information, one for maintenance, and one for car insurance.
The third category is anything that has to do with work. I keep my current background checks, information for my job, and information for DMA in these files.
My green category is special events. I have files for both weddings I am participating in this year (any hotel information, registry information, etc goes in these files), and I also have files for vacations that I took last year.
My last section is my "everything else" category. I keep warranties, my writing, and medical information in this section.
Behind the hanging file folders is extra printer paper and extra notepads.
Goodbye recycling and stuff I can donate!
By the way, I *think* that I can include this bag of donations, and a bag of recycling into my Less Stuff Less Stress total! It feels so good to get rid of things I don't need, and to simplify. I don't feel overwhelmed when I open this drawer anymore- everything is simple and neat, just the way I like it!
Here's a final before and after for you:
SOOOO much better!
Did you organize your files along with me? Share your links in the comment section, I would love to see what you've done!